Kol Nidre menu
Looking for new suggestions for a large dinner party (20-25). Usually make Pea soup or mushroom barley soup, stuffed cabbage and mini meatballs, salad, sesame chicken with apricots and almonds. Have made a roast beef and salmon some years as additional offers. Thinking of the Cook's Illustrated Fish Roulade this year - haven't experimented with the recipe yet. would love some new suggestions of tried and true favorites. Just remembered Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking - loved the book and had to buy it - but forgot I have it!
Our theme for Kol Nidre dinner is usually very light stuff, to help an easy fast. Since it falls so early this year, and on a work week night to boot, we are focusing on things we can do ahead and/or last minute. We are doing salmon on the grill for the main dish, as it is fast and easy.
Rather than matzo ball soup in this heat, we are doing a make-ahead sour cherry soup that is cold and dairy with sour cream. Hints of almond in the Amaretto we add to the broth.
We buy whole sides of salmon at Costco, soak some cedar planks in water. Light BBQ for indirect grilling. Season fish with s&p, slices of lemon and sprigs of dill and parsley. Grill about 10-12 min, we like ours just cooked through. We are serving this with a French inspired potato salad with new potatoes, dill, red wine vinegar. For veg, we are making green beans with toasted almonds.
For dessert, we are having homemade apple strudel. My 81 yo Hungarian mother still makes it from scratch. Have to learn how to do that one of these days.
re: Diane in Bexley
oh!! - you should definitely try to learn how to make the strudel - I, too, had a Hungarian grandmother who made wonderful strudel but never had the opportunity to learn the recipe. Good luck with that! We also used to have a lighter menu but I find when making the meal for this larger crowd it took on a different perspective.