Seder Salad With Charoset Clusters

For my second Passover (Pesach) Seder recipe I wanted to make a salad that borrows from the ninth step in the Seder, Maror (מָרוֹר).  The term maror literally translates to bitter.  In  this step we eat a bitter herb or vegetable dipped in a paste of fruits and nuts mixed with sweet red wine called Charoset to temper the bitterness. (Or is it haroset,  charoises, or חֲרֽוֹסֶת(

Maror Seder Salad

We eat maror at the Seder to remind us of the bitterness of the slavery in Egypt. In Ashkenazic circles the most common things to use for maror are romaine lettuce and horseradish.  Others have the custom to use other bitter greens such as dandelions, endive, or radicchio. Using onion is not unheard of either.  The great thing about all of these, is they make excellent salad greens.  If you can’t (or don’t feel like) finding all these greens, bagged spring mix will do in a pinch. I also borrowed from the Karpas step of the Seder (where we eat vegetables dipped in salt water) for this recipe, by including celery and radishes.

Charoset Clusters

The charoset reminds us of the bricks and mortar we were forced to make and build with when we toiled in the hot Egyptian sun. As standard croutons are prohibited for those of us who don’t eat  leavened bread on Passover, I needed to find a suitable substitution.  The crunchy nuts of the charoset was a great option. Also, the sweetness of the apples do a great job balancing out all the bitterness in the salad.

Dressing

For the dressing I call for red wine vinegar, as a play on the four cups of wine traditionally drunk at the seder, but apple cider vinegar will work as a substitute. I mixed that with a little bit of horseradish and parsley to bring everything back to maror and karpas.

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Seder Salad
Seder Salad With Charoset Clusters
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

A salad for your seder that borrows from marror, charoset, and karpas. The bitter greens are balanced by the crunchy apple and nut clusters.

Course: Salad, Side
Cuisine: Jewish, Kosher, Passover, Pesach, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: Passover, pesach, salad, seder
Servings: 10
Author: Daniel Peikes
Ingredients
Salad
  • 2 Cups Romain Lettuce Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Cups Endive Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Cups Dandelion Greens Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Cups Radicchio Roughly Chopped
  • 3 Radishes Sliced into rounds
  • 3 Stalks Celery with their Leaves Slice the stalks thinly on a bias and reserve the leaves to add to the salad
  • 1 Small Red Onion Sliced thin
Candied Charoset Clusters
  • 1 Small Apple Pealed, cored, and diced small
  • 1 Cup Walnuts Roughly copped
  • 1 Cup Sugar
Dressing
  • Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • Cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp Grated Horseradish
  • 1 tsp Chopped Garlic Garlic powder will work in a pinch
  • 1 tsp Chopped Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Salt and Pepper To taste
Instructions
Apple and Walnut Clusters
  1. Add the sugar to the sauce pan and place on the stove over medium heat.

  2. Cook sugar stirring constantly. Once the sugar melts add the walnuts and apples. Stir thoroughly to coat.

  3. Cook the apple, nut, and sugar mixture until the sugar begins to caramelize.

  4. Once the sugar is a light brown spread the mixture in a thin layer on to the parchment lined sheet pan to cool.

  5. Once the mixture is cool, cover it with another sheet of parchment paper and break it up into small pieces with a heavy pan or a meat mallet.

Dressing
  1. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, honey, horseradish, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Note you may not need to use all the dressing.

Salad Assembly
  1. Lightly dress the greens and vegetables, and top with the charoset clusters.

Don’t forget to check out some of our other Passover recipes:

Passover Potatoes

Passover Basics: Honey Roasted Chicken

Kumquat Mango Chutney Charoset Chicken

Passover Potatoes

It’s been a while, so in order to get things moving again I am going to try and get four posts out for Passover (AKA Pesach) with a single theme, starting with my Grandmother’s roasted Passover Potatoes.  All four recipes will feature ingredients that are used elsewhere in the Seder. The Seder, which literally translates to “order”  is a 15 part ritual performed on the first two nights of Passover (or just just the first night if your reside in Israel). Several steps of the Seder include eating symbolic foods. The Seder also includes as a full meal towards the end known as Shulchan Oreich (שלחן עורך‎).  Reusing some of the symbolic foods eaten earlier in the Seder at Shulchan Oreich, is a great way to cut down on work for a holiday that is usually very labor intensive.

