Taco Soup

Taco Soup – a perfect Sukkot meal

As the weather has gotten colder, like all of us, I’m making soups more often. And lately I’ve been obsessing over this Taco Soup! I got the recipe inspiration from Mayra Wendolyne of @low.carb.love on Instagram.

Once you make this soup, you’ll be craving it for a while, trust me. ­čśë Not only is it delicious and super easy but it’s a super-filling meal with the boost of protein from the Beyond Meat.

If you don’t feel like lugging out your big soup pot, make it in your instant pot! Or, add all the ingredients to your slow cooker in the morning, set it on low for 7-8 hours (or high for 4-6 hours).

Not only is this a great addition to your soup rotation, but it’s perfect for the last days of Sukkot. Of course, if you’re making a meat meal, use parve cream cheese! If you do, just be aware that the soup will look like it’s separating, but just be patient, once it’s done cooking, stir it well and it’ll stay nice and creamy.

This soup also reheats nicely, and the endless toppings make it so fun for a taco soup bar!

Chag Sameach!

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Taco Soup
Course: Soup
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
Taco Soup
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 16 oz. Package of Beyond Meat or Impossible Burger
  • 2-3 Celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 Small white onion, chopped
  • 2 Bell peppers (any color), chopped
  • 2-3 Carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 Can Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies Use any variety - either mild or spicy
  • 16 oz Vegetable Broth I like the Imagine Soup brand, the low sodium - just eyeball about half the container (which is a total of 32 oz.)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 8 oz. Block of Cream Cheese Or use parve cream cheese if making a fleishig meal
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Soup toppings
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese or Parve
  • Sour Cream Or parve
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Pickled Jalapeno slices Optional
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped Optional
  • Tortilla chips You can use tortilla strips, or crush regular tortilla chips, or just add them whole.
  • 1 Lime, cut into wedges
Instructions
  1. In a medium soup pot, heat up a drizzle of olive oil and add the garlic on medium heat for about 1 minute (be careful not to burn the garlic - it happens fast, so keep an eye on it)

  2. Add the onion, carrot, bell peppers and celery, season with salt and pepper and saut├ę for about 6-7 minutes until the veggies are soft

  3. Add in the Beyond Meat and break use a wooden spoon to break up the meat into smaller pieces. Season again with salt and pepper and cumin.

  4. Pour in the can of Rotel canned tomatoes, veggie stock and 2 cups of water (here's a trick - after adding the Rotel, fill the can up with water and add that to the pot - it's exactly 16 oz. which equals 2 cups. I love using this method because it's one less thing to wash, plus you get the extra flavor bits in the can of the Rotel!)

  5. Taste the soup at this point and add in any additional salt, pepper or cumin. I added about a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of cumin

  6. Add the block of cream cheese, either regular or parve and let the soup simmer on high with the lid on, for about 15-20 minutes

  7. Ladle into bowls and add your toppings! Enjoy!

Shakshuka With Feta Cheese

Feta ShakshukaA while back I needed a fast vegetarian recipe that works well for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I was in charge of doing a virtual team building exercise for my team at work. We were split between Chicago and London with several different food restrictions. The decision was made for it be a “cook-a-long”. I decided on shakshuka, because it is fast, easy and works well for any meal. It is a dish of eggs simmered in a spicy tomato sauce that originates from the Middle East and North Africa.

Shakshuka is great recipe for the “nine days“. The nine days are time a traditional time of mourning when many Jews do not eat meat. While this recipe is already pretty easy, if you are is a rush you can take a short cut and use jarred salsa instead of peppers, onions, hot sauce, and crushed tomatoes.

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Feta Shakshuka
Shakshuka With Feta Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Shakshuka is a fast vegetarian egg dish that works well for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, that is great for the "nine days".

