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Favorite Sukkot Menu and Recipes

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Giora Shimoni

Favorite Sukkot Menu and Recipes:

Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, arrives so quickly after Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, that each year I find myself scrambling to prepare the menu, get the groceries and cook in time for the holiday. This list of my family's favorite Sukkot menu and recipes attempts to help all of us busy cooks and our guests enjoy healthy, delicious, and relaxed meals in our Sukkah.

Challot:

Learning to make your own challah bread is like learning to ride a bike in that once you get the right balance - between the yeast and flour in this case - you'll always be able to easily do it again. Since the yeast-flour balance varies according to the kind of flour and yeast sold in your area, I recommend learning by inviting a challah-making friend over to demonstrate. There is NOTHING like freshly baked challot to give a Jewish holiday meal the spiritual and loving touch it deserves. For Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, I sprinkle cinnamon sugar in and on the dough for an especially sweet new year.

Red Pepper Soup:

Miki's Red Pepper Soup is a lite, healthy and delicious way to start celebrating this autumn holiday. This vibrant, colorful soup, thickened with potato and sweetened with pears, tastes as good as it looks. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds for an impressive, festive touch.

Lettuce Salad with Pomegranates and Apples:

This fresh and light Pomegranate Apple Salad is festive, delicious and in the spirit of the new year holiday.

Baked Fish:

The fish I serve for Sukkot varies according to what is on sale. Here are a few of our favorite fish recipes:

Simple Roast Chicken:

Roast chicken proves that sometimes simple is better. Simply mix spices, coat chicken and then bake uncovered in the oven. You can make preparation and serving even easier by buying a chicken cut into eighths. The result is a moist and flavorful chicken entree that everyone will love.

Here are some other chicken recipes we favor:

Roasted Vegetables:

Roasted Vegetables are healthy, colorful, delicious and easy to prepare. The vegetables we like to roast are sweet potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, red and yellow bell peppers, purple onions, garlic and mushrooms. If you are serving children or vegetarians, consider serving the vegetables with a small bowl of techina, as dipping the vegetables into the paste of ground sesame seeds adds protein.

Roasted Potatoes and Sweet Potato Pie:

Roast potatoes are perfect for Sukkot dinner. And there is a secret to making perfect roast potatoes - parboil them and then douse them in hot oil. This seals them so they are crispy on the outside and soft inside.

Sweet Potato Pie is the perfect Sukkot lunch side dish as it has both the sweet flavor for a new year celebration and the autumn feel for a meal in the Sukkah.

Sukkot Desserts:

Sukkot dessert is always fresh fruit salad as well as a baked treat. Here are our favorite Sukkot dessert recipes:

More Sukkot Recipes:

During the harvest and pilgrimage festival of Sukkot (Judaism's Feast of Tabernacles), Jews eat in temporary huts like the ancient Israelites did in the desert after the Exodus. Stuffed vegetables, symbolic of a bountiful harvest, are traditionally served. If I don't have time to make Meat Stuffed Peppers or Meat Stuffed Cabbage, then I buy frozen kreplach, boil, and then saute with onions. In addition to the above recipes, here are more Sukkot recipes which include lots of fruits and vegetables to compliment the colorful surroundings of each booth (Succah) and the harvest theme.
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