Many people use boiled potatoes for the part of the Seder know as Karpas (כרפס‎). Karpas is the part of the Seder where a vegetable dipped in salt water is eaten. This is to remind us of the tears shed when our ancestors were slaves in Egypt.  This is my custom and great excuse to make my grandmother’s roasted Passover potatoes. This recipe also calls for boiling the potatoes before roasting them.

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Potatoes
Passover Potatoes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
 

My grandmother's roasted potato recipe with a fluffy interior and crispy exterior, great for the Passover (Pesach) Seder.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jewsih, Kosher, Passover
Keyword: Passover, Sweet Potatoes
Servings: 5
Author: Daniel Peikes
Ingredients
  • 5 Large Russet Potatoes Peeled and cut into 8ths
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 3 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 3 tbsp Paprika
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot about 1/2 way with water and add the salt along with the potatoes.

  2. Place the pot over high heat until and bring it to a boil. Let the potatoes boil until they just begin to soften, roughly 10 minutes.

  3. Drain the potatoes with a colander and try and shake off as much moister as possible.

  4. Add the oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

  5. Preheat you over to 450°F. Then spread the potatoes out on a parchment paper lined sheet pan (or 2), making sure that none of the potatoes are touching.

  6. Roast the potatoes until they begin to brown on the top, about 25 minute. Turn the potatoes over and repeat on the other side. Keep and eye on them as this is more about getting a golden brown color and a crispy exterior (without burning the potatoes) then cooking for a specific amount of time.

Look out for more new Passover recipes coming soon. In the mean time don’t forget to check out some of our past Passover recipes:

Passover Basics: Quick Carrots With a Little Something Extra

Passover Basics: Honey Roasted Chicken

Mini Passover Bagels

Apple Cider Donuts Filled With Apple Filling and Apple Glaze

As fall approaches apple cider donuts (or is it doughnut) seem to be all the rage (and I personally believe apple always beats pumpkin spice) and they make a great Rosh Hashana dessert. One of the major complaints I have about your average apple cider donut is they don’t really taste like apples. I wanted to find a way to infuse as much apple flavor into the recipe.  I decided to go with an apple glazed apple filled yeast donut made with apple cider instead of the more traditional cake donut usually used for apple cider donuts.

Don’t forget to check out some of our  other Rosh Hashanah recipes:

Spaghetti Squash Apple Date Kugel

Slow Braised Brisket With Apples For Rosh Hashanah

Braised Short Ribs with Apples and Pomegranate Honey Glaze

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Apple Cider Doughnuts
Apple Glazed and Apple Filled Apple Cider Donuts
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Rise Times
4 hrs
 

A fall classic that is perfect for Rosh Hashanah

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Fall, Holiday, Jewish, Kosher, Rosh Hashanah
Keyword: Apple, Apple Cider, Apple Cider Donut, Apple Cider Doughnut, Donut, Doughnut, Fall, Holiday, kosher, rosh hashanah
Servings: 12 Donuts
Author: Daniel Peikes
Ingredients
Apple Filling
  • 2.5 Cups Apple Cider Divided
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 6 Large Apples Peeled, cored, and diced small
  • 2 Cups Apple Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch Kosher Salt
Apple Glaze
  • 8 Cups Apple Cider
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Butter
Apple Cider Donuts
  • 1-1/2 Cups Apple Cider Divided
  • 1 Envelope Instant Yeast
  • 1/4 Cup Shortening Melted and cooled
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 24 Ounces All Purpose Flour About 5 cups
  • Vegetable or Canola Oil for Frying
  • Apple Glaze See recipe above
  • Apple Filling See recipe above
Instructions
Apple Cider Donuts
  1. Pour 1/2 a cup of apple cider into a microwave bowl and heat in the microwave to about 100°F. Alternatively you could do this in a small pot on the stove. Add in the packet of yeast, stir to combine, and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir to combine.

  3. In the bowl of your mixer, add the 2 eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, the remaining 1 cup of apple cider and melted shortening and beat with the whisk attachment until lighter in color and volume doubles. Then slowly add the yeast and apple cider mixture.

  4. Switch to the paddle attachment on your mixer and add a ⅓ of the dry ingredients. Mix until fully incorporated, then slowly add in the remaining dry ingredients until a dough forms. If the there are still dry pockets of flour add a little bit more apple cider.