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Israeli, Jewish, Kosher, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings: 2 Serving
Author: Daniel Peikes
Ingredients
  • 1┬Ż Cups Canned Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Medium Onion Diced
  • 1 Medium Sweet Bell Pepper Diced
  • 3 Large Eggs Brought to room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese Crumbled
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Schug , Harrisa, or the hot sauce of your choice Optional
  • Salt and Pepper To taste
  • Crusty Sourdough Toast or Baguette For serving
Instructions
  1. Take the eggs out of the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature.

  2. Place the pan over low heat and add the oil and the onions. Season the onions with salt and pepper to taste. Saut├ę the onions until they begin to become translucent.

  3. Add the bell peppers to the pan and saut├ę until the peppers begin to soften. Add the crushed tomatoes and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir in the schug, harrisa, or the hot sauce of your choice, if you want to add a kick.

  4. Carefully crack the eggs directly in to the pan, making sure not to break the yolks. Allow the eggs to simmer in the tomatoes until the whites are set and yolks just stark to thicken. Top with the feta and a little more black pepper.

  5. This is traditionally eaten right out of the pan accompanied by some toast or crusty bread.

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

I can’t believe it’s already mid-July. Seriously, where did this year go already? Well, now that the 9 days before Tisha B’av are here, MYV presents you with some great meatless recipes, including my Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.

Truthfully, the 9 days always sneak up on me. Of course I know when the start of the 3 weeks (before Tisha B’av starts) but since I’m meatless all year round, I have to remind myself to meal prep a bit different during these 9 days to make sure I don’t accidentally prepare a deli sandwich for Ellie!

Lazy Dessert

This dessert could not be easier. It’s basically the lazy man’s cheesecake. No water bath, no laundry list of ingredients and a really, really long wait time to chill in the fridge. Just a handful of ingredients that literally took me under 5 minutes to make and pop in the oven. I made a cheesecake for Shavuot and while it was absolutely delicious, I was reminded how long the process takes. And it’s so tempting to dig right in the second it comes out of the oven. But no, patience is a virtue. And a necessity in making cheesecake.

The ricotta cheese and a splash of lemon juice gives the cheesecake a nice creamy but tangy flavor – the perfect cheesecake copycat. Now, I used chocolate chips, but you could add in some fresh berries (perhaps from your summer garden or farmers market) or swirl in some peanut butter along with your chocolate chips for a decadent twist. And by all means, if you have some fresh berry compote in your fridge, you must spoon some on top. And while you’re at it, go crazy with some whipped cream! A cheesecake that takes this little time (and only 45 minutes in the oven) is truly special. And I’m guessing it might make an appearance in your dessert repertoire next Shavuot.

Have a safe and easy fast, friends!

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Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 people
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
  • 1 16oz container Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sweetener
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla or Maple extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Line a non-stick 9-inch round or 8x8 inch square baking dish with parchment paper or non-stick spray

  3. Mix all ingredients together in a medium-size bowl

  4. Add the mixture to the baking pan and smooth out the top

  5. Bake for 45 minutes

  6. Let the cake cool completely before slicing

  7. Serve with berry compote or whipped cream! Or BOTH!

  8. Store leftovers in the fridge (HA, as if there will be leftovers)

Looking for some more recipes for the 9 meatless days before Tisha B’av? We’ve got you covered!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Casserole

 

Raw Walnut Tacos

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I was cleaning out my freezer the other day and I had a giant bag of frozen broccoli. I wasn’t really in the mood for roasted veggies, just craving something different. Looking in the fridge, I realized we had shredded cheddar cheese of course, the classic Broccoli Cheddar Soup immediately came to mind.

Now sure, this soup is great a cold winter day and well, it has been a bit chilly here lately in Chicago. But since Shavuot starts in just a couple days, this is a great time for this soup to shine. Hello CHEESE!

Childhood Classic

Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, we kept kosher in the house. but at that time, we were still eating out at non-kosher restaurants. My dad would take my younger sister Avi and me to Panera Bread on occasion and our order of choice was the Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Sometimes with the bread bowl. I mean, it’s a great idea in theory, but really, it’s just too much. I have no idea how we would devour the soup AND the bread bowl. Growing kids, I guess, HA!

