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Adar is the month of increasing in simcha, happiness, and Purim, the main event of the month, brings that happiness to an all time high.  The Purim Seudah, holiday meal, is a highlight for many because the mitzvah to eat and drink in abundance brings the holiday induced happiness to new highs.  Whether you're having a large or small crowd, the menus below have plenty of options to suit all crowds.

Vegetarian Seudah

The other day there was an article we posted titled "Queen Esther Could Have Been Plant-Based, Right?" which got me thinking about vegetarian seudah ideas.  

This menu captures the elegance of the holiday without resorting to meat as the wow-factor. 

Break bread with the cute and delicious Hamantashen Challah (keep it vegan with vegan challah

Hamantashen Challah

Follow it up with yummy, filling salads such as the Winter Quinoa Salad

winter quinoa salad

Portobello Carpaccio with Chimichurri


And spread the table with Colorful Tahini


If it's cold where you live, serve this Creamy Carrot Bisque 

Creamy Carrot Bisque

Along with Pressure-Cooker Wild Mushroom Risotto

Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

Treat yourself and your guests to a dessert of 4 different Homemade Truffles

Make your own truffles box gift

Persian Inspired Feast

Purim falls on a Thursday this year, the good news is, if you have any leftovers you can repurpose them for shabbas.  The bad news is this menu is so good you likely won't have any leftovers. 

Za'atar and Olive Challah is a festive change from the usual.  

Zaatar and Olive Challah

Serve your bread with Roasted Eggplant Carpaccio and Exotic Tomato Salad

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And Raw Cauliflower Tabbouleh

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For your main try Lamb Meatballs with Pomegranate Glaze atop a bed of Almond and Date Couscous

Lamb meatballs

Add these Spicy Chorizo Potato Bourekas for a nice touch of something visitors can grab and go. 

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For dessert try the Spicy Espresso Truffles and the Hawaij for Coffee Hamantaschen

Hawaij for Coffee Hamantaschen

 Family Friendly Formal

This menu could please just about anyone but it still is refined with modern elegant takes on classic dishes.  Start with the famous Jamie Geller Challah Recipe 

Shalom Bayit Challah

Make it pull apart and let everyone choose their favorite topping, no fighting on this joyous day. 

Salmon en Croute 

The Modern Menu Salmon en Croute

I love how elegant this fish appetizer feels. 

Serve a Fresh Fig, Carrot, Fennel and Kale Salad on the side

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For the next course, enjoy the Creamy Spinach and Potato Soup

Spring Onion and Spinach Soup

For the main try the Brisket in a Pot with Garlic 

Brisket In a Pot with Lots of Garlic

Potato Cake with Sweet Shallot Jam and Thyme

Prime Grill Potato Cake

Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas  

sugar snap peas

For dessert treat yourself to a warm slice of Pear Cake with a heaping scoop of pareve ice cream 

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