  5. Cover and allow to rise at room temperature until doubled in size.

  6. Roll the dough into pieces slightly larger than a golf ball. You should get about 12 pieces. Place on parchment lined baking sheet dusted with flour and allow to rise until doubled in size.

  7. Place 3 inches of oil in your Dutch oven or pot, place over medium heat, and bring up to 350°F

  8. Fry your donuts until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Allow to cool.

  9. Using a large piping bag with a wide filling nozzle fill with the apple filling (see recipe below). Sometime it help to use the handle of a large wooden mixing spoon to create a pocket first.

  10. Dip the top of each donut in to the apple glaze (see recipe below) and top with a little more of the apple filling.

Apple Filling/Topping
  1. Pour two cups of the apple cider in a large sauce pot, reserving a 1/2 cup for later use.

  2. Add the apples, apple sauce, apple butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the pot and place on the stove over medium heat. Stir to combine.

  3. Continue stirring the apple mixture and once it begins to thicken, in a bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup of apple cider and corn starch and stir to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the apple mixture to and continue to cook until until the filling starts to gel.

  4. Allow the filling to cool and and use to fill and top your donuts.

Apple Glaze
  1. Combine 8 cups apple cider, 4 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of nutmeg and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in a medium sauce pan. Place over medium heat and reduce by ¾.

  2. Set the glaze aside to cool to room temperature and stir in the the apple butter. Alternatively make this in advance and store in the fridge and bring back to room temperature before using.

Korean BBQ Rice Bowls

Korean BBQ has been on my list to make for a while.  I was looking for something to grill for Father’s day that I could do hot and fast, as I did not have the patience for a long cook. I figured it would be a great time to give it a shot. Korean BBQ is traditionally cooked at the table by the diners on a small table top grill designed specifically for that purpose. You can use standard charcoal grill or even a gas grill in a pinch.  I used a Weber 22″ kettle (I have 5) with some Jealous Devil Max Xl Charcoal Briquets, and it worked great.

Meat For Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ includes several marinated meats including bulgogi (thinly sliced steak), kalbi or galbi (short ribs), and samgyeopsal (pork belly). For the samgyeopsal obviously I didn’t use pork, but I did have some beef bacon in the fridge I need to use up so it seemed like a good opportunity.  Ideally you would use fresh beef navel, but that can be hard to find, so I went with what I had. For the kalbi or galbi I used a thinly sliced mock tender from the chuck.  It is a poor man’s tenderloin, and if you slice it thin enough it works well for this application.

Garnishes

Traditional accompaniments eaten with Korean BBQ include several salads especially kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage.  I wasn’t able to find kosher kimchi, and I wanted to make a quick version of my own.  For an approximation of kimchi I was able to find gochujang, a Korean fermented hot sauce, which I mixed with sauerkraut. If you can’t find gochujang, you can use sriracha as a substitute.

A sprinkle of scallions and toasted sesame seeds would also be appropriate here for some color, crunch, and to cut the richness and sweetness of the meat. While not traditional, I added some edamame (soy beans) still in the shell for a little freshness and a pop of color. I often eat  edamame straight from their pods as a snack, dipped in some spicy duck sauce. When you plate up, use a wide bowl.  Mine was too small, because that is what I had.

Don’t forget to check out some of our other Asian or BBQ recipes (great for the 4th of July)

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Kosher Korean BBQ Rice Bowl
Kosher Korean BBQ Rice Bowl
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
30 mins
 

A kosher version of a classic Korean meal, great for a twist on a summer BBQ.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, BBQ, Korean, Kosher
Keyword: BBQ, Korean, Korean BBQ, kosher
Servings: 2 People
Author: Daniel Peikes
Ingredients
Bulgogi (Thinly Sliced Steak) or Kalbi (Short Ribs)
  • 1 Pear (Use an Asian pear if you can find it, otherwise any pear will do) Peeled, cored, chopped, and blended smooth
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Ground Ginger
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Mirin or Sherry
  • 2 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 lb Thinly Sliced Steak (Bulgogi)or Thinly Sliced Short Rib (Kalbi) Cut Across the Bones
Kosher Samgyeopsal (Beef Navel)
  • 1/2 lb Thick Cut Beef Bacon Raw beef navel would be more traditional but can be harder to come by
  • 2 Scallions Sliced Thin
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 tsp Gochujang (Sriracha will do in a pinch)
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
Accompaniments and Garnishes
  • Black and White Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Chopped Scallions
  • Frozen Edamame Still in the pod, steamed in the microwave
  • 2 Cups Cooked White Rice
Quick Kosher Kimchi
  • 1/2 Cup Sauerkraut
  • 1 Tbsp Gochujang (Sriracha will do in a pinch)
Instructions
Bulgogi (Thinly Sliced Steak) or Kalbi (Short Ribs)
  1. You can use the same marinade for bulgogi or kalbi. If you are making both you may want to double the recipe.