How fun is it to recreate classic restaurant dishes at home? The food don’t always turn out exactly as we remember, but the moment I tasted this soup, I was instantly brought back to my childhood. Sitting at the booth at Panera with my sister and my dad, eating this soup just reminds me of home. Pure nostalgia. I guess that’s the whole idea of comfort food!

This soup does the trick. Not only is it homey and comforting, but it’s ridiculously easy, with only a handful of ingredients. Oh and it reheats well – perfect for a yom tov meal.

I hope you get as much joy eating this as I did. ­čÖé Happy Shavuot!

Don’t forget to check out our other Shavuot recipes here!

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Course: Soup
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups Low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 4 cups Broccoli florets Use frozen to make it SO much easier!
  • 3 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Butter, or ghee
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt the butter or ghee on medium heat and cook the garlic for about 1 minute

  2. Add the broth, broccoli, heavy cream, salt and pepper and bring to a boil

  3. Simmer the soup covered for about 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender

  4. Reduce the heat to low and blend the soup with an immersion/stick blender. If you want to keep chunks of broccoli, you can either use a slotted spoon to take some out, or just blend until most of it is pureed

  5. Turn off the heat and add in the cheddar cheese about 1/2 cup at a time and immediately blend using your immersion blender. If you saved some broccoli for texture, return it to the soup and stir. This is a trick I learned from reading other bloggers and reading cookbooks for this post - blending the cheddar cheese into the soup helps not only to thicken but it prevents the cheese from getting clumpy in the soup

  6. Serve hot with extra cheddar cheese sprinkled on top (and I added a crazy of fresh pepper to garnish too). Bread bowl optional. ­čÖé

The Cheese Board: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert Level

Charcuterie boards seem to be all the rage these days. While we have already covered making large meat-based charcuterie boards, with the holiday of Shavuot approaching and its concentration on dairy, I figured it was time to address how to make a smaller cheese board. This is one of those times were the quality of the ingredients really makes a difference. As cheese boards are fairly simple, you cannot hide behind technique. When I am looking for high quality cheese that is beyond the basics, I go with The Cheese Guy. No, they are not sponsoring this post but I really do believe they carry some of the best cheese on the kosher market, available in the US. (Of course if they wanted to work something out, I would be happy to work with them. Brent Delman, have your people call my people).

I created three options, allowing you to tailor your experience around how how courageous you are, and how many people you are.┬á Each level will be provide a “center of the plate” cheese” along with a some supporting cheeses and some an accoutrement to round things out.┬á I plated each one on a bamboo cutting board, but any nice tray should work. Finally, what is a cheese board without wine? I have included The Cheese Guy’s recommendation for each of the “center of the plate cheeses as I am definitely not a sommelier.

Beginner Level Cheese Board

Beginner Cheese Board

We start out with something dry, something soft, and something goat:

Asiago shaved into thin strips with a vegetable peeler. I think of asiago as parmesan’s funkier cousin.

Gouda, a creamy soft cheese, cut into cubes. This one is a great melter, for your next grilled cheese or mac and cheese.

For your “center of the plate” cheese go with a whole log of Classic Goat Cheese (drizzled with honey if you want to be fancy). If you like cream cheese, but you want to take it to next level, goat cheese is where it’s at.

Serve with Ritz-style snack crackers and little jam on the side. I like a good strawberry jam, but raspberry or fig would also work nicely.

As far as wine in concerned, to go with the goat cheese, the fine folks at the Cheese Guy recommend a Sauvignon Blanc

Intermediate Level Cheese Board

Intermediate Cheese Board

We are going to take everything from our beginner level board and add the following:

For your “center of the plate” cheese, we are going to introduce some sliced fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with a balsamic reduction or some good olive oil if you want to be fancy.┬á This comes in a ball or a log and can be a little tricky to slice. Make sure and use a good, sharp knife.

