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Jun
11

Perfect Jewish


Published by Parragon Publishing, UK; 2008

From the dust cover:

The unique flavors of Jewish Regional cooking are brought to life in this fascinating new cookbook. It features an enticing range of 120 recipes from Jewish communities all around the world.

Perfect Jewish is a delightful cookbook by Elizabeth Wolf-Cohen features both Ashkenazic and Sephardic dishes divided into 5 sections:

  • Soups, aalads & appetizers
  • Main dishes
  • Light dishes and accompaniments
  • Desserts, cakes & cookies
  • Breads & pastries
The featured recipes cover Central, Eastern Europe and Russia, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East and North Africa. The selections and the beautiful photos paint a rich picture of our culture adapting itself to the various regions around the world that were graced with a Jewish presence.
The easy to follow, detailed recipes, and the mouth watering photos make this a must have book for every kitchen. It was hard to choose just one recipe out the many succulent selections but I finally decided upon something uniquely American, so we adapted (the original deli recipe calls for Gruyere cheese) the following from the book:

Detail from photo on page 142...

The Reubens Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp margarine softened
  • 4 slices “deli” rye bread
  • 4 – 6 oz cooked roast beef, or corned beef, or pastrami, [or a combination of any of these] thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sauerkraut, well drained
  • vegetable oil or margarine for frying
  • Pickled cucumbers to serve [yes, there is recipe for these on page 41, if you are truly ambitious!]
Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 cup bottled or home made mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp ketchup or chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp seeded and finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped pimento
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped sweet and sour pickled cucumber
Following the great emigration of the 1880s, by the 1920s more than 2 million Jews were working in sweatshops. They bought kosher foods from Jewish neighbors and a great Jewish-American institution, the Jewish deli, was born. It served some fantastic sandwiches.
  1. Dressing: Mix the dressing ingredients together in a bowl until well blended. Store, refrigerated, in an air tight container for up to one week.
  2. Spread margarine on to one side of each bread slice. Lay margarine- side down. Spread the center with 1 tbsp each of the dressing.
  3. Divide the roast beef between 2 bread slices tucking in the slices to fit. Divide the sauerkraut and make an even layer over the roast beef. Top with the remaining bread slices, margarine side out, and press firmly to compress the layers.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet or ridged griddle pan over medium-high heat. Carefully slide the sandwiches into the pan. Press down on on the tops of the sandwiches. Cook for 3 minutes or until the undersides are crisp and golden.
  5. Carefully turn, press down again and cook for 2 minutes, or until golden and the beef is hot. Transfer to a cutting board Cut in half and serve with pickles.
Serves 2
Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!
CS
05
Sep
10

Yom Tov Recipes – Rib Roast


[Chef Eran Elhalal, has repeatedly delighted us with his recipes and his encyclopedic knowledge of cheese types, wines, etc. Once again he follows that trend with this superb yom tov recipe. He constantly surprises us with the subtle variations, to the tried and true, he introduces and the truly rewarding results. CS]

Who’s Afraid of a Rib Roast?

Roast beef is the perfect entrée for an end of summer feast, and Rosh Hashana is that feast! A well prepared roast is both festive and rustic , simple to make yet impressive.

I chose to prepare a rib roast for this year’s Rosh Hashana because the forecast is for a hot day and roasts along with all other dry cooking methods yield a lighter result than proteins prepared using moist cooking methods ( Stews, Braises, poached meats…) which we prefer in the winter.

Many home cooks fear the large roast, for no other reason other than the fact that they had made a disastrous one at some point and do not want to waste an expensive piece of meat, or be embarrassed at the dinner table by a tough, overcooked dry result.

Now, a great roast is easy! It is all about high quality ingredients and following the guidelines to a tee . No shortcuts please!

The best kosher cuts of beef used for roasting are : Tenderloin /Fillet (only the front end) and the Rib (bone in , boneless, rolled), the deboned cuts are also referred to as Striploin (American market term or Entrecote ( French term).

Ingredients:

1 Rib Roast, bone in and trussed. Make sure you know exactly how much your cut weighs.

1 bunch Thyme

2 Tbsp oil

Salt

Coarse ground black pepper

Preparation:

1. -Rub salt and pepper all around the roast and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

2. -Remove from the fridge and allow to reach room tempo , about 1 hour. The result will be much more tender that way.

3. -Preheat the oven to 450 F.

4. -Place the meat over a layer of Thyme sprigs in a roasting pan.

5. -Drizzle the top with the oil and put in the oven for 15 minutes. This gives the initial sear that seals the pores in the meat, keeping it beautifully moist inside, and also caramelizes the meat (called: Maillard Reaction – starches turn to sugars when they reach 310 F), which yields that sweet charred flavor we love!

6. -Continue to roast for 12 minutes for every Lb. This is why the uncooked weight is important. ( Example : For a 5 Lb Bone in Rib roast you would need 15 minutes+ (12 mins*5Lb)= 75 minutes toal).

7. -Remove from the oven, cover loosely and allow to rest for 10 minutes above the oven before slicing. Resist the urge! This allows the juices to redistribute evenly in the meat .

Enjoy!

Eran Elhalal (crossposted from eranelhalal.com)




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