Ok, I admit it, I am guilty of calling every holiday "my favorite holdiay". Another confession, I don't feel all that guilty-- I really love everything about the holidays (minus the limits on showering, but let's not discuss that). Sukkos is this incredibly festive, yet humbling holiday. Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah fall right at the end of Sukkos, after Hoshana Rabbah, and are literally, truly, just straight up days of rejoicing. In gashmius, materialistic, terms: bring on the food! These 5 menus will leave you full, feeling festive (you may also need a nap) and will motivate you to dance all night (and work off all those calories…sort of kidding!) by Simchas Torah.
Flavors of Fall
I'm not talking pumpkin spice lattes here, but the real hearty flavors of fall. Start with the Marinated Vegetable Salad and the classic-with-a-twist Baked Horseradish Gelfite Fish. Then enjoy the Fall Harvest Soup, which is loaded with parsnips, gala apples, leeks and sweet potatoes. For the main course chose your pick of Sauerbraten- Classic Roast Beef with Apples and Raisins and/or Sautéed Chicken With Leeks, Carrots, Parsnips and Mushrooms, alongside the Roasted Pumpkin and Asparagus and the Apple Rice Salad. At this point, your guests will be pretty stuffed (and seriously impressed), so keep it simple by dessert with Apple Compote and maybe a scoop of parve vanilla ice cream on top.
Holiday Worthy Comfort Foods
How can you top a first course of Salmon en Croute, Israeli Salad of Oranges and Black Olives, and 5 Ingredient Leek and Potato Soup? By serving, any of the following amazing dishes or sides of course! Depending on cost or availability, try the Pomegranate Wine Osso Bucco or Garlic Honey Brisket, if you prefer poultry then the Chicken with Prunes in Apple Butter Wine Saucejust can't be beat. The elegant Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cake makes for an excellent end to a very delicious meal.
If you have a lot of guests visiting or a busy holiday planned, then easy to serve, individually portioned foods make for a delicious and hassle-free meal; they are especially great by lunch. Easy Zucchini Soup isn't a finger food per-se, but as the name says it is a cinch to make and great to keep warm on the stove for a quick bite. Baked Salmon Croquettes, Savory Curried-Coriander Pumpkin Latkes, and Colorful Cauliflower make for a great fish course. For the main, try the Sausage, Apple and Sage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Leek Onion Noodle Cups, and Savoy Cabbage and Cashew Slaw. For dessert try either the Carrot Apple Mini Cupcakes with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese Icing or the Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Walnuts.
This is probably the overall healthiest menu of the bunch, but everything in moderation right? Start with the Honey Sesame Side of Salmon, Kale, Avocado and Farro Salad, and the Cabbage and Persimmon Salad with Sweet and Sour Dressing (use pears if persimmons aren't available), followed by the Sweet Potato Leek Soup. Then enjoy the Easy Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges, Tumeric Rice and Chicken with Olive and Capers. And for dessert, drumroll please, the Chocolate Pretzel Crust Tart or the Four “C” Tart With Gluten Free Crust.
You survived the third three-day yontiff of the year, mazel tov! Let's be real, there's only enough energy, and clean pots, for one or two new dishes to be made on Friday. For shabbos day, enjoy some leftovers starting with the Baked Horseradish Gefilte Fish or Honey Sesame Side of Salmon, and the Kale, Avocado and Farro Salad. For the main enjoy the Sweet Noodle Kugel and Colorful Cauliflower alongside a piping hot bowl of Vegetarian Chicken Apple Sausage Cholent(which can be made vegetarian or fleishig). For dessert, if there are any leftover, enjoy the Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Walnuts or the Chocolate Pretzel Crust Tart.