8 Spreads to Amp Up Your Yom Kippur Break Fast

September 10, 2013

We're not trying to mess with a good thing.

Because believe us, the traditional meal to break the fast of Yom Kippur -- the bagels piled high with cream cheese and lox, the onions and tomatoes and capers and lemon that accompany them -- is a beautiful thing. It's a necessary thing (no cooking during the day!). And when our heads are buzzing and our hands are trembling and we yearn for the day to end, it's exactly what we want.

But there's no reason you can't make your feast better. And so we're telling you to think a day or two ahead, and to make spreads and condiments for your bagels and lox -- and to justify eating a fourth bagel or a tenth piece of toast. You thought bagels and cream cheese were all you wanted to break the fast? Think again.

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Roasted Tomato Jam by Amanda Hesser

Roasted Tomato Jam from Food52


Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi's Basic Hummus by Genius Recipes

Hummus from Food52


Creamy Homemade Ricotta by Jennifer Perillo

Creamy Homemade Ricotta by Food52


Sardine Butter by cristinasciarra 

Sardine Butter from Food52


Mint-Pistachio Pesto by em-i-lis

Mint-Pistachio Pesto from Food52


Tea with Honey and Lemon Compound Butter by thefood

Compound Butter from Food52


Orange-Fennel Mostarda by Elizabeth Rex

Orange Fennel Mostarda from Food52


Paula Wolfert's Herb Jam with Olives and Lemon by Genius Recipes

Herb Jam from Food52


And if you're feeling even more like an over-achiever...cure your own fish.


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susan G. September 14, 2013
Interesting how 'tradition' evolves, and how it is seen from different vantage points. After 5774 years, is this where it's gone? Well, I'm bringing Barley Bowl ( for the break-fast. I'll have to see who shows up with bagels. Otherwise, I'm with Chef June.
sexyLAMBCHOPx September 13, 2013
My family (NY) is all about the bagels & cream cheese, lox, herring, whitefish & tuna salads
Ellen F. September 13, 2013
What about breaking the fast all-veggie? Check out 15 Yummy Yom Kippur Recipes for a Vegan Break Fast at Vegan American Princess
OOGIAH September 10, 2013
Bagels are a good break fast item!
creamtea September 10, 2013
Here on the Westside of Manhattan, it has become a tradition in many synagogues to break the fast with bagels, lox, and orange juice or tea--it's easy and one might not want to have to wait before eating milk-based foods (ice cream, cake, butter cookies and all the foods I've craved over the fast come to mind).
ChefJune September 10, 2013
Interesting ideas. Have never broken the fast with a bagel, though. Chicken Soup with Kreplach, Lokshen Kugel, not bagels. Bagels is breakfast, and the Yom Kippur fast is broken at dinner!
Heather S. September 11, 2013
We always have bagels! Well, I don't since I'm gluten intolerant but they're always on the table. Yes, even though it's dinner. I have no idea why. Tradition, I'd guess.