Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Jewish Torah and the spring harvest. This year, it is celebrated May 19-21. During the three days of Shavuot, Jewish families come together for a complete night of reciting passages from the Torah. They decorate their homes with festive floral themes and share delicious dairy-based dishes like these.
For 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.
Here 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.
Kugel 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.
Most 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.
About Chef Robert
My food philosophy is simple; food should be a feast of all five senses. Meals should be based on simple, tasty and smart recipes that are easy to follow. Instead of serving processed junk, I prefer to use fresh & seasonal ingredients. I gravitate towards all cuisines that are BIG on flavor. By cooking at home, we can all eat healthier and save money.