  2. In a large bowl combine the pear, brown sugar, white pepper, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, mirin or sherry, honey, and toasted sesame oil. Add the steak or short ribs and allow to marinate for 1-4 hours

  3. Cook on a grill or on grill pan over high heat until nicely seared on each side,

Kosher Samgyeopsal (Beef Navel)
  1. In a large bowl combine the gochujang, scallion, lime juice, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and toasted sesame oil. Add the beef bacon and allow to marinate for 1-4 hours

  2. Cook on a grill or on grill pan over high heat until nicely seared on each side,

Quick Kosher Kimchi
  1. In a small bowl combine the sauerkraut and gochujang. Mix thoroughly.

Assembly
  1. Place you rice in a mound in a bowl. Top with your meat and garnish with kimchi, edamame, scallions, and black and white toasted sesame seeds.

Gluten-Free Mango Bread

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I worked on some new stuff for the blog but I’m back at it! After finding out I was pregnant in November, truthfully, writing new recipes for the blog wasn’t top of mind. But, this Gluten-Free Mango Bread has been a hit in my book, so I wanted to share! And since I’m focused on foods that are beneficial to both baby and me, turns out mangoes are extremely beneficial during pregnancy.

Benefits of eating mango

Here are some of the benefits of eating mangoes during pregnancy!

  1. Prevents anemia. Mangoes are a great source of Vitamin C (one cup alone gives you 100% of your daily allowance)! They’re also high in Vitamin A and studies have shown that low vitamin A levels at birth are associated with lower immunity. Plus, they’re delicious and refreshing! Even though I’ve relaxed on the low-carb train for a bit, I’ve been adding lots of mangoes to my eating habits (buying the frozen chunks is SO much easier).
  2. Promotes Fetal Development. Folic acid is crucial for healthy development of the fetus, particularly the brain and spinal cord. Eating mangoes can help prevent neurological defects. Mangoes also contain vitamin B6 which is also essential for healthy development of the nervous system!
  3. Loaded with antioxidants. Full of vitamin C, mangoes help combat free radicals that can affect normal fetal development. And vitamin C helps reduce the risk of premature birth.
  4. Helps development of bones and teeth. Again, with that awesome vitamin A benefit! Plus, vitamin A is also necessary for healthy organ development such as the eyes, kidneys, heart and lungs.
  5. Maintains fluid balance. Your blood count increase during pregnancy (boy, did I notice that pretty early on!) so your body needs extra minerals to balance body fluids. Mangoes are filled with electrolytes including magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium.
  6. Prevents Preeclampsia. Magnesium is also critical during pregnancy as it’s a natural cure for preeclampsia (been using magnesium pretty much every night and it tremendously helps me sleep). Eating mangoes along with taking magnesium supplement (or lotion as I’ve been doing, since it’s better absorbed through the skin) helps build fetal muscles and prevents preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a common condition identified with high blood pressure and symptoms of damage to lungs and kidneys.

“Quick” Bread

This Gluten-Free Mango Bread recipe comes together in just a few minutes in the blender (and it’s Passover-friendly)! And the mangos add a great deal of moisture (I know, the “M” word) and I love adding cardamon, such a warming spice that pairs so perfectly. I topped the bread with crushed pecans to give it some texture but feel free to omit too. It’s a great breakfast option, toasted and shmeared with ghee, butter or cream cheese, or just a delicious snack on its own!

The bread will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks, or you can keep it in the freezer.

L’chaim to the mango!

