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Kosher Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

One of the most important rules in keeping kosher is that we don't mix meat and milk. Another one is that we don't eat any pork products. These restrictions can really hamper a traditional breakfast. With the newest bacon craze, people who keep kosher, are really out of the loop. There are of course turkey bacon or other bacon or sausage substitutes but they are not the same.When I do breakfast or brunch, I stick to dairy as there are so many more dairy breakfast foods.

What is Kosher?

Kosher, by definition, means fit or proper. It is saying whether a particular food product meets the dietary requirements of Jewish law. These laws are governed by the Torah and have been followed for over 3000 years. They are intricate and detailed laws and it takes years to understand them in depth.

There are many compelling reasons to follow a kosher diet, aside from the obvious that it is G-d's commandment. There are physical health benefits to eating kosher food and many Jewish people believe that it is better for our spiritual health, as well.

A Typical Israeli Breakfast

When you stay at a resort or hotel in Israel, breakfast is a sumptuous affair. It is similar to a Sunday Brunch in America (minus the ham and roast beef!) Breakfast is usually served bufet style with various egg recipes, potatoes and cheeses, There is plenty of fruit and pastries, as well as hot and cold cereal, The thing that is a little different, is the abundance of raw vegetables and salads.

Foods to Include in Your Brunch

I make several salads for my brunch. Israeli salad is simple and popular (and It looks pretty on the table!) Cabbage salads are also good and can be made ahead of time. Various yogourts and parfaits are also fun. I like to make individual parfaits with yogurt fruit and granola, but I always have assorted containers of yogurt as well. I put out a cheese platter and fresh vegetables, also. I usually provide an assortment of breads or muffins and include cream cheese, butter and other spreads. Our family enjoys hummus, so I serve it with pita, olives and some of my Matbucha salad. The sky is the limit! I make a lot of interesting salds and have many recipes here on hubpages. Feel free to peruse them for more tasty ideas!

A yummy breakfast of sunny side up eggs and an assortment of cheeses and condiments,

A yummy breakfast of sunny side up eggs and an assortment of cheeses and condiments,

Preparing your own Brunch

While we love going out to brunch, the cost and the long waits are getting pretty ridiculous. In addition, when there are kids involved, sometimes it's just easier to stay home. Staying home doesn't mean giving up on delicious breakfast specialities, It just means preparing them yourself! There is one family favorite that is a staple in our home. The blintz souffle is easy to make, doesn't take a lot of ingredients and appeals to pretty much everyone. I serve it as my "main dish" with fruit and veggies. In my recipe, I am using the cheese blintzes. I am also using ready made blintzes. You can make your own blintzes if you choose. If you buy ready made, they also come in fruit choices like strawberry or blueberry. Those can also be used. if I am having a large group, I make an assortment.

Tell me what you think of this Kosher Blintz Souffle

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

45 min

50 min

12 blintzes.

Ingredients

  • 12 frozen cheese or fruit blintzes
  • 1/4 butter, melted
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, or 2 tbls concentrate
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Pour the melted butter into a 9x13 baking dish. Lay the blintzes in the dish.
  2. Beat the eggs, adding the sugar, sour cream and vanilla.
  3. Pour the mixture over the blintzes. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

The Presentation of Food is Important when Entertaining.

It is important to present your food attractively. You don't have to have a lot of money or tableware to set a pretty, fun table. When I serve a meal to guests, I try to make it interesting and resourceful. I am all about using one receptacle for cooking and serving whenever possible and I love disposable items. Look around your kitchen and dining room to see what you have. You may be surprised that some of those things you have tucked away can be cute serving dishes. Check out my hand painted flamenco wine glasses! If you are serving fruit, make a basket with it. You don't have to know how to make a watermelon basket, you can simply cut it in half and use it as a bowl.

For a really pretty presentation of fruit check out Glimmer Twin Fan's step by step instructions of: Fruit Platter Ideas

You can use an assortment of bowls, jars and glasses to set a fun, festive table.

You can use an assortment of bowls, jars and glasses to set a fun, festive table.

