Recipes

Get Your Beet Greens

Turn an unloved part of the vegetable into a delicious side dish.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

A few months ago I offered a recipe for "beets and sweets" -- roasted sweet potatoes and beets. I promised a recipe for the beet greens that many would throw away - well I'm here now to deliver. (If you made the beet latkes on Chanukah you may have had some leftover then too). Many supermarkets sell beets with the greens already removed, but if you shop at specialty vegetable stores, farmers markets or organic shops you're more likely to get them still attached.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
2-3 bunches beet greens
2 tablespoons oil
1 small onion
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
3-4 tablespoons vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste

A Hearty Stew Without Meat

Vegetarians and carnivores alike will love this rich, filling dinner.

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There's almost nothing better for dinner in these frigid, windy months than a big hearty stew to warm you up from the inside out. When you think stew, chances are you're thinking beef or chicken. But a thick, delicious stew can be vegetarian, too, or even vegan.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
2 tablespoons oil
1 large or 2 medium onions, diced
2 large sweet potatoes, diced
3 to 4 cups vegetable stock
1 package extra-firm tofu, diced
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 heaping teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
additional salt and pepper, to taste

Celebrating Citrus, Winter's Seasonal Fruit

Dip lime and coconut cookies in white chocolate and find bright flavor in a dark season.

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In these cold winter months, its still possible to get bright pops of flavor in your food in the form of citrus! Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes all have sharp, delicious flavors that are perfect in a variety of baked goods (see lemon curd linzer torte, orange chocolate tart or coconut grapefruit cupcakes).

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups sugar
zest of one large lime
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips

Christmas Envy Panettone Trifle

If you think New York is a tough place to be a Jew on Christmas, try Venice.

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Every year, right after Thanksgiving, New York City seems to turn overnight into one giant display of dazzling Christmas ornaments. The lure of illuminated store windows and sweet-smelling candy canes is hard to resist for adults, and just impossible for young Jewish children.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 panettone (home-made or store-bought) or use sponge cake or lady finger cookies
1/3 cup Frangelico or Disaronno (skip and use just decaf coffee if you have kids)
2 cups decaf espresso, sweetened
For the custard:
1/2 cup sugar
6 yolks
5 tablespoons cornstarch
4 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For decorating:
1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely ground
A few cherries in syrup, or fresh berries
1/2 cup whipped cream or/and chocolate shavings if desired

Pastrami On Rye Potstickers

Holy night! Fried and served with a spicy mustard, these are the perfect Jewish Chinese Christmas treat.

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I’m a Jew who likes Christmas. Though not for the traditional reasons. I mean mistletoe, eggnog and sparkly lights are great and all, but I’m in it for the Chinese food. Like other Chosen People on this lonely day, I indulge in whatever action flick is in the theaters, and as much moo shu and fried rice as I can handle.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 cup rye flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 - 3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon peanut oil or schmaltz
1/2 cup red onion, small diced
2 tablespoons kosher dill pickles, small diced
1/2 pound pastrami, rough chopped
Peanut oil, vegetable oil or schmaltz
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons hot water

Kosherize It

The Jewish Christmas tradition of Chinese food meets an iconic combination in Lox and Cream Cheese Rangoon.

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For many people, Christmas conjures up thoughts of Santa Claus, mistletoe and eggnog. If you’re Jewish, however, Christmas probably makes you think of Chinese food.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
6 ounces refrigerated smoked salmon, chopped
2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, brought to room temperature
1 handful chives, chopped finely
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 package of square wonton wrappers
Vegetable oil for frying
Bottled sweet-and-sour sauce, for serving

A New, If Slightly Pseudo, Fish Sauce Arrives

Lend an added authenticity to your Asian-style cooking by trying this new, reliably hekshered fish sauce.

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Click here for Ronnie Fein Reviews: Queen of Tuna-brand Tuna Fish Sauce.

Remember that nam pla is not intended for sprinkling straight from the bottle onto food. It’s not like ketchup, Worcestershire sauce or tabasco, but more in the nature of tomato paste or hoisin sauce, to be used for cooking.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
For Chicken:
1 whole boneless chicken breast
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon honey
For Dressing:
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Cayenne pepper to taste, optional
1/2 cup chopped cashews, optional
For Salad:
8 ounces rice noodles, spaghetti or linguine shape
3 carrots, cut into julienne strips
2 stalks celery, cut into julienne strips
1 medium zucchini, cut into julienne strips
1 serrano pepper, deseeded and chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
The stirfried chicken

Playing With Plums

Beautiful purple fruit is sandwiched between moist cake and sweet topping in this traditional German treat.

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Pflaumenkuchen. I don't think I can pronounce that, but it is German for plum cake, specifically a traditional Bavarian dish of a sturdy cake topped with fresh plums and optionally (but of course I went for it) a streusel crumble. As the plums cook they release their juices and seep into the cake below, adding color and flavor. Some recipes call for a yeast dough, but I went with a simpler type of cake.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
Cake:
1/3 cup sugar
zest of one lemon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk or soy milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Topping:
3 to 4 medium plums, sliced into wedges
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Turning Tradition Pink

Adding beets to Chanukah latkes makes a holiday treat even more fun.

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Well, Thanksgivukkah is safely in the past, so instead of focusing on Chanukah-Thanksgiving mash-ups, we can stick solely to dishes for the Festival of Lights.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
1 large or 2 small potatoes
2 medium beets
1 large egg
about 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspon ground pepper
canola oil, for frying

Galette: Fancy Talk For Big Latke

A potato pancake topped with lox and dill is the perfect way to tap into the Nordic food trend.

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Pine needles. Moss. Funghi. These are three things you might happen upon while walking in the woods, or find on your plate at the hottest dining destination in the world this year, the restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. There, head chef René Redzepi coaxes traditional Nordic flavors out of the foraged and locally farmed ingredients that have made his menu so popular.

Ingredients
Ingredients: 
6 medium russet potatoes, peeled and grated on a box grater or in a food processor
1 medium onion, peeled and grated on a box grater or in a food processor
2 tablespoons flour
3 eggs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 ounces lox
Crème fraîche, for serving
Chopped fresh dill, for serving
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