Jewish Comfort Food: Chulent Re-Make

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Chulent Re-Make

Hubby is a shy guy.  Actually, let me restate: Hubby is not a spotlight/limelight kinda dude, more the behind-the-scenes type.  He calls himself the idea man.  And we all laugh about it.  Cause most things that I end up doing are his idea - like writing my first cookbook, making Aliyah and most everything in between.

But he is really really, really, really, funny.  Like crazy funny.  The kids always comment about how much we laugh together and how much fun we have.  We cook together, we clean together (although he would argue he does much of that on his own), we shop together, (except, again, when he is doing that all by his lonesome with a crazy long list from me) and we generally travel as a pair.

Family Heirloom Chulent

Since “my” famous Chulent which has been published in the New York Times is actually “his” I thought that when it came time to make the video he should be the one in front of the camera.  Well it took me years to convince him (and he has since said he will never do it again) cause like I said, he hates the limelight.  But it does tickle him that 63,569 people have watched his video to-date.

People comment, and stop us, and tell us all the time how we have changed their Shabbos and their lives with “our” chulent.  Shows you the power of Jewish comfort food my friends.

Well, guess what?!  This chulent which we made exclusively and almost religiously for 10 years has now been replaced by a new “healthier” chulent!!!!!  With chicken instead of flanken, brown rice instead of barley, sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, low sodium chicken broth instead of soup powder, eggs instead of kishka, chickpeas instead of kidney beans and lots of onions and garlic.  Featuring spices like turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon and allspice you can say this Somewhat Sephradic Chulent is a distant cousin to the absolutely Ashkenazi chulent we are known for.

I actually serve it on an large oblong platter with the chicken legs laid out on top of the “mush” and sprinkled with fresh parsley.

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Here you can see the “dressed up” serving suggestion perfect for a fancier Shabbos – think Shabbos sheva brachos – or simply if you like to patchke.

You can find the recipe in my new book JOY of KOSHER Fast, Fresh Family Recipes.  I am so super curious to see how you think it stands up to Hubby’s chulent.