Cholent is the quintessential hot dish that hundreds of thousands of Jewish families partake in on Shabbat afternoon. Often cooked in a crock pot, but sometimes left on a hot plate or covered flame overnight, this dish (also known as hamin and dafina), has long represented the diversity amongst Jewish Women. This once polarizing dish unites us in recognition of Torah sheba’al peh (oral law) and its permission to eat hot food warmed by a fire (or plug) set before Shabbat. Cholent has become so popular that many Kosher stores and restaurants offer it Thursday night and many families are known to take some cholent out on a long winter Friday night and enjoy some.
What’s in cholent? The recipe varies slightly but it generally includes a cut of meat (though some make it vegan), potatoes, a starch like barely or brown rice and some put in beans. And than, there are all sort of other ingredients that Jewish women around the world have discovered really make their cholents perfect. So we decided to find out what they were.
We asked the women of Jewish Women Talk About Anything what special ingredients they put in their cholent. These were the top 12 answers.
Ketchup was the clear winner at 200 though some Jewish women were appalled at the thought. And a small discussion took place regarding the safety of honey in the cholent being served to babies under a year.
Here are the exact number for each special ingredient
Notable mention should also go to the following categories that got more than 10 votes as well:
- Liquid smoke
- Duck sauce
- Heinz baked beans
- Brown sugar
- Sausage / kilbasah
- Shwarma seasoning
- Chicken soup
- Date Syrup
- Cayenne pepper
Does your special ingredient make the list? What makes your cholent fabulous? Share it in the comments below!