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Kosher Winter Comfort Food: Delicious Meatballs with Aromatic Mushroom Sauce

Kosher Winter Comfort Food: Delicious Meatballs with Aromatic Mushroom Sauce

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This is one of my favorite one-bowl winter dinners. What could be better than pillowy meatballs, mushroom sauce and fluffy rice? It’s the ultimate comfort food.


The most important thing in this recipe is to use fresh mushrooms for the sauce. They make it flavorful and aromatic, in a way that canned mushrooms cannot.


The other thing to keep in mind is not to overcook the meatballs. After you drop them into the sauce, make sure it’s simmering very gently so the meatballs don’t fall apart.

Another option is to make this as a meat and mushroom sauce. Instead of rolling the mixture into balls, drop the ground meat into the mushroom sauce and stir while it cooks to make sure it doesn’t clump together.

This recipe is also a great alternative for those who are allergic or sensitive to tomatoes and can’t eat the traditional meatballs in tomato sauce.


Mushroom Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2–4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1–2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 cup non-dairy creamer

Mushroom Sauce Directions:

  1. Lightly sauté the mushrooms in oil and salt.
  2. Add the almond milk and bring to a boil. Simmer for half an hour.
  3. Add the non-dairy creamer and soy sauce, and simmer for another few minutes.

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup water or non-dairy milk
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • Pinch of basil
  • Pinch of oregano

Meatball Directions:

  1. Put the breadcrumbs and water (or non-dairy milk) into a small bowl for 10 minutes until soggy. Gently mix the wet breadcrumbs with the rest of the meatball ingredients until just combined.
  2. Roll the meat mixture into evenly sized balls and drop into the gently simmering sauce. Cook covered for 20 minutes, until cooked through. Do not overcook, or cook on too high, or the meatballs will fall apart.
  3. Serve over fresh rice. Garnish with fresh herbs.

What’s your favorite winter comfort food?

Miriam Szokovski is the author of the historical novel Exiled Down Under, and a member of the Chabad.org editorial team. She shares her love of cooking, baking and food photography on Chabad.org’s food blog, Cook It Kosher.
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Toby Weiss Queens, ny October 1, 2017

Pepe's this freeze well Reply

Miriam Szokovski October 3, 2017
in response to Toby Weiss:

Yes, it does. Reply

Miriam Szokovski March 22, 2017

non-dairy creamer Hi Ziva,

Yes, the liquid kind. Reply

Ziva Ruth Blue Ridge Mountains March 19, 2017

Thanks! I'll try this. When you say 1 cup non-dairy creamer, you do mean the liquid kind, right? Reply

Miriam Szokovski December 9, 2016

substitute I'm not a fan of soy milk in cooking (personal taste) so I haven't tried it.

What I do like, and have used in this recipe successfully, is the boxed coconut milk, like "coconut dream". Not the canned variety which is extremely strong in flavor. I find the boxed ones to be very mild and easy to use across the board.

I hope that helps. Reply

deb December 8, 2016

what can i use instead of the almond milk? Reply

Priscilla Gainesville, fl September 8, 2016

Do you happen to know the number of servings and serving size of this meal? Reply

ZSasson Brooklyn February 28, 2016

Hi Miiriam,
These "smell" delicious!
Q: Can I substitute soy milk for the almond milk and creamer?

Zohar Reply

Abigael February 25, 2016

unhealthy? I made this this week and it was delicious! Thank you!

Gersh - I'm curious, which part of this do you consider so unhealthy? Other than the non-dairy creamer, which is easily replaceable, I would consider this a perfectly healthy dinner. Reply

Roberta Norwalk, CT February 25, 2016

Food allergies This looks like a wonderful and delicious meal but I will have to substitute a lot of ingredients to make it Gluten free,low salt, low fat, grain free, low cholesterol but tasty. Reply

Joel Florida USA February 25, 2016

you are making me hungry.. Reply

Gersh Illinois via nschabad.org February 25, 2016

Healthy Food This meal is very unhealthy. Why are so many recipes so ridiculously unhealthy on this site. We can do better. Reply

Krista February 24, 2016

Beef substitute? Miriam, this looks delicious. I have a son with a severe beef allergy and I substitute with poultry I can find, which as you know would have a lower fat content and might make a dry meatball. Do you think they'll fall apart? I guess I could just try and find out, even with my broken meatballs I think this recipe is still a winner. Reply

Miriam Szokovski February 24, 2016

Rich Whip Rich whip non dairy topping is pareve and can be used with meat.
Having said that, I did not intend to recommend any specific brand. That's what I use, but you can use any. Reply

Jehoaddin (Y'hoadana) Papua New Guinea February 24, 2016

I'd love to learn how to cook kosher. Reply

Anonymous Idaho February 23, 2016

Rich Whip non-dairy topping contains caseinate from milk. Should this not be used then in a meat dish? Reply

Rishe Crown hts February 21, 2016

i can vouch for this one! ok i don't want to make anyone jealous, but Miriam has made this for our family for Friday night dinner and it almost didn't make it to the table (that's how delicious it was... we just kept snacking on it; okay, I just kept snacking on it) Reply

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