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Gluten-Free Mango Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
 
Course: bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cardamom
  • 2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar Or sugar substitute
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Oil Olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil all work
  • 2 Mangos, peeled, pitted, roughly chopped You can use frozen (makes it MUCH easier)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, crushed Optional, for topping
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Spray an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and parchment paper

  2. Combine almond flour, cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl

  3. Add sugar, eggs, oil, mango chunks and lemon juice to a blender container and blend until smooth

  4. Pour mango mixture in the almond flour mixture and fold until evenly combined

  5. Pour into loaf pan

  6. Mix the crushed pecans in a small bowl and sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon (just eyeball it), if using and top the loaf with the mixture

  7. Bake for 50 minutes or until clean knife inserted into the center comes out clean

Stuffing Waffles With Caramelized Onions and (Beef) Bacon

Stuffing WafflesAs I was trying to come up with a recipe for the Thanksgiving season, I was listening one of the Thanksgiving episodes of one of my new favorite podcasts BBQ Radio Network, when one of the hosts, Andy Groneman mentioned two magical words: “stuffing waffles”. Andy Groneman is a second generation pitmaster who won hundreds of awards including 25 grand champions and was named the reserve grand champion at 2008 American Royal, which is considered by many to be the World Series of BBQ.

As many of you know, I am the pitmaster of the kosher BBQ team 5 Dudes and A Vegetarian. I had the privilege of cooking next to Andy at the KC Kosher BBQ Festival. Not only is he a great cook, but he is an all around good guy. Once I heard Andy mention stuffing waffles, I knew I needed to make them so I reached out to Andy to make sure he was OK with me borrowing his idea. I highly recommend his podcast if you are interested in anything BBQ related.  Please check it out, subscribe via your favorite podcast player, and leave them a nice review.

This may reach you a little too late for Thanksgiving. That being said, there is no rule that says you can’t have stuffing the rest of the year.  Also, making your stuffing into waffles is a great way to use up leftover stuffing that maybe didn’t sell so well at your dinner table.  Stuffing waffles can also be used as bread for leftover turkey sandwiches. Finally, if you don’t have a waffle iron, you can form these into patties and fry them. Sort of like a Thanksgiving latke.

Don’t forget to check out some of out other Thanksgiving recipes:

Maple Pecan Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cornbread

Peking Duck For Thanksgiving

Ginger Lime Cranberry Sauce

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Stuffing Waffles
 Stuffing Waffles With Caramelized Onions and (Beef) Bacon
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Hydration time
2 hrs
 

A crispy take on a holiday classic

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Holiday, Thanksgiving
Keyword: Bacon, mushroom, Stuffing, Thanksgiving
Servings: 12 Mini Waffles
Author: Daniel Peikes
Ingredients
  • 6 Slices (Beef) Bacon
  • 6 Large Onions Diced
  • 3 Ribs Celery Sliced
  • 8 oz Sliced Mushrooms Washed and Stems Removed
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 Cups 1" Bread Cubes Left out to stale for a day and lightly toasted in the oven
  • 3 Large Eggs Beaten
  • 2 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 2 tbsp Dried Sage
  • Vegetable Oil For sauteing
  • Cooking Spray To stop your waffles from sticking to the waffle iron
Instructions
  1. Place your (beef) bacon on a parchment lined sheet pan and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 400°F. The bacon should be crispy roughly when the oven reaches temperature. Allow the bacon to cool and chop in to small pieces and put to the side.

  2. In a large sauté pan add about a ½ inch of vegetable oil and add your onions. Sauté the onions over low heat until they are dark brown.

  3. Add the garlic, mushrooms, and celery to the pan with the onions and continue to cook until the celery and mushrooms begin to brown.

  4. In a large mixing bowl add the bread, vegetables, bacon, eggs, stock and sage. Stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit covered in the refrigerator to hydrate for two hours to overnight.

  5. Place enough stuffing to fill your waffle iron to fill it up and cook until crispy. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200°F oven. Top with your favorite gravy and enjoy.

 

Jerk Chicken Wings

Jerk SeasoningWe’re just a week away from our Jamaican Pop-Up Event at Ezras Israel Congregation in Chicago! If you haven’t registered yet, here is the link! Since Rachel and I are cooking delicious Jamaican Caribbean food at this upcoming event, here’s a sneak peek at one of the menu items, jerk chicken.

