No-Fail, Break-Fast Menu for Yom Kippur

We’re not afraid to admit that we look forward to the end of Yom Kippur. As much as we appreciate contemplation and prayer, after nearly 24 hours without food or drink, we are ready for some quality eats. Beyond satiating a physical need (hunger), there is also something so nice about enjoying a good meal in a new year with family and friends. We know that the idea of having to prepare or organize food while abstaining seems like torture. However, we have always found that many of our favorite break-fast staples can easily be prepared ahead of time, or even store bought. Whether you are hosting, being hosted, or just plain hungry, here is our favorite no-fail, break-fast menu:


Photo via Eva Kolenko

Bagels, Shmear and Lox Platter: When else do we have the chance to eat a whole bagel without carb consumption guilt?  Filling, delicious and Jewish in its roots, there is a reason that this dish is a break fast staple. If that’s not enough, we love that it’s easily accessible at your favorite deli and requires no home cooking.


Photo via Tori Avey

Recipe via Martha Stewart

Israeli Salad: While when we’re famished we’re dreaming of bagels and lox, practically speaking, we do think it’s a good idea to incorporate a veggie option into your breakfast menu. Pretty and easy to chop up as the sun sets, an Israeli salad is one of our favorite break-fast salad options.


Recipe via Chowhound

Kale & Roasted Red Pepper Frittata: As easy to make as they are on an empty stomach, egg dishes are another Yom Kippur break-fast staple. This delicious Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Frittata is sure to keep people coming for seconds. 


Recipe via Tori Avey

Noodle Kugel: A true comfort food, most of our Jewish friends have a soft spot for kugel. Even better, we’ve found that kugel tastes better with time, making it a great bake the day before option. You may even consider doubling down on this dish by serving two kugels, one sweet and one savory.


Recipe via Smitten Kitchen

Chocolate Babkah: While fasters don’t generally have dessert on the mind, we simply can’t plan a menu without involving some chocolate.  Find a chocolate, store-bought version of babkah, which is a sweet, yeast cake ribboned with chocolate that is a traditional Ashkenazi recipe, or (if you’re ambitious) try this chocolate babkah recipe from Smitten Kitchen, one of our faves!

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