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Kosher Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
One of the most important rules in keeping kosher is that we don't mix meat and milk. Another one is that we don't eat any pork products. These restrictions can really hamper a traditional breakfast. With the newest bacon craze, people who keep kosher, are really out of the loop. There are of course turkey bacon or other bacon or sausage substitutes but they are not the same.When I do breakfast or brunch, I stick to dairy as there are so many more dairy breakfast foods.
What is Kosher?
Kosher, by definition, means fit or proper. It is saying whether a particular food product meets the dietary requirements of Jewish law. These laws are governed by the Torah and have been followed for over 3000 years. They are intricate and detailed laws and it takes years to understand them in depth.
There are many compelling reasons to follow a kosher diet, aside from the obvious that it is G-d's commandment. There are physical health benefits to eating kosher food and many Jewish people believe that it is better for our spiritual health, as well.
A Typical Israeli Breakfast
When you stay at a resort or hotel in Israel, breakfast is a sumptuous affair. It is similar to a Sunday Brunch in America (minus the ham and roast beef!) Breakfast is usually served bufet style with various egg recipes, potatoes and cheeses, There is plenty of fruit and pastries, as well as hot and cold cereal, The thing that is a little different, is the abundance of raw vegetables and salads.
Foods to Include in Your Brunch
I make several salads for my brunch. Israeli salad is simple and popular (and It looks pretty on the table!) Cabbage salads are also good and can be made ahead of time. Various yogourts and parfaits are also fun. I like to make individual parfaits with yogurt fruit and granola, but I always have assorted containers of yogurt as well. I put out a cheese platter and fresh vegetables, also. I usually provide an assortment of breads or muffins and include cream cheese, butter and other spreads. Our family enjoys hummus, so I serve it with pita, olives and some of my Matbucha salad. The sky is the limit! I make a lot of interesting salds and have many recipes here on hubpages. Feel free to peruse them for more tasty ideas!
Preparing your own Brunch
While we love going out to brunch, the cost and the long waits are getting pretty ridiculous. In addition, when there are kids involved, sometimes it's just easier to stay home. Staying home doesn't mean giving up on delicious breakfast specialities, It just means preparing them yourself! There is one family favorite that is a staple in our home. The blintz souffle is easy to make, doesn't take a lot of ingredients and appeals to pretty much everyone. I serve it as my "main dish" with fruit and veggies. In my recipe, I am using the cheese blintzes. I am also using ready made blintzes. You can make your own blintzes if you choose. If you buy ready made, they also come in fruit choices like strawberry or blueberry. Those can also be used. if I am having a large group, I make an assortment.
Tell me what you think of this Kosher Blintz Souffle
- 12 frozen cheese or fruit blintzes
- 1/4 butter, melted
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 sugar
- 2 tsps vanilla
- 1/4 cup orange juice, or 2 tbls concentrate
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pour the melted butter into a 9x13 baking dish. Lay the blintzes in the dish.
- Beat the eggs, adding the sugar, sour cream and vanilla.
- Pour the mixture over the blintzes. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
- Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
|Serving size: 2 blintzes|
|Calories from Fat||261|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 29 g||45%|
|Carbohydrates 42 g||14%|
|Sugar 23 g|
|Protein 20 g||40%|
|Sodium 372 mg||16%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Blintz Souffle: Step-by-StepClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Presentation of Food is Important when Entertaining.
It is important to present your food attractively. You don't have to have a lot of money or tableware to set a pretty, fun table. When I serve a meal to guests, I try to make it interesting and resourceful. I am all about using one receptacle for cooking and serving whenever possible and I love disposable items. Look around your kitchen and dining room to see what you have. You may be surprised that some of those things you have tucked away can be cute serving dishes. Check out my hand painted flamenco wine glasses! If you are serving fruit, make a basket with it. You don't have to know how to make a watermelon basket, you can simply cut it in half and use it as a bowl.
For a really pretty presentation of fruit check out Glimmer Twin Fan's step by step instructions of: Fruit Platter Ideas