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Crispy Rice Cakes with Three Sauces

Jewish food traditions are inspired by the regions throughout the world. Sephardic Jewish cuisine, including North African Jewish dishes, is influenced by neighbors along the Mediterranean. Rice cakes are traditionally included in North African Shabbat meals, with aromatic spices including turmeric, saffron, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon. 

RICE CAKES
3 cups basmati rice, cooked and cooled
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
Salt, to taste
1 whole lemon
2 eggs
4 tablespoons cooking oil
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PARSLEY POMEGRANATE HERB SAUCE
1 bunch fresh parsley, curly or flat leaf
2 garlic cloves
1 pomegranate
1 lemon
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt, to taste
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CUCUMBER MINT YOGURT
1 cup plain yogurt, preferably Greek
1 English cucumber
2 garlic cloves
1 lemon
2-3 sprigs fresh mint
Salt and pepper, to taste
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MATBOUCHA
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3 garlic cloves
1 small yellow onion, chopped
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
2 roasted red bell peppers (from a can or jar), sliced
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
Salt, to taste
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

“Paj-kes” – Korean Latkes

45 minutes

Becky Jaye shares her family recipe for pajeon, a Korean potato pancake often made with scallions and other vegetables. 

5 lb. shredded Idaho potatoes
2 large, shredded sweet yellow onions
6-7 shredded orange carrots
3 bunches of scallions, quartered length-wise and sliced diagonally in lengths of 1 to 1.5”
5 eggs
1 ½ cups Korean pajeon potato pancake flour, for example, Beksul Korean Pancake Mix, available in Asian grocery stores and online (Note: You may substitute the same amount of regular flour, though your pancakes will be less like pajeon and more like latke
3 tbsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp of rice vinegar
Minced garlic, chopped scallions, and sesame seeds to your liking

Air Fryer Potato Latkes

Here's a healthier, lighter option to traditional deep-fried latkes!

LATKES:
2 shallots
6 potatoes, like Yukon Golds, peeled and quartered
Pinch of baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons flour
Olive oil spray to coat the air fryer basket
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TOPPINGS (optional):
Sour cream or Greek yogurt
Gravlax, fresh dill, and capers
Applesauce, apple slices, and cinnamon