Jerk Seasoning in a BottleWhat is Jerk Chicken? No, It’s Not Just a Steve Martin Movie

What is jerk you ask? (No, it is not your younger sibling or that mean kid from your middle school class)  Jerk is a seasoning blend popular in Jamaica. It is heavy on the allspice (also know as pimento in Jamaica) and chili peppers. In Jamaica, they specifically use a very hot pepper known as the scotch bonnet.  I call for cayenne and red pepper flake in my recipe as they are easier to get ahold of, but feel free to adjust to your heat tolerance.  Of course my wife couldn’t resist getting her label maker out so everyone knows exactly what’s in the bottle.

Jerk seasoning is most often used on chicken. It can also be used on pork (for our gentile friends), seafood, or vegetables.  In Jamaica, jerk is often cooked over pimento (AKA allspice) wood which could be hard to get your hands on.  If you want to cook over wood and want something a little less exotic, I recommend mesquite.  It has a strong smoke flavor so use it cautiously.

Outdoor Cooking Option

For my jerk chicken wings, I call for a two step cooking method in the the oven, first on a low heat to render out the fat and cook the chicken and then finishing the wings on a higher temperature to crisp up the skin.  You could easily do this on a grill with a two zone set up where you bank all the coals to one side, starting with indirect heat and finishing directly over the fire.Jerk Chicken Wings

Due to the heavy spice coating that also contains sugar, the wings will have a charred almost burnt appearance.  Although not the prettiest to look at this is this is normal (and delicious), so please don’t worry.

 

Don’t forget the check out Rachel’s preview recipe for the pop up: Chayote Squash Slaw

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Jerk Seasoning
Jerk Chicken Wings
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Marinating
3 hrs
 

A spicy Caribbean Classic

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: chicken wings, Jerk, Jerk Chicken, Jerk Seasoning
Servings: 3 Servings
Author: Daniel Peikes
Ingredients
Jerk Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Allspice
  • 2 tbsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Granulated Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Granulated Onion
  • 2 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Red Pepper Flake Adjust for your heat tolerance
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Adjust for your heat tolerance
  • 2 tbsp Smoked Hot Paprika Adjust for your heat tolerance
  • 2 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Clove
  • 1 tbsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Ground Ginger
Jerk Chicken Wings
  • 1/2 Cup Jerk Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Lime Juice
  • 12 Chicken Wings
  • Non-stick Cooking spray
Instructions
Jerk Seasoning
  1. Combine all the jerk seasoning ingredients in a large bowl. Note that this will make more than you need for this recipe. Save the rest for future use.

Jerk Chicken Wings
  1. To make the marinade, in a small sauce pot combine 1/2 cup of the jerk seasoning, lime juice, oil, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Place over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture comes together into a paste. Remove for the heat and allow to cool.

  2. Add the chicken wings to a Ziplock bag along with the marinade. Place in the fridge for a minimum of three hours up to overnight.

  3. Preheat your oven to 250°F. Place your cooling rack on sheet pan and spray the rack with cooking spray. Put the wings on the the rack and bake at 250°F for 30 minutes.

  4. Increase the temperature to 450°F and continue to bake until the skin crisps up and the the spices starts to char. It will be fairly dark, and look almost burnt. Serve immediately.

 

Sweet Potato Pudding

Sweet Potato Pudding

It’s here, ya’ll! We have ONE week left until our Jamaican kitchen pop-up event! If you haven’t registered, make sure to do so ASAP! Here’s the link to register!

On the dessert menu for this even is our Sweet Potato Pudding. This custardy treat is light, easy, naturally gluten-free and nut-free!

This pudding is a common dessert in Jamaica and especially with the warming Caribbean spices like cinnamon, ginger and allspice, this is sure to transport your tastebuds.

Pumpkin pie change-up

This pudding would be a fantastic substitute for the traditional pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. For this recipe, you can use sweet potato, pumpkin, or butternut squash! I used canned just to make my life a bit easier, but if you have fresh sweet potatoes, you’ll want to roast them in the oven at 425F degrees for 40-45 minutes. Then, add the ingredients into a blender, or use a handheld stick blender in a large bowl, pour into a casserole (or pie dish) and that’s it.

This sweet potato pudding uses eggs to make a custard-type pudding but if you’re egg-free, substitute the 4 eggs for 1 cup of flour. It’ll still be delicious, of course, but the texture will be cakier and less custard-like.

