Yom Kippur is a long somber day full of reflection, repentance and hunger. We spend all day in services looking back at the year before, and often, the last meal you ate once the hunger starts growling louder than your prayers. I like to joke that you know Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for Jews, since it’s the one day we restrict ourselves from eating! The break-the-fast meal is a way to come together after a day of self-reflection, sharing memories and lessons from the year before over a well-deserved meal.
There are many ways to break the fast—you can go to a restaurant, eat at your synagogue or prepare a meal to enjoy at home with your family. Since you’re spending all day at the synagogue, and you don’t want to be preparing food you can’t eat during the day, breakfast for dinner (brinner) is a great way to break your fast.
Many people go the bagel-and-lox route for Yom Kippur, but this Lox, Onion and Spinach Frittata takes it up a notch with the addition of eggs and goat cheese. You can whip this up in less than 30 minutes or even make it the day before and reheat it once you get home from services. If you crave those bagels, try putting a slice of this in one for an over-the-top bagel sandwich!
Another make-ahead dish for those savory breakfast fans is shakshuka. This stew of tomatoes, peppers and whatever veggies you have wilting in your fridge—spinach, mushrooms, eggplant or zucchini, to name just a few—is a great way to feed a crowd without breaking a sweat. You can make the tomato sauce in advance, reheating it on the stove and poaching some eggs in it before serving. Pair it with some crusty bread (or bagels), a tossed green salad or chopped Israeli salad and you have a delicious meal in minutes.
For those craving something sweet, don’t fret—there’s plenty for you as well! Quick breads and cakes are great, since they can easily be made the day before and actually taste better with an overnight rest. This apple cake is perfect for Yom Kippur, continuing the sweetness from Rosh Hashanah and highlighting fall’s fresh apples.
Everyone’s hangry by the time dinner rolls around, so the best way to settle the sweet-versus-savory debate is to provide something for all tastes with crepes. These simple pancakes can be made in advance and reheated in the oven, and are a great crowd pleaser since everyone can make their own. Fill them with fresh fruit, Nutella, cheese, sautéed or roasted vegetables, avocado and even lox. There are endless possibilities and options for even the pickiest eater at your table.
Take the stress out of Yom Kippur with these ideas for a fun break-the-fast breakfast. Let’s end the High Holy Days with a reflective Day of Atonement followed by a good, heartwarming meal to push us into the new year.