Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday. In the United States, it is commemorated as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. And, since Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines, that’s definitely a holiday I can get behind. (Sneak preview: tomorrow’s post will feature a fun Jewish twist on Cinco de Mayo.) Serve these dairy dishes at your Shabbat dinner to add some flare to your meal in honor of this special occasion. Buen provecho!
For starters, connect your meal to its Spanish heritage with a traditional Sephardic challah, pan de calabaza.
I have been dying to try this mushroom and poblano tart since I saw it a year ago. It is a fun, whole grain dish that will definitely take your guests by surprise.
Serve these black bean chilaquiles to appease the die-hard meat eaters at your table with a little more heft and protein. The recipe is vegan, but I don’t think a crumble of feta or queso fresco on top will do anyone harm, right?
As a side dish, this fresh, mayo-free coleslaw with a Mexican twist seems like just the thing to add some crunch and spring flavors to the meal.
I wouldn’t normally advocate serving a fried dessert like sopapillas on Shabbat, but since I’ve done it before, I can offer two pieces of advice: 1) They’re going to be amazing even a few hours after frying and 2) Watch out for the oil! Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Shabbat Shalom and happy cooking!
Pronounced: shuh-BAHT or shah-BAHT, Origin: Hebrew, the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.