Comments

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 27, 2017:

Thank you, AF mind! Mych appreciated!

AF Mind on January 26, 2017:

This all looks so delicious. Shalom.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on June 01, 2013:

Thank you, Carol! We also like turkey bacon, but....still can't eat those with milk!

carol stanley from Arizona on May 30, 2013:

i will go for the blintzes...All looks very good and so healthful..There are some really good turkeys sausages by Jennie O..I like them better than pork...Great hub as always.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on May 27, 2013:

Thank you, Martin!

Kidscraft, thank you! For the most part, it is a very healthy breakfast! My weekend was great! I hope yours was, as well!

Hi, Jami! You can definitely adapt it but, we only eat a very small portion of it when we make it. The rest of the breakfast is very healthy and, virtually fat free so a bit of this now and then may be indulging but can be fun splurge!

Thank you, Abby, for checking this out. Eating in Israel was way more healthy than here. You eat far less "fast food" or overly processed foods. Not only are the veggies and fruits plentiful and fresh but the dairy is so much better!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on May 27, 2013:

Thank you, Jackie! Definitely yummy! I made a half a recipe for the hub and we just finished it today!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on May 27, 2013:

Thank you, Arun Kanti!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on May 27, 2013:

Ah, Faith, you are so sweet! You always say just the right thing! Thank you so much for the kind words, votes and share! xoxo

Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on May 27, 2013:

Looks super yummy and healthy! I would have never thought about adding salad with eggs for brunch, but I do make a Korean cabbage salad ahead of time and sometimes have that with my eggs. I guess it's really no different. Besides, I sometimes add veggies to my omelet. Hmmm... may have to try this. Also, thanks for the background on "kosher." I always wondered what exactly it meant.

Jami Johnson from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont. on May 25, 2013:

Looks super yummy, too bad it is so high in fat. I am restricted in fatty foods due to health reasons, but I bet I could modify it to be less fat and still taste good. I think that may be my new culinary challenge :)

I will pin this. Very interesting.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on May 25, 2013:

Very interesting and fantastic presentation! I wouldn't mind a kosher breakfast because I love vegetables! It seems to be a very healthy breakfast! Thank you for sharing!

Enjoy your weekend!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on May 25, 2013:

I'm so there! thank you

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 24, 2013:

This looks and sounds very tempting. It is like our southern meals in that we cannot just have two or three things! Even cooking for less I just have to have variety and varied flavors go so well together. I love the cabbage salads too, that can be fixed hours if not the day before.

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it.

ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE from KOLKATA on May 24, 2013:

Thank you very much for such a nice presentation of the informative hub on a new food. Have a wonderful weekend.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 24, 2013:

Oh, wow, Randi,

Each time I visit one of your recipe hubs, I leave so hungry, with my mouth watering. You are really a great cook and thank you for sharing your awesome recipes with us all. Thanks for informing exactly what Kosher means, as I kind of had an idea, but I am clear now. How very interesting.

Your photos even enhance the hunger pangs more so, as they are so wonderful and colorful.

Voted up ++++ (have to return to share, as buttons are not appearing on my end right now)

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 24, 2013:

Randi, thanks for the education. I know next to nothing about kosher foods, so this was an eye-opener for me.

Have a great weekend my friend.

bill

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on May 24, 2013:

ahh Colin...you are the best! What a very sweet comment! We are all good, very tired. I spent the last 5 nights staying with my daughter and the new baby so kitties are also a bit disgruntled. Hopefully we will all go back to (our crazy kind of) normal soon! Enjoy the summer and the lake!

epigramman on May 24, 2013:

If I could meet a nice Jewish girl I would be 'kosher' 24/7.

And sing like a happy Cantor.

Yes my ravishing Randi you always put your hub presentations together with the right mix: a passion for your subject as you write with a labor of love and the keen insight and research so your lucky readers can indulge in some enlightenment and entertainment.

I hope this nice little comment finds you and your family well (both two legs and four legs) and I am sending you sincere warm wishes from Colin and his cats after a nice Asian chicken stir fry and now a cuppa of tea. Be well, be happy and look after your family

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