Shabbat In 2 Hours: Mashed Potatoes

Shabbat In 2 Hours: Mashed Potatoes

This is almost one of my non-recipe recipes.

My family loves mashed potatoes. However, mashed potatoes are something that need to be made fresh and served immediately. As I am time challenged, I find it difficult to make anything that requires precise timing. Up until now, I rarely made them.

This past week, I was so excited to have discovered cooking the potatoes in the crock pot. The potatoes cooked while I was at work. Then, when I came home, I mashed them just before Shabbat. In very little time, we had wonderful, fresh mashed potatoes.

I know that this seems like such a little thing. But, it was very exciting for everyone. Sometimes, it is the little things in life that count.

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Ingredients

potatoes, whole and unpeeled

water to cover

salt, pepper to taste

olive oil, to taste

Optional: butter or margarine

Optional:sauteed onions

Optional: fresh crushed garlic

Optional: spices as desired

Optional: paprika, for added color

Instructions

Place whole potatoes in crock pot, and add water to cover. Since I made this early in the morning, I added more water than necessary, to avoid overcooking. However, overcooking is not a high risk proposition. Since they are going to be mashed, overcooking will not harm the final outcome.

When I got home, the potatoes were cooked, and not even over cooked!  I peeled them, and mashed them, adding the cooking water to desired consistency. As I mashed them, I added the salt, pepper and olive oil.

Placed whole in the crock pot, cover with water.

I peeled them after they were cooked.

Mashed and ready to serve!

The variations of mashed potatoes are endless. So far, I have not been too adventurous.

My plan was to leave some of the potatoes whole for a potato salad for lunch on Shabbat day. However, that turned out to be unnecessary.  Everyone in the family devoured the mashed potatoes! I actually ran out.  A definite hit!

Now, everyone is looking forward to having them for Shabbat dinner again.  I am so happy that it will be possible to make this dish more often.

Enjoy!

 

Shabbat in 2 Hours — Baked Apples

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I love cats. I couldn’t resist.



Shabbat in 2 Hours — Baked Apples

I hesitate to call this an actual recipe. However, my friend Malka introduced me to baked apples for Shabbat. It is even faster and easier than my fruit compote, and I bake them while I have everything else in the oven.

Ingredients:

Apples, cut in half, and seeds removed

cinnamon

Instructions:

Cut apples in half and remove the core and any other blemishes. Lightly spray oil the pan and sprinkle cinnamon over the bottom. Add apples, cut side down.

Bake in 350* – 375* oven until done. The house will smell heavenly!


Enjoy!

Just for fun, I thought I would post this.

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Many blessings to all for a beautiful shabbat.

Saturday night begins the first night of Channuka and Christmas Eve. Happy holidays everyone!


Love,

Carol and family.

Challah Recipe

Water Challah

This is our favorite challah recipe. I make it every week. It works in the bread machine or in the food processor.

Depending on the time of year, I often make the dough in the bread machine. I put the ingredients in the bread machine before I go to work Friday morning. Then, I set the timer so that the dough will be done when I get home from work.

The first thing I do when I walk in the door is braid the dough. I let the loaves rise and bake them just before Shabbat. It is so great to have fresh baked challah for Shabbat!

Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1.75 cups warm water

2 teaspoons yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

3 Tablespoons oil

1.5 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 egg, to brush loaves

Directions:

For the food processor: Mix yeast, 1 t sugar into water and let it bubble and rise. Mix flour, sugar, oil and salt. Add yeast and water and then mix until it forms a smooth dough.

Let rise in an oiled bowl and shape into loaves. I tend to make up to 8 small loaves, unless we are having guests.  Brush the loaves with an egg and let rise again.

For bread machine:

Place in bread machine according to the instructions.

Bake in a 425*F oven until done. The trick to knowing if the bread is done is to tap the bottom of the loaves and listen if it sounds hollow.

Hints:

On days when I am rushed, I will sometimes put the bread in a cold oven and let it rise as the oven comes to the correct temperature.  It works!

I line the baking pans with parchment paper, to make the clean up easier.

In the past, I have sometimes sprinkled cinnamon on the pan. It gives a hint of sweetness to the challah, and makes the whole house smell heavenly!

The smell of challah is the scent of Shabbat!

Here are the pictures:

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This is the dough, ready to rise.

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Voila! The final product.

Enjoy!

Water Challah