Happy Chanukah, everyone!!! Well, Chanukah doesn’t really start until tonight but I’m celebrating just a tiny bit early with Miriam from OvertimeCook, Chanie from Busy In Brooklyn, Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat and Sam from The Little Ferraro Kitchen. We’re throwing the ultimate Chanukah party and you’re invited to join us…virtually, that is. We’ve put together an entire meal from appetizer through dessert and now you won’t have any trouble planning your own Chanukah menu. Just follow our lead…
Virtual Party Menu
Appetizer: Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Turkish Lentil Soup
Main: Melinda from Kitchen Tested (that’s me!) made a Roasted Jalapeno and Cheddar Strata
Side: Miriam from OvertimeCook made Mac and Cheese Latkes
Dessert: Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Deep Fried Rugelach
Drink: Chanie from Busy In Brooklyn made Gelt Hot Chocolate
Since dairy is traditionally served on Chanukah (more info about that here) and I was in charge of the main dish, I decided to go all out with the bread and cheese. I must tell you that I am obsessed with the idea of bread soaked in milk and eggs then baked with practically any ingredients you can think of. Whether it’s French toast, bread pudding or a beautiful layered strata (which is really just savory bread pudding), I am just in love with the concept. Go sweet and add chocolate chips and pecans or go savory with mushrooms and thyme…or in this case, spicy roasted jalapeños and cheddar cheese.
You can make a strata with fresh or day-old bread. That’s the beauty of this dish. If you have any leftover bread (it can be anything from crusty bread to challah), don’t throw it away! Make a strata instead.
Layer after layer of cheesy spicy goodness made just for you!
Don’t forget that you can add whatever you want to this strata. Throw some sautéed mushrooms and onions between the layers or sprinkle on some pepper jack cheese. The sky’s the limit!
As part of our Chanukah Party, we are giving away two incredible gift packages. The first is the Cookbook Package, sponsored by Artscroll and the second is the Gourmet Kosher Foodie Package sponsored by California Gourmet and NoMoo Cookies. Each package is worth over $100!!! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win!