I am also adding a Raw Milk Vermont Artisan Cheddar, sliced thinly, for a little sharpness.

Upgrade your cracker game by adding something with a little more texture and flavor.  One of those mixed party packs that comes with several varieties in different shapes is great for this application along with some mixed nuts for some texture and earthiness to cut the richness of the cheese.

The fine folks at The Cheese guy recommend White wine, pairing the mozzarella with Pinot Grigio.

Expert Level Cheese Board

Expert Cheese Board

For our expert level we are going to take everything from our intermediate level and add the following:

For your center of the plate it is time get in to something runny, the Vermont Bloom Brie Style cheese*. Brie is generally served at room temperature or warm. (You can also hit this one with honey is you want be fancy, or just use the jam.)

And as if weren’t funky enough we are going to add feta* cheese, for its briny flavor and crumbly texture.

Add some dried fruit and instead of crackers we are going to up our game with crostini.┬á For those of us who don’t speak Italian, those are “little toasts” made from a baguette sliced on a bias and placed under the broiler until lightly browned and the edges just begin to char.

Finally, it is time to break out the bubbly for this one. Pour yourself a flute of some ÔÇőChampagne or Prosecco.

This should just be considered a guide in your journey through wide world of cheese.  Feel free to make a cheese board your own. Prefer blue cheese to feta, go ahead and switch it out. If you want to add some fresh fruit to your board, grapes and sliced melon are a welcome addition.

What’s your favorite type of cheese? Let us know in the comments.

 

*Note that these cheeses are being played by their understudies in this picture as due to poor planning on my part I was unable to get the official “The Cheese Guy” version.

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Casserole

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Casserole

Hello friends! And almost Happy Shavout! Now, I know the title of this may may sound a little odd, but don’t worry, I’m using meatless meat here, specifically the Beyond Meat, to make this awesomely-easy Sausage Egg & Cheese Casserole, your newest savory dairy kugel for the upcoming holiday!

Spin on a classic breakfast Sandwich

If you’re not into using the parve meat, you can most definitely make this without it, but it definitely amps up the flavor and makes this a hearty side dish, otherwise, you’re just doing well, egg and cheese. Although there is nothing wrong with that combo.

For this year’s Shavuot recipes, I’m aiming for something easy. A throw-in-the-oven and don’t-think-about-it kind of dish. This casserole is just that. I browned the Beyond Beef on the stove, adding some salt, pepper and cumin. breaking it up with a wooden spoon until it was crumbly like sausage. Then I whisked the eggs, cream, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. I added the “beef” into a greased pan, topped with cheddar cheese and poured the egg and cream mixture on top. I also added in some pickled jalapenos just for fun. But that’s optional!

Leftover Magic

The great thing about this casserole, or kugel is that it’s great hot, room temp or even cold. It reheats well and you can even freeze leftovers!

What’s even more fun? Reheat this (at 325 for about 10 minutes) for the last days of yomtov, toast up some bagels and cut a few pieces of this casserole into thin slices and you’ve got yourself a “sausage, egg & cheese bagel”.

Chag Sameach! Now, let the dairy fest begin!

Want some more Shavuot recipes? Check out some past posts from Meat Your Vegetables here:

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Sausage, Egg & Cheese Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
 
Course: Brunch, Side Dish
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz. Package of Beyond Beef If you have parve "sausages" like the Beyond Meat Sausage, those would be delish here! Just chop 'em up!
  • 8 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced Or, I "pressed" them through my microplane zester. So much easier than mincing!
  • 1 handful Pickled jalapenos Optional, or add in fresh hot peppers if you have them! You could also add thinly sliced red onion, green pepper, or mushrooms
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Green onions, thinly sliced For garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized skillet, brown the beyond beef. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat into small chunks, like sausage. Add 1/4 salt and 1/4 pepper and cook for about 10 min.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 350F.

