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Dairy Shabbat Lunch

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I'm hosting a Shabbat lunch this weekend for ~10 people. It will be a dairy meal with no fish (It seems I drew the short straw). Any ideas of what I can throw together day-of, or things that will reheat nicely? I already have a few salads down, so I'm looking for ideas for main dishes (The guests have expressed interest in having a breakfast/brunch-type meal)

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Blintze souffle and a sweet dairy kugel should both reheat fine. French toast should reheat ok. If you move off of the breakfast/brunch I'd suggest doing a cold pesto pasta.

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    1. re: avitrek

      Pasta salad (the cold pesto pasta) seems brunchy to me.

    2. Salad bar with all the usual stuff plus feta cheese, shredded yellow cheese, chickpeas, hard boiled egg (either chopped up or deviled eggs or both,) croutons, baco bits, etc.

      Moosewood Cookbook's Sri Wasano's Indonesian Rice Salad. I served it to a caterer over yomtov and she had seconds!

      Find some sort of tofu salad.

      No fish??? Wow this sounds more like a contest or a challenge than a real meal...

      1. When you say "reheat nicely," can I assume you mean you can't or are not leaving up a blech? If you are, a saucy lasagna should keep nicely on it, but if not, then it will be too wet to heat up on shabbat.

        I definitely second SoCal mother's suggestion of the Rice Salad. It's quite tasty.

        1. Spanikopita. Wonderful hot main course. Make it in a large lasagna pan. It's surprisingly easy to assemble in this world of modern wonders, like frozen filo. Get a good quality feta, Trader Joe sells an excellent kosher feta.

          Assemble and bake until golden brown. You can do this before the chag. Then refrigerate and reheat without a lid to crisp the upper layer of filo. It reheats well on a blech.

          And it'll be a little more exciting than a kugel or lasagna, because your guests probably have it less often. Though it is no harder to assemble.

          But if you want to be brunchy/traditional. Do a noodle kugel with lots of cheese and cut up peaches (canned and frozen both work well).

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          1. re: AdinaA


            To all of this I say (again):

            Why not cholent? You should be able to do a meat-free one and it will taste fine.
            And you might as well do the potato kugel on top.

            I could see problems with it being on Fleishig Keylim.... but you could also cook it double wrapped in your oven.

            Ah! Just read the last part of your post, that everyone wants brunchy foods.

            Go with a sweet kugel.

          2. Quiche with your choice of vegetables and cheese should reheat well and can also be served cold or room temperature. One combination I like is spinach, mushrooms, feta and cheddar, but there are so many options.

            1. I just thought of something: Don't you need a separate dairy blech???

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              1. re: SoCal Mother

                Not unless the food is touching the blech, which one would hope it doesn't. So long as the pots and pans on the blech are dry on the outside they won't transmit or absorb anything.

                1. re: zsero

                  I have had many spillovers on the blech, so I treat mine as bisari, but when I have something actually dairy to put on it, I wrap some heavy duty tin foil around the bottom of the pot.

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Even if your blech is fleishig because meat has spilled over on to it, putting a milchig pot on it isn't a problem unless it spills over too. Meat/milk isn't transmitted between two dry metal surfaces, even if they're hot. But your tin foil is a good idea just in case the milk pot does spill over. That way you save yourself a potential headache. Just be aware that it isn't strictly necessary; if you don't use the tin foil you can just hope that it doesn't spill and all will be well.

                2. re: SoCal Mother

                  If you needed a dairy blech, you'd also need a dairy stovetop, no?

                  1. re: GilaB

                    Dunno. I only use my blech for meat and I have teenage boys so yes, we sometimes have food right on the blech...

                    1. re: SoCal Mother

                      You could make an israeli meal pretty easily, as long as you have an opportunity to reheat falafel pre-fried before shabbos.
                      Hummus, baba, turkish salad, Israeli salad, cold Israeli couscous, etc. We serve this for vegetarian guests fairly often.

                3. How about a layered Mexican salad - lettuce, guacamole, salsa, retried beans, cheese, olives, etc. Great with tortilla chips!

                  1. I like to make a mushroom or spinach quiche or a vegetable frittata. They can be taken out and served room temperature, or warmed on the blech.

                    1. Too late for this weekend, but if you are hosting a future meal I can suggest two interesting and tasty main dishes that can be served at room temperature:
                      Kasha Phyllo Pie (Veganomicon cookbook). Great with a spicy mustard.
                      Wheat Berry Salad with Harissa and Pistachios http://www.chow.com/recipes/27486-whe.... Cook the wheat berries before Shabbat, and you can throw the rest together before serving.

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                      1. re: mamaleh

                        Mamaleh, thank you. I made this Wheat Berry Salad and it was fabulous.

                      2. mashed potato pie is a big hit at our house-we use morningstar farm grillers, cover with mashed potatoes (we have used potato flakes) and covered with melted cheese,

                        1. Perhaps some roasted veggies meant to be eaten cold?