Hope you all try this recipe – maybe for your next Shabbat lunch meal as a twist on kugel, or for your Thanksgiving dessert. Can’t wait to see you all at the pop-up next week!

If you’re interested in some more recipes that we’ll be featuring at the pop-up, check these out below!

Chayote Squash Slaw – Meat Your Vegetables

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Sweet Potato Pudding
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, OR one 15 oz. can If using whole sweet potatoes, pierce with a fork and roast at 425F for 40-45 minutes until the flesh is soft
  • 1 14 oz. Can of Coconut Milk Don't use light coconut milk, or coconut cream, or cream of coconut (that has too much sugar and is used for pina coladas!)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 4 Eggs, large
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Allspice Used a lot in Jamaican cuisine!
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F

  2. Add all ingredients into a large bowl, or blender container

  3. Blend, or use a handheld stick blender (or you can use a whisk) and mix all ingredients together until the batter is smooth

  4. Pour into 2-quart square baking dish

  5. Bake at 375F for 1 hour, or until fully set

  6. Let cool and serve! This would be great warmed, or room temp (or cold too, it'll just be a bit firmer) and served with a dollop of whipped cream - YUM!

Chayote Squash Slaw

We’re just 2 weeks away from our Jamaican Pop-Up Event at Ezras Israel Congregation in Chicago! If you haven’t registered yet, here is the link!

Since Daniel and I are cooking delicious Jamaican Caribbean food at this upcoming event, here’s a sneak peek at one of the menu items – Chayote Squash Slaw.

What is Chayote Squash?

Chayote Squash is very popular in Jamaican cuisine (a.k.a. “Cho Cho”), found all other Latin America, but originating in Mexico. The fruit is a member of the gourd family and it looks like a large pear, with a more wrinkly bottom. There are so many great health benefits to chayote squash too. It’s high in antioxidants, vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin K and B6. It can also help improve blood sugar and studies have found that the chayote can help lower cholesterol levels too.

Chayote squash is a great addition to this slaw because the skin is so thin that you don’t need to peel it and it can be eaten raw. I just sliced it like a pear, removing the inner seed(s) and slicing it thin. Of course, if you want to cook it (not for this slaw) you can treat it just like a summer squash – roasted or grilled would be delicious. It tastes similar to jicama, or even as tart as a green apple. Can’t find chayote squash for this recipe? Substitute it for zucchini!

Spicy, Tangy, Sweet, Crunchy & Herbaceous

I love a good dish that brings together lots of flavor combinations and this slaw certainly hits the mark. The dressing is so simple. Mustard (I used yellow), honey (or for a shortcut, use honey mustard), lime zest and juice, salt, dried thyme. I never knew until my research that thyme is a popular herb in Jamaican cuisine! The slaw combines all of these flavor bombs, The jalapenos bring the heat and spice, mustard for tang, sweet from the bit of honey, tart from the lime, veggies from crunch and thyme and cilantro bring herby flavors!

Can’t wait to devour this slaw, either on its own or piled into a sandwich – YUM!

Hope to see you all soon at our pop-up event!

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Chayote Squash Slaw
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
Ingredients
Slaw
  • 1 8 oz. bag Shredded Red Cabbage Feel free to use a coleslaw mix or green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Carrots
  • 1 Chayote Squash, seeds removed, sliced thin
  • 1 cup Cilantro, chopped Don't throw away the cilantro stems! That's where all the flavor is, so chop them up and add them to the slaw too.
  • 1-2 Jalapenos or other hot peppers I used a mix of home-grown small jalapenos and banana peppers (which are more mild) for color
Dressing
  • 3 tbsp. Mustard (I used yellow mustard for an extra tang, but really, any kind would be delish) Or just use honey mustard instead
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Honey Omit if using honey mustard
  • 2 Limes, zest & juice
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Thyme
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the slaw ingredients in a large bowl or serving dish

  2. In a bowl or mason jar, add the mustard, honey, zest and juice of both limes, salt and dried thyme. Shake or mix well and pour over slaw

  3. Mix well and serve immediately. The salt will draw out moisture from the veggies so it's best served same-day, however, leftovers are still good in the fridge for about 1-2 days

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. 😉 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 sauté 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!