We looked up our top 10 dinner and dessert recipes from 2021, but the stats that we were most excited to see were for Shabbat recipes. We love seeing what your favorite Shabbat staples are. We even did a poll on Instagram a few days ago asking what all of your Shabbat cooking preferences are.
Here is a list of our top 18 Shabbat recipes from 2021. Not only is it fun to see what the next person likes to make, but it helps us decide what to make for the next few weeks too. Score!
We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do.
Top Apps of 2021:
- Best Challah Ever by Esty Wolbe
Thousands of women swear by this challah recipe and make it for Shabbat every week. It’s just the right amount of sweetness, a soft and doughy consistency, with a rich flavor. The dough rises well and is easy to work with, not too sticky to braid. The recipe is very versatile and you can easily adapt it to your own taste and it will still come out great.
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs from the Dining In Cookbook
The perfect combination of sweet and sour, these meatballs are tender yet firm, holding their shape beautifully. Feel free to shape the meatballs as big or small as you like. This recipe will become a staple on your dinner rotation, because they’re that good!
Moroccan Salmon by Bracha Jaffe
This Moroccan-style salmon with potatoes is a Shabbat staple in singer Bracha Jaffe’s home. Watch how Bracha brings it all together on Sunny Side Up!
Top Chicken Dishes of 2021:
- Caramelized Onion, Honey, and Chestnut Chicken by Tammy Israel
Full of flavor and easy to put together- you can’t go wrong with adding this chicken, caramelized onion and chestnut dish to your menu.
- Softest Chicken Ever by Brynie Greisman
This recipe starts by marinating the chicken overnight to infuse it with awesome taste in every bite. Cooking it in a Crock-Pot results in chicken that literally falls off the bone. You’re going to love it!
- Honey-Garlic Chicken Katsu by Estelle Chait
Chicken Katsu has its roots in the Japanese culture and, like many other Asian and Portuguese dishes, eventually found its way to the melting pot of Hawaii. It’s a highly popular dish for the island locals, and is often served with a side of white rice and mac salad. The cutlets are bathed in a sticky honey and garlic sauce, then sliced into thin strips, and served on a bed of rice, with pops of color from scallions and black sesame seeds.
Top Beef Dishes of 2021:
- Last-Minute Miami Ribs by Estee Kafra
This is one of my favorite last-minute, never-fail sauces and tastes terrific on Miami ribs. It couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Miami ribs are beef short ribs (flanken) that have been sliced into thin strips across the bone by the butcher. They’re about 1/2-inch thick. Short ribs are a kosher cut of beef. In this recipe, they are baked in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit in a sweet honey-soy sauce for two hours.
- Simply Saucy Brisket from the Dining In Cookbook
It doesn’t get any easier than this, and the taste is divine!
- Oven-Baked Glazed Corned Beef by Renee Chernin
Many people are reluctant to make corned beef because it usually has to simmer on the stove-top for several hours, heating up the house with a pungent aroma. Once I discovered the oven method, I find the preparation much easier to handle. This is my younger daughter’s favorite recipe of all. Perfect for any Yom Tov.
Top Side Dishes of 2021:
- Vegetable Kishka from the Nitra Cookbook
Kishka (also known as stuffed derma) is a traditional Jewish Ashkenazi stuffing made of flour or matzo meal, schmaltz, and spices. This recipe uses oil in place of schmaltz, making it parve, and adds carrots, celery, and onion to the mix.
World’s Easiest Deli Roll from the Dining In Cookbook
This deli roll is simple to make, and a great favorite with kids. It’s so easy, they can make it themselves!
- Secret Ingredient Potato Kugel by Esther Ottensoser
I’ve been making the same potato kugel recipe ever since I got married. More recently, I noticed that my mother’s kugel always tasted so much better, which didn’t make sense since we have the same recipe! Then I discovered the “secret ingredient” added to my mother’s recipe after I left the house — zucchini! The zucchini gives the kugel added flavor and a very nice texture.
Top Salads of 2021:
- Mediterranean Hearts of Palm “Pasta” Salad with Avocado and Basil by Victoria Dwek
Hearts of palm spaghetti is a fantastic low-carb substitute for regular wheat pasta. The hearts of palm “noodles” have a firm but tender texture and a mild flavor, and they will absorb plenty of the lemon vinaigrette in this salad. Watch 3 more amazing ways to eat Hearts of Palm Spaghetti with Victoria!
- Best-Dressed Quinoa Veggie Salad by Brynie Greisman
This salad is outstanding. A medley of quinoa, roasted veggies, and add-ins, with an awesome dressing to bring it all together.
- Cauliflower Israeli Salad by Chanie Nayman
This is the salad I make when I want something bright and fresh, which is pretty much necessary to go alongside every heavy Passover meal.
Best Shabbat Desserts of 2021:
- Best Healthy Apple Crisp by Rorie Weisberg
This dessert is one that will surprise you with its simplicity and its absolute deliciousness. I make it all year round. Best of all, it is sugar-and-potato-starch-free. Which is a good thing even if you’re not health-conscious, because potato starch can get boring after a while!
- The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie by Estee Kafra
The perfect chocolate chip cookie… made with oil?? Not margarine? Couldn’t be. But it is. It rarely happens, but when it does, it makes me happy: a perfect recipe, that tastes great, looks gorgeous and is simple enough for my 12-year-old daughter to make by herself from start to finish. To my mind, that’s the perfect recipe.
- Supreme Kokosh Cake from the Nitra Cookbook
Kokosh cake is the babka’s denser, richer, gooey-er cousin, another traditional pastry among Hungarian Jews. This recipe includes EIGHT filling variations, from chocolate, extra chocolate, and chocolate-walnut to raisin and cinnamon.