Starters & Sides Made Easy: Review & Giveaway

startsaandsidesforwpA new cookbook in the mail is some of the best kind of mail out there. I was very excited when the Starters & Sides Cookbook showed up in my mailbox recently. This cookbook, by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek of Ami Magazine and CookKosher.com fame, is just as beautiful and just as well laid out as their Passover Made Easy cookbook that I featured this past Spring.

This cookbook features pages and pages of easy to follow recipes for tasty and innovate side dishes, appetizers and salads. This cookbook is totally made for me. I love side dishes! I could make a dinner out of the appetizer menu!

When this cookbook showed up, I quickly ripped it out of the packaging to page through the book. Like the Passover cookbook, the book features some fantastic tips and ideas. The recipes are simple, without complicated ingredients. Every recipe features a full-color photo, which is always helpful.

I especially liked that there were many recipes in the cookbook that were vegetarian and most of the recipes didn’t use processed products. I tried to stick to whole foods as much as possible.

A recipe that caught my eye, that I thought would be perfect for an upcoming dinner I was hosting, were the kishka and zucchini towers. Homemade kishka is a fantastic treat once in a while. This vegetarian appetizer is perfect for shabbat or any other dinner when entertaining. Sharing the recipe with you today.

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In addition to the cookbook that the publisher sent me, they have also graciously offered one cookbook for one of my lucky readers. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! Good luck! Hope you enjoy the cookbook as much as I did!

Kishka and Zucchini Towers
 
From Starters & Sides Made Easy by Leah Scapira & Victoria Dwek
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Side Dish
Ingredients
For the Zucchini:
  • 3 large zucchini, cut into ½-inch slices
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • coarse black pepper to taste
Kishka
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ⅔ cup cold water
  • ⅔ cup oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the kishka: In a small bowl, combine flour, breadcrumbs, brown sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stir in water and oil. Mold the mixture into a log that is the same width as your zucchinis. Freeze log for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Place zucchini rounds on one prepared baking sheet. Remove kishka from freezer and slice into ½-inch rounds. Place kishka rounds on second prepared baking sheet.
  5. Brush zucchini and kishka rounds with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 45-50 minutes until zucchini is tender and kishka and zucchini are golden on the edges.
  6. Remove from oven. Create towers by topping a kishka round with a zucchini round, another kishka round, and a second zucchini round.

 

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  • Dvora Gelfond

    I love sweet and white potatoes with olive oil, fresh onions and mushrooms. 🙂

  • Rachel Lebovits

    I love a salad or in the fall something with carbs

  • Devorah

    love this tomato salad recipe with garlic and scallions

  • Rena

    Looks like a great cookbook! I love my teriyaki chicken salad, Simple but so good.

  • Dalya

    My go-to side dish is Potato Kugel – quick, easy, always well received

  • Leah

    Squash kugel

  • shterna

    green beans with sesame seeds &soy sauce

  • Rena

    Roasted veg are always my go to in a pinch!

  • Chaya

    Roasted asparagus with olive oil and sea salt is definitely my go to side dish!

  • Frimchie Fuchs

    breaded cauliflower

  • Chana

    Purple cabbage salad

  • ruchy

    roasted veggies, rice palif

  • Chavie

    almost any vegetable, drizzled with olive oil and kosher salt and roasted at 375

  • Riva Terebelo

    I so want to try this cookbook!

  • http://www.bakedlava.com/ Laurrie Piland

    One of my favorite side dishes is a simple broccoli salad.

  • Rochel S

    Potatoes cooked with spices

  • Shaindy Kaufold

    I would so love to try a new cookbook for side dishes. that’s always the toughest part of my menu planning

  • Marcy

    Roasted root veggies with rosemary.

  • Marcy

    BTW, what do you think is the sauce in the picture? Honey Mustard?

  • Sar

    roasted veggies

  • Meira

    roasted veggies. also, this recipe is such a simple delicious sounding and fancy idea!

  • Rena

    orzo with roasted veggies or salad w strawberries,mango,craisins and candied pecans! this looks great, thanks for the chance!

  • aviva

    My go-to salad is terra chip/turkey salad!

  • elyse

    i love a simple hasselbeck youkon potato with onion soup mix and olive oil. YUm always a hit and simple simple

  • Karen Rees Kiolbassa

    I need new ideas for side dishes. This book sounds awesome. I usually do something simple like steamed veggies or rice.

  • Atara Dubinsky

    citrus salad with poppy seed dressing

  • nina sapir

    spring rolls with dipping sauce

  • chaya

    israeli couscous!

  • Christina

    Ceased salad!

  • Andrea

    Avocado and hearts of palm salad!

  • Pnina Bracha Cohen

    Gosh I have so many goto sides… right now my best one is a quinoa salad with peppers, onions, chickpeas and more! YUMMY!

  • Adeena G

    I love the avocado/tomato/hearts of palm salad!!

  • Sharyn

    Definitely the hearts of palm/tomato/avocado, or a simple Israeli salad.

  • Taylor

    So pretty!

  • Ruchie Hoffman

    Quinoa salad with persian cucmbers and tomatos

  • Chana Pelta Nelson

    That recipe looks delish! Have you made it yet?

  • Daniella

    My go to side dish is challah kugel

  • Aviva Rosenberg

    Apple-walnut salad and popcorn cauliflower are two of my main defaults.

  • Simone

    my go to side roasted veggies with salt pepper and EVOO

  • dvora

    Israeli salad!

  • http://www.happilyhectic.com/ Shaindy

    Broccoli kugel

  • Sarah Rainwater

    Pasta salad of any kind!

  • Ariel

    sweet potatoe pie is my go to side dish!

  • Ami Kantor Feinstein

    I have a great quinoa salad with a tumeric curry dressing. I have the quinoa made before Shabbos and can then quickly throw all the ingredients and dressing together right before the meal.

  • Alison @ Alibabka

    beautiful pic and creative use of kishka!

  • Zc S

    I love making roasted green beans- so easy and yummy!

  • shelley

    Fresh salads, with homemade dressings, of course! 🙂

  • Sina

    Great review Hindy. I especially like that you mentioned that the recipes don’t have many processed ingredients.

  • Rachel

    Would be great to win!

  • Rachel

    Apple kugel is my standby.

  • Ahuva

    potatoes! all different types!

  • http://www.thisamericanbite.com/ This American Bite

    Looks like another awesome title from this pair.

  • http://www.ronniefein.com/ Ronnie Fein

    Everyone needs more recipes for starters and sides, so this is a terrific idea for a cookbook. And I haven’t has kishke is years and years! I remember loving it.

    • Amy Siegel

      As in Hip Kosher Ronnie Fein? Most awesome cookbook! Wish it had pictures though.

  • Kreindy

    Sounds like the perfect cookbook for me.

  • Penina

    Love popcorn cauliflower!

  • Becca

    The one cookbook I really need!!! Love the kishke / zucchini stacks!

  • lea

    looks like a great cookbook!!

  • Amy Siegel

    The kishke towers look really impressive

  • Dina

    I would love to add it to my cookbook collection. Recipe above looks great!

  • http://thekosherfoodies.com/ steph

    these are so pretty—i’m sure they’re delicious, too!

  • LilMissCakes

    I would love to own this cookbook, its a great idea!

  • Sarah Klinkowitz

    I would never have thought to put kishka and zucchini together like that!

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