Here are 8 delicious recipes for your Shavuot table. We’ve put together our favorites from Berry Hunting and a few other awesome blogs.
Shavuot is the Jewish Harvest Festival, it marks the beginning of the wheat harvest here in Israel. In ancient times farmers would bring a basket of their most beautiful crops to the Great Temple as a way of thanking God for the year’s bounty. The Spring holiday celebrates new life; human babies, animals, and crops.
It is traditional to dress all in white on Shavuot and to wear flowers in your hair. Many farming communities throughout the country have big festivals to celebrate and show off all of the new babies and the beautiful fruit and vegetables that they grew that year. Children go to school dressed in white and carrying a basket filled with fruit and flowers. You can imagine what a beautiful sight it is.
Another great perk of Shavuot is that unlike most other Jewish holidays, the focus of the food is dairy and not meat. On the eve of the holiday most families enjoy a vegetarian meal. The country is flooded with recipes for pasta, ravioli, lasagna, and quiche. Fruit and vegetables play an important role in the meal as well.
Here are our favorite Shavuot recipes, some from our blog, and 3 bonus recipes from other blogs we love.
1. Sweet Corn Polenta
This creamy and summery polenta is made using fresh pureed corn cooked with butter. We topped ours with roasted vegetables, fresh greens and herbs, and some pecorino. Many people are unfamiliar with homemade polenta; this could be a beautiful and unique addition to your holiday table.
2. Mushroom Risotto
Our mushroom risotto is very rich and so creamy. You can adapt the recipe and replace the mushrooms with other mouthwatering combinations such as peas and lemon.
3. Coconut Rose Malabi
Malabi is a creamy milk pudding flavored with rosewater. Our recipe is vegan and gluten-free. For a special Shavuot meal, I would replace the pink syrup traditionally served on top and add fresh fruit instead.
4. Strawberry Mascarpone Tart
This is one of my favorite desserts for special occasions. I love how simple and quick it is to make but that it appears very decadent and beautiful. Feel free to top it with any combination of your favorite berries.
5. Olive and Onion Focaccia
Our focaccia is coated in onions, herbs, and olives. It is crunchy on the edges and soft in the middle. Make sure to serve it warm as an appetizer for your meal. Perhaps with some pesto and feta on the side.
6. Delicious Green Pesto Babka by Nordic Violet
Wait till you see this stunning green babka. I know I’ll be making it for my family this year. I highly recommend Viola’s other recipes as well, her blog is breathtaking.
7. Crepes with Ricotta and Berries by Ischta
We adore the styling and gorgeous food in this blog. Here is a perfect Shavuot dessert!
8. Basil Pesto Zoodles by Swoon Food
This is a perfect option if you’re looking for something a bit lighter and healthier for your holiday meal. Swoon Food explains how to make Zucchini noodles and create this gluten-free and vegan dish.
With Love From, Talya and Einav