Celebrate Shavuot with a Twist: 5 Innovative Kosher Recipes You Can’t Miss

A two-day celebration commemorating when God gave the Torah to the Jewish faithful at Mount Sinai, Shavuot is one of the cornerstone holidays of the Jewish faith. A time for gathering with family and friends and giving glory to God, Shavuot is also about enjoying good food with the ones you love. While there are traditional entrees and side dishes perfect for the holiday, Shavuot is an ideal occasion to experiment in the kitchen, giving familiar favorites an innovative twist. Sarah’s Tent, your local kosher grocery store, has some delicious recipes and tips perfect for your Shavuot celebration.

Revisiting the Kosher Dairy Tradition

Dairy holds special significance in Shavuot. The initials of the four Hebrew words in Numbers 28:26, which describe the sacrificial meal offering on Shavuot, spell mei halav, which meansfrom milk,” suggesting that dairy is acceptable for Shavuot feasting. Additionally, the Israelites were said to be “innocent as newborns,” who consume milk for the first few months of life. All of these Shavuot dishes incorporate dairy in some way, so you can honor the spirit of the celebration while trying something new and delicious.

1. Savory Cheesecake with a Mediterranean Twist

Cheesecake isn’t just for dessert. To make a savory cheesecake with a Mediterranean twist, make a crust of breadcrumbs, salt, and olive oil. Press the crust into a springform pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. While the crust is chilling, whip up a filling of fresh mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmigiano cheeses. The filling should be smooth and almost spongy. When it’s the proper texture, pat it on top of the crust and allow to chill for at least one hour or until ready to serve. Prior to serving, decorate the cheesecake with fresh tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve this delicious entree with your most beautiful plates in complementary colors!

2: Blintz Casserole with Homemade Berry Compote

Cheese blintzes, also called souffle, are a staple at many Jewish dairy celebrations. Kick it up a notch with this creative blintz casserole, made from frozen pre-made blintzes and topped with a delicious berry compote. To prepare it, roll six frozen pre-made blintzes in butter and place them in a prepared casserole dish. Top the blintzes with a mixture of sugar, vanilla, sour cream, and eggs. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. While the blintzes are baking, combine berries, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan, bringing to a boil and simmering until the compote has reached the desired consistency. Just before serving, top the blintz casserole with the homemade compote.

3: Stuffed Shells with Seasonal Greens and Three-Cheese Blend

Stuffed shells are delicious and savory, perfect for your Shavuot table. To enhance the flavor of this dish, select seasonal greens picked at the peak of freshness. To make stuffed shells, whip together ricotta cheese, grated mozzarella cheese, chopped greens, Parmesan cheese, one egg, and seasonings to taste. Fill 20 cooked jumbo pasta shells and line the filled shells in a prepared casserole dish. Top the shells with a jar of spaghetti or preferred pasta sauce, extra grated cheese and parsley, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

4: Middle Eastern-Inspired Shakshuka with Feta

Shaksuka is a one-skillet meal that is sure to please every palate. To prepare this delightful twist on shaksuka, cook peppers, onion, and garlic in a large saucepan. To the cooked vegetables, add two cans of diced tomatoes and seasoning to taste. Cook until the mixture achieves a stew-like consistency. Create small nests in the tomato sauce and into these nests, crack a whole egg. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the eggs are set. Remove from the heat and top with crumbled feta and fresh herbs. Serve this delicious meal with fresh, crusty bread.

5: Sweet Cheese Strudel with Almond Crust

Sweet cheese strudel is the perfect finale to a festive Shavuot meal. To prepare this light yet indulgent treat, whip up a filling of cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, egg yolk, and raisins if desired. Prepare a crust of cookie or graham cracker crumbs and crushed almonds, pressing it into a springform pan. You can also use puff pastry for sweet cheese strudel. Pour the cheese mixture on the crust and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes, watching carefully so the strudel doesn’t burn.

Enhancing Your Shavuot Table

A Shavuot celebration starts with food but can be complemented with fun decor and tablescapes. To highlight the food, consider creating a centerpiece of fresh flowers in bright colors. You can make name cards to go with each place setting to create a festive atmosphere, and invite guests to write their favorite Shauvot memory on the back of their card for sharing later!

Encouraging Kids’ Participation

Involving children in food preparation for Shavuot ensures they will always remember the time spent with family and friends. Consider letting children stir and mix ingredients, or count out berries for the berry compote. They can also help set the table for Shavuot, set out place cards and help you arrange the flowers for the centerpiece. However you choose to involve children, ensure safety by keeping sharp kitchen utensils well out of reach. Make sure children are never too close to the stove when it’s turned on and explain to them the basics of kitchen safety.

Sarah’s Tent Provides Kosher Catering and Platters

Shavuot is one of the most important Jewish holidays, and the perfect occasion to prepare delicious food for family and friends. Infuse innovation with tradition this Shavuot and discover how delicious time with loved ones can be. For all your kosher catering and platter needs, head to Sarah’s Tent Kosher Market. A top purveyor of delicious treats, fresh produce, and high-quality meats, we’ve got everything you need to make this Shavuot the best one yet.

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