Rosh Hashanah Dinner….. or just yummy food for any time…

This year I hosted my family for Rosh Hashanah  Dinner  ( Jewish New Year) …. and I thought Id share some of our traditional family  recipes.. in case any one is interested..

Brisket in the crock pot..  ( shhhhhh…… mom doesn’t do it this way   ) 

  • 4 – 5 lb brisket ( trim fat but leave a little)
  • Oil for skillet
  • 2 yellow onions – thick cut
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup ( I used organic)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup waterphoto 2

Heat skillet / oil … sear brisket on both sides.. just browned in same oil … caramelize onions  in bowl add all other ingredients and stir.  Put brisket in crock pot and onions on top…  if  brisket does not fit.. cut to fit ( pieces are ok.keep them large)   pour liquid over the brisket cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours.  Make sure brisket is covered with “sauce”   When finished brisket will shred… I cut it in thin slices and covered with onions and sauce..

 

Jewish Chicken / Matzah ball soup

  • 1 whole organic chicken ( seriously .. it tastes better )
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 8 large carrots peeled and cut as you like
  • 2 large parsnip
  • 3 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 4 stalks celery – cut in pieces
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill

Matzah Balls

  • 2/12 cups matzah meal
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 tblsp veg oil
  • 2 tsp salt

photo 1photo 2photo 5Prepare soup a day or two before serving.. it tastes better.. trust me.

In a big POT add all ingredients  for soup cover all with water… about 3 inches from top of POT.. add salt and pepper to taste…   partially cover and cook on low photo 3/simmer for 3 hours.. do not boil.. skim fat and simmer for another 2 hours.. take chicken out of pot and take off skin and shred meat from the bone .. discard of fat and bones .. put meat back in to pot

Just before  serving.. heat soup to a slow rolling boil.

In a bowl mix the matzah meal, eggs oil and a 1/4 cup of soup  broth.. mix and let stand in fridge for 20 mins.. then using wet hands .. form the matzah into walnut size balls.. and put in the boiling water.. turn soup to simmer.. and cook matzah balls for 35 mins..   Serve.

 

Sweet apricot kugel 

  • 12 oz wide egg noodles
  • 6 large eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream ( I used light)
  • 8 oz cottage cheese ( I used light)
  • 8 oz soft cream cheese ( I used light)
  • 1/2 cup Apricot Jelly  – I used low sugar – you can leave out if you want to .
  • 3/4 cup sugar ( I used stevia… don’t tell my family)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter – melted
  • cinnamon and  chopped apricots for topping..

photo 3photo 1Boil water and cook egg noodles as normal/ drain and LET COOL … in a big bowl after noodles are cooled .. mix  all ingredients to noodles .. except the cinnamon and apricots.  Spray a  9 X 13 or   8 X 8 pan with cooking spray (I used 8 x 8 for a thick kugel ) and add the mixture to the pan… sprinkle top lightly with cinnamon and chopped apricots Cover with tinfoil and cook on 350 for 50 minutes.. then take off the tinfoil and cook for another 10 minutes to get top brown. .. let cool before cutting.  I prepare this at least one day prior to serving as it gets better as it sits together in fridge.. serve warm or cold.

Cherry Chicken and Barley  with Mushrooms

  • 1 bottle of chili sauce  ( its red ..looks like cocktail sauce? )
  • 1 small  sweet onion – chopped
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cooking port wine
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 can pitted BING cherries
  • 3 chicken breasts, 4 chicken thighs, 2 drumsticks, 2 wings  (  or  the 10 pieces that you like )
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Box of barley ( serving 6)
  • 1 cup mushrooms of choice – chopped

photo 4Make at least one day prior to serving

Brush chicken with olive oil , salt and pepper and lightly broil to get skin brown.. add all ingredients  ( onion, water, sugar, raisins, wine, cherries ) to  a bowl and stir.. pour over chicken ( I use a disposable pan btw)  bake 1 hour 325  degrees . cover and put in fridge .. before serving ( next day )  cook for 30 mins on 350

Sautee mushrooms and add to prepared barley … (day of serving )

Serve chicken over barley with generous portion of  “sauce” or gravy…. enjoy…and Happy New Year !

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