Cooking kosher is an important part of the Jewish religion, as is celebrating Shabbat. Turning on the stove or oven in the middle of a summer heat wave, however, adds a whole new element to the process. If you want to serve delicious food but keep things cool, you need a few top-notch no-cook recipes for Shabbat meals in summer. Here are some ideas from PaNosh Kosher Catering.
The great thing about summer is the abundance of fresh produce. Whether you're looking for a side dish or a full meal, salads can take you from appetizer to dessert. Try mixing chickpeas, feta cheese and fresh mint with a lemon vinaigrette. Delicious watermelon is only available in the summer. You can mix it with jicama or cucumbers or make a true fruit salad by combining it with grapes, peaches and cherries. Salads also offer the ability to depart from a formal recipe and experiment.
While many people might think of soup as a cold-weather dish, there are a number of cold soups. Gazpacho, for example, is at its best when made with garden-ripe tomatoes and served chilled. There are also some gazpacho-inspired recipes that use fruits such as watermelon or vegetables like beets. Cucumbers, cantaloupe and avocado also make good soups, as do peaches and strawberries.
One easy way to avoid cooking on Shabbat is to cook ahead. Shredded beef or chicken, for example, can be used in salads. Cook it early in the morning a day or two before the Shabbat. And don't overlook the simple sandwich. If your meat is cooked ahead of time, it's easy to put together artisan sandwiches for a meal on a hot day.
A dessert that can be assembled is not only a no-cook option; it's often a way to involve the kids! No bake tarts, cheesecakes and ice box pies can be assembled ahead of time. Freezer desserts like sorbets can be made with almost any kind or combination of fruits. Fruit can also be sliced and served with a special syrup that includes mint or other herbs. Assemble a dessert with sliced strawberries, angel food cake and whipped cream for an easy and delicious strawberry shortcake.
Of course, you also have a completely different option – call PaNosh Kosher Catering. We can put your Shabbat meal together, from appetizers to dessert. We also offer vegetarian choices as well as meats and poultry. Whether it's an intimate gathering or a large group, we can provide you with delivery service, set up, food and even full-service meals. Please call us in advance so we can discuss your menu and give you an estimate.