  3. While the meat is browning, crack the eggs into a medium/large bowl. Add in the cream, garlic, salt and pepper.

  4. When the meat is done, add it to a greased 9.5 x 9.5" pan.

  5. Sprinkle the cheese over the "sausage" then add in a handful of pickled jalapenos and pour the egg and cream mixture.

  6. Make sure the cream mixture is incorporated into all nooks and crannies of the casserole. You might need to use your hands to make sure all spots are covered, but it doesn't have to be perfect.

  7. Bake for 35 minutes.

  8. Let the casserole cool, then cut into squares and garnish with sliced green onions. Enjoy!

Fried Halloumi Cheese Bites with Kansas City-style BBQ sauce

It’s been some time since I posted a recipe here on MYV and for good reason. Ellie and I closed on a condo a few weeks ago and we’re getting ready to move (don’t worry, just 2 blocks away). So needless to say, I’ve been a little preoccupied. BUT, since the Super Bowl is THIS SUNDAY, and my beloved Kansas City Chiefs are in it, yet AGAIN! So how could I not give ya’ll a recipe to kick off the big game. Ha, see what I did there? ­čÖé And since KC is playing in the Super Bowl, I thought, why not make something with a KC-style BBQ sauce? So, I created a super-easy recipe for Fried Halloumi Cheese Bites with Kansas City-style BBQ sauce (sugar-free, by the way).

Crunchy Fried Goodness

Okay, so you most likely aren’t going to a big Super Bowl party this year or maybe you’ll just be watching it alone in your house, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make great party food. This recipe really does come together super quick. While you’re frying up the Haloumi cheese, you can make the BBQ sauce. Halloumi (or sometimes spelled “Haloumi”) is a semi-hard cheese made from a mixture of sheep’s milk and goat’s milk and sometimes cow milk is added in to. It has a really high melting point so it’s perfect for grilling or frying. Making these fried Halloumi bites would be a great “crouton” addition to your salad! If you can’t find Haloumi, try and look for Paneer, a cheese mainly used in Indian cuisine. I’ve found Paneer at both Costco and Restaurant Depot.┬á All you do is sprinkle the cubed Halloumi in some flour (I used coconut flour and some salt and pepper) and fry away. I just did a shallow pan fry but these will definitely be crispier if you deep fry or use your air fryer, if you have one.

KC style

Alright, don’t hate on me, but my BBQ sauce may not be the most super KC style ever, so I did tweak it a bit. But it’s okay to play with your food, right? Kansas City BBQ sauce is the perfect balance of both sweet and tangy flavors. Typically made with molasses and bright acidic flavors from tomato and vinegar, it also has the right balance of sweet and heat. It’s that classic, ketchup-based BBQ sauce that will be the perfect dipping sauce for these fried bites of goodness. I also made this recipe low carb and with only stevia instead of ketchup or adding additional sugar. But go ahead and use ketchup if you prefer it!

Be sure to check out Daniel’s Super Bowl recipe for Chicken Wings with a three different Sauces.

Want even MORE recipes to serve for the big game? Check out some of our favs!

“Bacon” Ranch Crack Dip

Grandma Janie’s Hot Mushroom Dip

Nacho Jalapeno Cheese Crisps

Tater Tot Nachos

Cheddar-stuffed Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Almond Butter Snickerdoodles

Happy Snacking and Super Bowl watching! Go CHIEFS!

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Fried Halloumi bites with Kansas City-style BBQ sauce
Course: Appetizer
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
Kansas City-style BBQ sauce (sugar-free)
  • 8 oz. Tomato Sauce (or Ketchup) Not pasta sauce, but just the canned tomato sauce, or the ones in the boxes
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Worchestershire Sauce, or Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke You can add another teaspoon if you like it more smoky, but start with 1 tsp to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Liquid Stevia Add more if you like it sweeter, but start with 1 tbsp. to taste
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
Fried Halloumi Bites
  • 9 oz. Halloumi cheese Doesn't have to be exact weight here
  • 2 tbsp. All-purpose Flour, or Coconut Flour
  • Vegetable Oil, or Avocado Oil, for frying I did a shallow pan fry so I just added a little bit to start and fried the Halloumi, just start with a few drizzles and add more if you need
Instructions
  1. Cut the cheese into cubes - whatever size you like!

