November 23rd, 2003


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I made cholent!

For those of you who don't know, cholent is a thick beef slow-cooked stew. It is traditionally made by observant Jews on Friday late afternoon, and left to finish cooking until Saturday afternoon, when it is eaten for lunch, since cooking on Shabbat is verboten. Most people I know nowadays make it in a crock pot.

For those of you who don't know, I don't cook. Or didn't.

It was hard to find a good recipe, since most people I know who make good cholent also tend to be bad at describing how they do it. ("Oh, my trick is to use more barbecue sauce than most." "Use one can of potatoes, and 3/4 cup of beans...and then the meat.") So I finally pieced one together with my mom, and then made it all by myself! Beef, potatoes, white beans, baked beans, barley, garlic, onions, carrots, honey, barbecue sauce, onion soup mix, salt, water. Cooked for just about 22 hours.

It wasn't as thick as I like it (though I've seen worse--this could at least mostly be eaten with fork instead of spoon), it had too many beans, not enough honey and BBQ sauce flavor (and more salt and some chili powder and pepper wouldn't hurt), needed salt, I've heard that adding beer and/or Coke helps, and I shouldn't have used carrots. But you know what? It was pretty damn good. Especially for a first time.

And if anyone asks, I'll say that my trick is to add more barley than most do.

And I have leftovers, if anyone wants.