‘How the Laws Were Won’, or ‘Win, Lose, or Dairy’…

Ah, Shavout… As with most Jewish holidays, this one has it’s own unique food roots. This is the anniversary of when we received the laws, and is a special holiday in my heart. Likewise, before a BIG meal at the end of the day, during Shavout we’re supposed to eat a LOT of dairy dishes. Me, some of my favorite dairy dishes get a chance to shine during this time. So, I figured MY favorite dairy dish:

Seattle/Philly Rolls

2 cups sushi rice
Nori (seaweed sheets for making sushi) for sushi rolls
4 oz. Sushi-Grade Salmon (Atlantic or Wild Pacific)
4 oz. Cream Cheese (I prefer chives & green onion flavor for this, myself, but plain works fine…)

Taking the Nori sheet, spread out a thin bed of rice onto it.

Next, take the salmon and cream cheese and slice it into thin slivers (About 1/8th an inch thick is best.)

Lay the salmon & cream cheese onto the bottom of the sheet with the rice.

Now, using a bamboo mat, roll the sushi up into a tight roll and press firmly to secure it.

Finally, Slice the roll into 1/2 inch slices and serve with soy sauce and wasabi.

The difference in calling these Philly or Seattle rolls depends on which ocean the salmon comes from. From the Pacific, it’s Seattle Rolls, and from the Atlantic it’s Philly Rolls! But, before I end this, let’s look at this recipe that was adapted from The Italian Baker by Carol Field, who suggested that a slight variation on this particular recipe would be to sprinkle a little strong coffee in addition to the vanilla extract. I enjoy making this as a special treat for dairy meals, and it tastes quite good!

MASCARPONE (or best-quality CREAM CHEESE), 18 ounces
CONFECTIONER’S SUGAR, 1-1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons
RUM, 8 tablespoons
SPONGE CAKE, about 14″ by 8″ cut in half horizontally
COCOA, unsweetened Dutch process, 2 tablespoons

Press Mascarpone through a wire-mesh sieve into a mixing bowl. Or, process with a few pulses in food processor with steel blade.

Process until smooth.

Add the cream, 1-1/2 cups of sugar, half the rum, and the vanilla.

Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon or process until smooth and creamy.

Brush each layer of the cake with 2 tablespoons of rum.

Spread half the cheese mixture on top of one layer of cake.

Cover with the second cake layer.

Spread the remaining cheese filling over the top layer.

Mix the cocoa and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, and sieve over the cake.

Grate the chocolate over the cocoa.

I hope these recipes help to offer a wonderful dairy meal for anyone who cares to use it, and I hope you all have a wonderful Shavout! But for now, I have some chicken and dumplings cooking in the slow cooker that are needing my attention. Shalom and good cooking!


June 1, 2006. dessert, recipes, snacks.

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