Stuffed onions, or “mechshe” is a common Shabbat and holiday dish for all Syrian Jews. Traditionally, our grandmas would stuff their squash, tomatoes, carrots, and Spanish onions with fatty beef that they would grind themselves. They would then add in Arborio (short grain) rice, salt, allspice, and cinnamon. A homemade sweet and sour tamarind “ourt” sauce would then be poured on and this yummy concoction would simmer on the fire or in the oven for hours. Well, Victoria Dwek has managed to modernize this centuries old mechshe recipe, plus make it taste fabulous AND healthy. Victoria and Leah Shapirah feature this stuffed onion recipe PLUS 59 more fabulous and easy kosher for Passover recipes in their new cookbook Passover Made Easy. Not only is it beautifully designed, but the innovative recipes have been triple tested and actually have gorgeous FULL COLOR photos for each dish! I would truly send this new take on Passover cooking kosher cookbook as the perfect Passover gift. At $10. what are you waiting for??? Click and buy now! Enjoy! Marlene
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“When Leah Schapira and I began working on the side dishes chapter of our newly released book, Passover Made Easy, I knew I absolutely had to borrow inspiration from my heritage and “stuff” something. It wouldn’t be zucchini or eggplant, though, that would be too ethnic for a wider audience. But how about an onion? Leah suggested I make an all-vegetable filling, and I got to work. Most recipes take a few tries to perfect, but this was an instant winner.
I had fun making these because onions are among the easiest vegetables to stuff. They’re also freezer-friendly, so you can prepare this pretty side dish in advance and rewarm before the meal. The ground almonds in the recipe don’t only do a great job of binding the stuffing together — they also taste way better than bread crumbs. The end result is a dainty and flavorful little bite. For a prettier presentation, be sure to select round onions.
You can also use red onions, or a combination of red and white, to give this dish a different look.” -Victoria
Passover Made Easy, co-authored by Victoria Dwek and Leah Schapira, and published by Artscroll, includes 60 creative new recipes for Passover, each with a gorgeous full color photo. You can find it wherever Jewish books are sold, or online at Amazon.Leah Schapira is the co-founder of CookKosher.com, a popular online kosher recipe exchange, and the author of the bestselling Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking. A self-taught cook, Leah expresses her love of cooking through her recipe column, her busy website, and her exciting cooking demos and classes. Passover Made Easy is Leah’s second release with ArtScroll/Shaar Press.
Victoria Dwek is the managing editor of Whisk, a popular kosher food magazine published weekly by Ami Magazine. Her feature articles take readers behind the scenes to learn from chefs and other professionals in the kosher food world. An experienced journalist and avid hostess, Victoria’s work combines her passions for good food and good writing.
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