Top 8 Appetizers for Sabbath Meals

A festive appetizer helps to differentiate a Sabbath meal from a weekday family meal. Each of these hors d'oeuvres is either parve or meat so it can be served with a meat meal. Enjoy these favorite Jewish holiday and Shabbos first courses with your family and any special guests.

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    Artichokes with Mayonnaise-Mustard Dip (Parve)

    Artichokes
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    Artichokes make a wonderful first course, especially for the Sabbath lunch meal. Children love to pull off one leaf at a time until they get to the heart of the artichoke. These tasty vegetables are a fun and healthy way to start a festive family meal together!

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    Baked Gefilte Fish Loaf (Parve)

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    Gefilte fish is a loaf of chopped up fish. It's usually prepared with a white-fleshed freshwater fish such as carp or pike. The chopped fish is generally mixed with onions, carrots, and parsley. Eggs and matzah meal hold the mixture together. This gefilte fish recipe is unique in that it uses gefilte fish from a jar and bakes, rather than boils, the fish.

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    Baked Gefilte in Tomato Sauce (Parve)

    Baked Frozen Gefilte Fish Loaf Baked in Tomato Sauce
    Baked Frozen Gefilte Fish Loaf Baked in Tomato Sauce. Giora Shimoni

    Why work hard when you don't have to? You can enjoy great tasting gefilte fish without spending all day in the kitchen. Simply buy a frozen gefilte fish loaf, cover with tomato sauce, and bake. This baked dish is an easy and delicious Shabbos appetizer.

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    Baked Nile Perch (Parve)

    Easy Baked Nile Perch
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    For another take on fish, this Nile perch recipe is easy enough for novice fish cooks to master and tasty enough for novice fish eaters to enjoy. In just three easy steps, you'll have a delicious and healthy main dish. First, rub mayonnaise on the fish. Second, sprinkle spices on the fish. Third, bake. Sometimes it is surprisingly simple to prepare great food.

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    Chef's Salad (Meat)

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    A classic chef's salad recipe, which includes meat and cheese, is not kosher. Fortunately Susie Fishbein has created a kosher recipe for chef's salad. Susie's kosher chef's salad tastes wonderful and it makes the perfect appetizer for a Sabbath meal. Mix the salad right before the meal and serve portions on individual plates. Easy, delicious, and kosher!

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    Deli Roll (Meat)

    Deli Roll
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    Deli roll is easy and will wow your guests. So much so, that they'll probably go home and make it again and again. Everyone, including the kids, will love the look and taste of this easy to prepare first course.

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    Mushroom Blintzes (Parve)

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    These mushroom blintzes may easily become a favorite Friday night appetizer. You can even make a large batch and then store them in the freezer. When Friday night rolls around, you'll already have a delicious and festive appetizer that can be easily defrosted, heated, and served.

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    Vegetarian Chopped Liver (Parve)

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    Vegetarian chopped liver is so delicious that you won't mind the frying it requires. There are many versions of parve chopped liver, but this one made of eggplants, onions, garlic, and hard-boiled eggs. Vegetarian chopped liver is lighter and healthier than real chopped chicken livers, but the taste is quite similar.