  2. Spread the flour, salt and pepper on to a plate and roll the Halloumi on all sides, while it's wet

  3. Heat up the oil on medium heat, with a few tablespoons at a time and add more if you need. Add the cheese cubes and fry on all sides until crispy and golden (about 2-3 minutes). You're looking for the color of French Fries! But be careful they don't get too dark or burnt, but hey, unless you like burnt cheese

  4. Using tongs, or a slotted spoon (if deep frying), carefully lift the cheese cubes and let it cool slightly on a cooling rack with a paper towel underneath to catch any drippings

Make the BBQ sauce
  1. Add all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk until all ingredients are mixed

  2. Simmer on medium-low for about 5 minutes and let cool. Serve with Fried Halloumi bites!

Personal Spanakopita Cheesecake Topped with Feta and Crispy Leeks

Spanakopita CheesecakeThe holiday of Shavuot is approaching, or as they call it in my wife’s office the cheesecake holiday. Why is it the cheesecake holiday? I’m glad you asked. Shavuot is the only holiday on the Jewish calendar where we traditionally eat dairy. The primary reason given is that Shavuot celebrates the Jewish people’s reception of the Torah. The Torah contains the Jewish dietary rules know as kosher.┬á While the Jews sorted out these new rules, they stuck to eating dairy which has somewhat simpler rules than consuming meat.

As I have said many times before I am not a baker, and I usually leave anything pastry related to my wife. Instead of treading on her domain and doing a traditional sweet cheesecake for dessert I decide to challenge Rachel to a savory cheesecake challenge.

Spani-what?

I kicked around a few ideas including a deep dish pizza cheesecake, a goat cheese and caramelized onion cheesecake, and a hybrid cheesecake/frittata, but ultimately landed on a spanakopita inspired cheesecake. I took a bottom up approach for this recipe as I wanted to challenge myself to use filo dough (sometimes spelled phyllo) for the crust which can be hard to work with. Once I established that, and wanting to stay in the savory realm, the choice of spankakoptita was fairly obvious. Spankakoptita is a Greek spinach, feta cheese, and filo “pie”, often served in the style of a lasagna or as small hors d’oeuvres. A dish containing cheese, a savory vegetable, and crispy dough checks all the boxes needed to compete in this challenge.

Alerts and Alternatives

A few things to remember as you make this recipe. Taste your feta before you use it.┬á Some brands are are more moist than others. I prefer a moister feta for this recipe. When frying your leeks keep your temperature low, otherwise the leeks will burn quickly. If you can’t be bothered to make these as personal cheesecakes this will work perfectly well as a large cheesecake. If you decide to make it as a large cheesecake you can use filo dough as a base or you can use a store bought frozen savory pie crust (not a shelf stable graham cracker crust like you would use for a sweet cheesecake).

Recipe: Personal Spanakopita Cheesecake Topped with Feta and Crispy Leeks

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Spanakopita Cheesecake
Personal Spanakopita Cheesecakes Topped with Feta and Crispy Leeks
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
 

A twist on a Greek dish that is perfect for your Shavuot table.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek, Holiday, Kosher
Keyword: Cheesecake, Spanakopita
Servings: 24
Author: Daniel Peikes
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Cream Cheese 2 bricks, allow to soften on the counter for an hour
  • 1 lb Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 lbs Fresh Spinach Washed and stems removed
  • 2 Large Onions Sliced
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter Melted
  • Kosher Salt For seasoning your spinach and onions
  • 2 Large Leeks Green part removed, white part cleaned, and sliced in to matchsticks
  • 1 lb Feta Cheese Crumbled
  • Vegetable Oil For Frying
  • 1-1 lb Package Filo Dough
Instructions
  1. Add 2 tablespoons of the melted butter to a large saute pan an place over medium heat. Add the onions and season with a heavy pinch of salt. Saute until the onions begin to brown.

