Now that Rosh Hashanna has just passed, we all know what is to come. Yom Kippur - the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. It is a day of repenting and fasting.
If you are hosting family or friends for a meal after the fast, you know how difficult it can be to put together a menu for this event! After a fast, people usually crave refreshing, hydrating foods as well as some basic starches and comfort foods. Here are some ideas to help you get started with your menu...
1. A Nice Comforting Soup to Start...
It is nice to start the meal off with some warm tea or a soup to coat your stomach after 25 hours of fasting. I personally prefer a light, creamy soup for this particular event. Some suggestions would be:
Roasted Tomato Soup
Roasted Carrot and Dill Soup
Creamy Leek and Celery Root Soup
Roasted Tomato and Poblano Soup
2. Re-hydrating Salads:
We also like to pick up some fresh breads, such as baguettes, bagels and challah and serve with a variety of cheeses and some simple refreshing salads such as: Cherry Tomato and Bocconcini Salad, Colourful Spring Salad, or Cucumber Sesame Salad.
3. Freshly Baked Goods...
Some freshly baked goods are always appreciated. Here are some great ones that really hit the spot after a long fast. All of them can be made and frozen in advance...nobody wants to be baking that day!
Carrot Apple Mini Loaves
Apple Cherry Strudel
Spinach and Cheese Bourekas
Decadently Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread
4. Dairy Main Meal:
It is also nice to put together a few dishes that are considered more "main meals" such as quiches or pastas. These are what I consider comfort foods ... and essentially what my family craves after a fast. Here are some winners for this particular evening:
Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna Roll Ups
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tart
Fig and Mascarpone Tart
Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant Tart
The Best Eggplant Parmesan
Cheesy Spinach Lasagna
Whatever you eat or do to break the fast, I wish you a GMAR HATIMA TOVA!
The Vegetarian Gourmet