Stuffed Foods for Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Kibbeh
Kibbeh. Mohamad Itani/Getty Images

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 (Dairy, Passover)

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    Parmesan Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushroom. © Miri Rotkovitz

    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)

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    Tortellini Spinach Soup. © 2014 Miri Rotkovitz

    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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    Kimchi-Stuffed Cabbage Recipe (Meat or Parve)

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    Kimchi Stuffed Cabbage from The Gefilte Manifesto. Credit: Lauren Volo / The Gefilte Manifesto

     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.

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    Mujadara-Stuffed Squash (Pareve)

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    Roasted delicata squash stuffed with mujadara and topped with caramelized onions. © Miri Rotkovitz

    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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    Ellen’s Falafel with Pickled Vegetables & Minted Lemon Yogurt (Dairy or Pareve)

    Falafel with Pickled Vegetables and Mint Lemon Yogurt
    Ellen’s Falafel with Pickled Vegetables and Minted Lemon Yogurt. © Rene Comet

    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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    Beef Strudel (Meat)

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    Beef Strudel. Giora Shimoni

     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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    Kibbeh

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    Kibbeh. Mohamad Itani/Getty Images

     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

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    Jewish Stuffed Cabbage, aka Holishkes (Meat)

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    Stuffed Cabbage. Martin Jacobs / Getty Images

    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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    Israeli Potato Bourekas (Pareve)

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    Potato Borekas. Miri Rotkovitz

    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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    Chocolate Hazelnut Stuffed Dates (Pareve, Passover)

    Chocolate Hazelnut Stuffed Dates
    Candy goes all natural with these Chocolate Hazelnut Stuffed Dates. © Miri Rotkovitz

    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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    Blueberry Blintzes (Dairy)

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    Blueberry Blintzes. Susánica Tam / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-2.0

    For an elegant Sukkah brunch or dairy dessert, Blueberry Blintzes can't be beat. Once you've got the hang of crepe making, you may find yourself making these throughout the year. Don't want to fuss with rolling the blintzes? Make a stack of homemade crepes and add your favorite fillings.