  2. Add 2 more tablespoons of butter and the spinach to the pan. Season again with another heavy pinch of salt. Cook until the spinach has wilted, but be careful not to cook it too much as spinach shrinks significantly when cooked.

  3. Remove the spinach and onion mixture from the pan to the bowl from your mixer. Drain off any excess liquid. Allow to cool to room temperature.

  4. Add the cream cheese, ricotta, and eggs to the mixer Bowl. With the paddle attachment mix until thoroughly combined. You can do this in a mixing bowl with a spatula, but the stand mixer definitely makes it easier.

  5. Brush the muffin tins with melted butter. Cut the filo dough in to 48-3x3 inch squares, and brush each square with melted butter. Place two squares in each cup slightly off set from each other making sure to cover the entire side and bottom the muffin tin cup.

  6. Fill each cup 3/4 the way with the spinach and cream cheese mixture, about 3 tablespoons.

  7. Top each one with feta and bake for 45 minute. Allow to cool and remove from the muffin tins.

  8. Add a 1/4 inch of oil to a frying pan and place over low heat. Once the oil is hot add a handful of leeks at a time, and fry until they just turn golden brown. Be careful as the leeks can burn quickly.

  9. Top the cheesecakes with the leeks and serve immediately.

What’s your favorite kind of cheesecake? Have you ever made a savory cheesecake? If so what flavors did you use?

Don’t forget to check out Rachel’s savory cheesecake:┬áMini Crust-less Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes (Happy Shavuos!)

Mini Crust-less Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes (Happy Shavuos!)

Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes!

Happy almost-Shavuos!┬á The holiday of WAY too much dairy, lol!┬á Since the holiday starts in just a few days, why not go all-out with a savory cheesecake challenge!┬á And yet again, I’m channeling inspiration from my mother, and making mini savory crust-less smoked salmon cheesecakes!┬á These are the perfect little appetizer to serve at your Shavuos meal!

Of course you can make this into a giant cheesecake pie, but I prefer to make these mini versions since I’m not sure how many people would eat a whole slice filled with smoked salmon, capers, dill and green onion?┬á But hey, maybe you’re into that sorta thing! The mini versions are great served with crackers (bagel chips would be perfect), carrot sticks, celery or cucumbers.┬á It’s having a bagel with lox and cream cheese but in a fancier, party-spread kind of way!

Originally, I made this version with a crust, just to play around with it, but in the end I decided it didn’t need it! Since the whole point was to spread this on a bagel or cracker, or cucumber slice, the crust just didn’t add anything to the dish, and plus, it’s one less step in this recipe! And by all means, you can definitely make this a no-bake dish too by omitting the eggs.

Want to make this dairy-free?┬á Substitute the cream cheese for a dairy-free cheese, like using Tofutti, or my favorite brand, Kite Hill dairy-free cream cheese spread (they have a jalapeno flavor that is so good – pick it up at Whole Foods).

So have fun playing around with this new version of a cheesecake and Chag Sameach to all of our faithful followers!

