Shabbat Menu Planning: Israeli Themed

Shabbat Menu Planning: Israeli Themed

As Passover is over, I am starting to think of ideas that could be used for different themes, so I thought I would start put together a list of some ideas that I have found, but I’d love to get your best Israeli recipes or links to recipes.

Main Dishes

Israeli Meatballs (Kosher on a Budget) – MEAT
Chicken Schwarma (Busy in Brooklyn) – MEAT
Falafel (Cook Kosher)
Israeli Shakshuka (Genius Kitchen)
Israeli Shakshuka (The Stay at Home Chef)
Moroccon Fish Recipe (Jewlish) – FISH
Braised Chicken with Tumeric and Dill (Tori Avey) – MEAT
Kobete Sephardic Savory Meat Pie (Tori Avey) – MEAT
Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb and Pine Nuts (Food & Wine) – MEAT
Middle Eastern Roasted Chicked with Rice, Currants, and Pine Nuts (Joy of Kosher) – MEAT
Kebabs with Pistachios (Joy of Kosher) – MEAT
Schnitzel with Israeli Couscous (Joy of Kosher) – MEAT
Pomegrante Chicken (Joy of Kosher) – MEAT
Beef Moussaka with Matbucha (Joy of Kosher) – MEAT

Side Dishes/Appetizers

Israeli Couscous with ChickPeas (Busy in Brooklyn)
Stuffed Cabbage Leaves (Tori Avey)
Spicy Israeli Pickles (Busy in Brooklyn)
Jerusalem Hummus in Jars (Busy in Brooklyn)
Spanikopita Bourekas (Busy in Brooklyn) – DAIRY
Baked Portobello Shakshuka (Busy in Brooklyn)
Crispy Smashed Za’atar Potatoes (Overtime Cook)
Spicy Roasted Carrots & Fennel (Tori Avey)
Hummus (Bon Appetit)
Baba Ganoush (Food 52)


Grilled Chicken Schwarma Salad (Busy in Brooklyn) – MEAT
Grilled Chicken Schwarma Salad (Overtime Cook) – MEAT
Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing (Hungry Couple)
Pita and Chopped Vegetable Salad (Food and Wine)
Rainbow Salad with Tahini Dressing (What Jew Wanna Eat)
Israeli Couscous Summer Salad (Shari Rozansky)
Israeli Spicy Tuna Salad (Joy of Kosher)
Israeli Tuna Salad (Busy in Brooklyn)
Israeli Orzo Salad (Joy of Kosher)
Israeli Carrot Salad (Joy of Kosher)


Marzipan Biscotti (Busy in Brooklyn)
Pineapple Coconut Truffles (From the Grapevine)
Israeli Halvah (My Jewish Learning)
Basbousa Semolina Cake (Food 52)
Israeli Fruit Salad (Joy of Kosher)
Israeli Cheesecake (Joy of Kosher)
Heavenly Israeli Date Squares (Joy of Kosher)


Challah Recipes and Tutorials

Challah Recipes and Tutorials

Over the years I have come across a lot of different varieties on challah. My personal favorite is a stuffed Apple Challah. My mother-in-law makes this for Rosh HaShannah and I think it’s fabulous. I am on the quest for that really eggy challah, but haven’t find it. We have three recipes we regularly use. A bread machine challah. And then two 5lb challah recipes. One is with eggs and the other has no eggs. We use that one to make vegan challah with a crumble top. Here are some of the challot ideas to inspire you.

  1. Apple Challah (Jewlish) – This is one of the pretties designs I have made
  2. SEEDuction Challah from King Arthur
  3. Norene’s Prizing Winning Challah
  4. Fig, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt (Smitten Kitchen)
  5. Challah at its Eggiest (Mamaleh)
  6. No Knead Challah (Kitchn)
  7. Gluten-Free Challah
  8. Pretzel Challah (Tori Avey)
  9. Chocolate Orange Challah (Yin Yolk)
  10. Butternut Squash & Sage (The Nosher)
  11. Chocolate Cherry Challah (The Domestic Gothess)
  12. Jam-Doughnut-Pull Apart Challah (Family Friends Food)
  13. The Ultimate Gluten Free Challah (The Nosher)
  14. Pistachio Challah (Joy of Kosher)
  15. Honey Rose Challah
  16. Ima’s Challah
  17. Jamie Geller’s No Knead Challah Bread (Joy of Kosher)
  18. Sheridan’s Whole Wheat Challah
  19. Jessica’s Five-Fold Challah
  20. Challah (Fine Cooking)
  21. Best Challah Ever (Cooking with Tantrums)
  22. Tutorial for Braiding Round Challot (Couldn’t be Pareve)
  23. How to Make Challah (The Nosher)
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Thanksgiving Challot

For year’s my mother-in-law has made challot in the shape of Turkeys. They are individual roles that are shaped like a turkey and have raisins for eyes. They are absolutely adorable.

In the last year I have seen a lot of Challot designs. Kveller posted today a picture of a Turkey Challah that I posted to my pinterest page last year. I thought it would be a great idea to post some Challot ideas.

Turkey Bread Recipe

A great way to get kids involved.

Pumpkin Challah Recipe

4- ½ teaspoons dry yeast
½ cup brown sugar
1-⅓ cups warm water
4 tablespoons canola oil
2-½ cups canned pumpkin
8 cups bread flour
1 egg white combined with 1 tablespoon water

See the recipe on Gourmet Kosher Cooking.

Do you hav

Warming Tray on Sale at Amazon

During the summer, it becomes so hot if we keep the oven on for the entire time for Shabbat. So another way that might be more Green and definitely won’t heat up the house as much is a warming tray. Amazon has a great deal right now: