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Sour Cherry SoupFor Jewish people in Hungary, early summer is sour cherry season. Since it coincides with Shavuot, they created a flavorful sour cherry soup that is thickened with sour cream. Cinnamon and lemon zest provide a little zing to the flavor profile. The fruit and its juices give the soup a gorgeous pinkish-purple color. It is perfect for an appetizer or dessert.
BlintzesHere is another traditional Shavuot recipe that hails from Hungary. These pancakes resemble crapes with a cream cheese and raisin filling. After they are stuffed, the blintzes are buttered and baked in the oven. Serve them hot with a dusting of powdered sugar, cinnamon, and sour cream for dipping.
Gooey Kosher KugelKugel is perhaps the ultimate Jewish comfort food. Like macaroni and cheese, it is cooked pasta covered in a gooey sauce. This version is surprisingly easy to make. It features egg noodles in a savory sauce of cream cheese, sour cream, and a little butter. The kugel goes into the oven for about 30 minutes, to make the top and edges delightfully crisp.
BourekaMost cuisines in the Middle East have their version of savory hand pies. Bourekas are the Jewish style that is often served for holidays, such as Shavuot. This boureka recipe uses filo dough from the grocer’s freezer. Choose a filling of spinach, potatoes, or cheese—or make a few of each.
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Lag B’Omar is a festive Jewish holiday which falls between Passover and Shavuot. It also commemorates the life of 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Jewish people around the world celebrate with outdoor activities and delightful picnic meals. It is also traditional to sing and dance joyously with family and friends around a bonfire. Consider some of these yummy dishes for a Lag B’Omar picnic.