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Recipe: Mini Crust-less Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes

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Smoked Salmon Cheesecake
Mini Savory Crust-less Smoked Salmon Cheesecakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 
Servings: 12 mini cheesecakes
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
Filling
  • 2 Bricks Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 Egg, large
  • 4 oz. Smoked Salmon, chopped I used 1 package of the Trader Joe's Everything but the bagel seasoning smoked salmon (yum!)
  • 3 Green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Dried dill I happen to LOVE dill, so feel free to adjust to your taste - if you use fresh, just grab a handful and chop it up!
  • 2 tbsp Capers (optional) I like that salty, briny kick that capers bring to this creamy spread!
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325F, line a muffin tin with paper or silicon liners

  2. Add the cream cheese to a large bowl and using a hand mixer, beat until mixed together, about 30 seconds. Add in 1 egg at a time until fully mixed

  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients and spoon the filling in the pan

  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer jiggly in the middle

  5. Cool for 10-15 minutes, peel the liner and enjoy! Serve with crackers or raw veggies

Don’t forget to check out Daniel’s savory take on cheesecakes: Personal Spanakopita Cheesecake Topped with Feta and Crispy Leeks

Looking for a light Shavuot menu check this out: Light and Easy Shavuot Menu

Broccoli Cheddar Jalape├▒o Scones For Passover

Broccoli Cheddar Jalape├▒o SconesPassover – Here We Come!

What could possibly go wrong when you mix some broccoli florets with cheddar cheese and diced jalape├▒o?┬á I mean, how about the perfect bite?┬á A heaping tablespoon of yummy perfection, that tastes like broccoli cheddar soup with a spicy kick! Enter my Broccoli Cheddar Jalape├▒o Scones – and let the drooling begin!

So, here I am again, giving you some fresh new ideas for Pesach food, a non-Gebrochts, no matzah meal recipe and may this will be your new pre-seder fav (to serve alongside my herby cucumber salad)!

This isn’t your cardboard-tasting Pesach food.┬á Nah, this is a cross between “corn” bread and a savory scone, so how about “brone”? Okay, that probably won’t catch on anytime soon.

Broccoli Cheddar Jalape├▒o Scones

All About Ease

Here’s the deal with this recipe.┬á You can either use fresh, raw broccoli (my fav) or, thawed frozen broccoli (my savior for making this easy-peasy).┬á And we all know how annoying it is to wash broccoli that could be chock-full of bugs (sorry, but it’s true), so why not buy a giant bag of frozen broccoli and make a huge batch of these scones to have during Pesach and all year ’round!

We Want to Hear From You!

And stay tuned for much more Passover recipes coming to you soon from Daniel and me.┬á We love getting inspiration from other Kosher food bloggers, social media, or just browsing through the hottest cookbook, to give you our spin!┬á I personally love bringing a new perspective on classic dishes, but if there is something that you’d like for either of us to try out, let us know by submitting your comment below!┬á Maybe a fresh new take on stuffed cabbage, or macaroons?

Passover may not seem like the ideal time to experiment with new flavors but we say “why not” – let’s break free from what we “think” we know Passover food should be!┬á And yes, there is SO much more than brisket and matzah pizza! ­čÖé

Thank you dear readers for your loyalty to MYV, and we wish you all a Chag Kasher V’Sameach, a Happy Passover and Happy Easter too!

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Broccoli Cheddar Jalape├▒o Scones
Broccoli Cheddar Jalape├▒o Scones
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Servings: 20 mini scones, approx.
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
  • 2 Eggs. whisked
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 2 cups Diced Broccoli Either fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 Jalape├▒o, diced Either use fresh or pickled, but if you want to tone down the heat, remove the seeds and ribs. Don't like it hot? Use diced red peppers, or pimentos instead!
  • 1/3 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp Heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Mix all ingredients (except remaining 2 tbsp. of heavy cream) in a giant bowl using a wooden spoon until a thick dough comes together.

  3. Using your hands, add the dough in the center of the pan in a circular square shape.

  4. Cut the dough into big squares and then cut each square on a diagonal to resemble triangles.  You can try and separate the dough once you cut it, but I find it easier to leave as is, then it just comes out like "pull apart" scones.

  5. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the scone/bread with the heavy cream.

  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

  7. Serve alongside by herby cabbage salad and a scoop of tuna fish for a hearty pre-seder meal! 

Don’t forget to check out Daniel’s new Passover recipe:┬áPassover Seder Roast

Check out all of our Passover recipes here!