Here are 5 traditional Yom Kippur recipes. Yom Kippur is an ancient Jewish holiday that's observed with a fast then a feast with traditional recipes. It's also known as the "Day of Atonement," being the holiest day of observance. It is the final day of the High Holy Days in the religious calendar.
- Golden Yoiche with Kreplach recipe, also known as golden chicken soup, is a good choice. Meals that are eaten before the fast are usually consumed within 30 minutes of sundown on the day of Yom Kippur. It's a good idea to consume a meal that has low or no salt to minimize the thirst that will happen with the fast. It's loaded with protein from the chicken and has plenty of vegetables for fiber to help feel full for as long as possible. It's not possible to stay feeling sated throughout the fast as that's the idea of Yom Kippur. Suffering must be shown to atone for sins against God and others.
- If you didn't feel that there was enough chicken before the fast, there's always Perfect Chicken Soup to be made for post-fasting meals. This recipe has the usual ingredients in a chicken soup such as carrots, celery and onions. The twist comes in with the use of turnip and sweet potato. This makes for a very hearty soup indeed and is most satisfying after a long stretch with no food.
- For those looking for something a little sweet, there's the noodle kugel. A slightly unusual combination of egg noodles, cream cheese, sour cream, sugar eggs and raisins. It's made as a casserole, baked in the oven. A sweet treat for post Yom Kippur observance.
Another meat recipe is Chicken Tarragon. This is a lighter meal in terms of flavor than the Perfect Chicken Soup. Ingredients called for are boneless chicken breasts, olive oil, rice milk, mushrooms and tarragon. Chicken is prepared on the stove, with the rest of the ingredients being combined and cooked together as a sauce. The sauce is then poured over the chicken to complete the meal.
- Our last recipe of the five is cabbage rolls. It's considered a vegetable meal even though there's ground beef included. Some of the ingredients are rice, onion, egg, tomato paste, brown sugar and vinegar. Everything is combined together and rolled up inside a cabbage leaf. It's then baked in a saucepan on a bed of shredded cabbage, made from what's leftover. The rolls simmer for about an hour.
These five recipes are a sampling of what would be found at a traditional Yom Kippur post fast dinner. It's a starting point for those who are not Jewish but might find themselves invited to a dinner. Being informed beforehand and being able to discuss the meal with your host is a wonderful way to start a discussion. And who knows, you may find yourself coming home with some more recipes!