Thanks to Sukkot's status as a harvest holiday, there's a tradition to serve stuffed foods to celebrate the seasonal bounty. For many, the custom extends through Simchat Torah, since pairs of cylindrical foods -- think cabbage rolls or blintzes -- plated side-by-side resemble Torah scrolls. (The same logic applies on Shavuot, the harvest holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah.) Of course, there's no need to save these recipes for the holidays -- they're wonderful year... round!
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Parmesan Quinoa-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are another great addition to dairy menus, whether served as an elegant starter, or a main course.
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Tortellini Soup with Spinach (Dairy)
When it comes to soups, meat kreplach get all of the attention. But if you're planning a dairy or vegetarian meal, tortellini are an overlooked option. Add frozen cheese tortellini to your favorite veggie soup, or doctor boxed veggie broth with sauteed onions, garlic, chopped tomatoes, and a splash of white wine, then add frozen tortellini and chopped spinach, and simmer until the tortellini are cooked through. Top with freshly grated Parmesan.
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Speaking of cocktails, Chicken and Scallion Wontons with Soy Dipping Sauce make another ideal accompaniment. You can serve them steamed or fried as a starter, or float them in soup if you'd prefer.
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A favorite Bubbe recipe gets spiced up Millennial style with the addition of kimchi, in this recipe from The Gefilte Manifesto cookbook. There are options for both meat and lentil-mushroom fillings, so both omnivores and vegetarians can get in on the action. If you're feeling industrious (and have a little patience), you even can make your own kimchi to use in the recipe.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Mujadara, one of the Middle East's premier comfort foods, is totally delicious, but its looks are humble. Stuff it into roasted winter squash (small varieties like acorn or delicata are good choices), and top it with a lush tangle of caramelized onions, though, and the savory lentil and rice mix is transformed into a company-worthy side, or the anchor of a vegetarian meal. (P.S. This is a fabulous addition to Thanksgiving menus.)
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Sure, falafel is casual street food. But if you've ever stood in an Israeli falafel joint, strategically biting into a loaded pita while tahina runs down your wrist, you know this sandwich qualifies as stuffed. Chef Todd Gray's wife and business partner, Ellen, offers this elevated version with quick pickled vegetables. Try her minted lemon yogurt for dairy meals, or opt for hummus and tahina to keep things pareve. If you want to go fancy for a holiday meal, use mini pitas to serve these... slider-style with cocktails.
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If you need a simple, hearty meal to serve a crowd, Giora Shimoni's Beef Strudel is a good option. Frozen puff pastry helps dress up ground beef for the holiday.
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A Middle Eastern specialty, kibbeh (sometimes spelled "kubbeh") are bulgur coquettes filled with spiced ground meat. Serve them fried as appetizers, or pick up some prepared frozen kubbeh and boil them in soup.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Eastern European Food Expert Barbara Rolek is About.com's stuffed cabbage maven, and she's got some great kosher recipes in her collection. These sweet and sour sauced Holishkes are stuffed with beef.
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This easy recipe for Israeli potato bourekas is made with purchased puff pastry for convenience. They are parve so they can be eaten with a meat or dairy meal.
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Think of these Chocolate Hazelnut Stuffed Dates as nature's candy. They're sweet, chewy, and crunchy all at once, and deliver a delectable hit of chocolate. Best of all, they're dairy-free, so you can enjoy them with all sorts of meals.
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