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Top 5 Jewish Comfort Foods You Should Make this Shabbos


We survived January! Don't listen to the groundhog, because despite whatever snow might be in store the days are only getting longer and you can forget it's winter by getting a head start on Purim or Pesach planning (okay, maybe not quite yet).  We tend to reach for warming, comforting foods in the dark of winter and even more so on Shabbos when it's a time to relax to truly enjoy.  Below are the 10 best recipes for 5 of the most famous Jewish comfort foods, since it can be a contentious subject they are not listed in any particular order, we all deserve to choose our own favorite foods!  A lot of people have family recipes from Bubbe, so let us know what you do different to make your classic Jewish foods truly comforting!

Garlic Honey Brisket

Garlic Honey Brisket: Jamie’s go-to, fool-proof brisket recipe that is as delicious as it is simple, or if you’re looking for a more barbecue inspired brisket try the “Overnight” BBQ Beef Brisket.  It’s hard to believe that brisket could be a gal’s best friend, but after tossing it in a marinade just sit back and let it do all the work while you reap the rewards of comforted and fully bellies alongside smiling faces.

matzo ball soup

Matzo Ball Soup: Otherwise known as Jewish Penicillin, and let me say not a week goes by in the winter when I don’t find a way to get some high-quality homemade matzo ball soup.  As long as you don’t pound them into baseballs, these will always bring comfort, but if someone is not a matzo ball fan try theWild Rice Chicken Soup.

Pull Apart Challah

Geller Family Challah: Possibly the most famous challah recipe out there and even though it calls for a 6 pound bag of flour, you may devour most of it before anyone else realizes how much you made!  If there happens to be extra challah dough, make it into Challah Dough Cinnamon Buns for a warm erev-Shabbos treat.


Potato Kugel: Everyone always fights over the crispy corners, but serve them as individual kugel cups everyone will get their own!  You can also make this without the cups, just be sure to cook it in a glass pyrex, it helps to make it extra crispy.  Another must have is the classic Yerushalmi, or Salt and Pepper Kugel, the salt and pepper are a savory kick that differentiates this kugel from it’s otherwise sweet counterpart, raisin noodle kugel.

Hamin for Balaboosta Restaurant NYC Cookbook 2012

Family Heirloom Chulent: If people think post-Thanksgiving meal naps are a sport, then post-cholent Shabbos naps must be the marathon equivalent.  Whether you prefer old fashioned Ashkenazi chulent or are more of the Israeli Hamin fan, both  have an abundant mix of carbs and meats to keep everyone at the table satisfied.

Check out more Shabbos ideas here!

Jewish Comfort Food