Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

"What do I eat before a fast," is quite a question to answer.  In the Jewish calendar, there are two long fast days (25 hours without drink or food).  I am now, referring to Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement.  It is a day of prayer and of course, no ingesting.  It should be a difficult day but I never find it so.  By the end, I am completely uplifted.  (As a point of information, there are other shorter fasts.)

I take what we eat and drink before the fast seriously and weigh out all choices.  We need fillers and we need food with little spice so that we are not thirsty.  I came up with a pretty good meal, in my humble opinion, for out family and guests.

My youngest daughter made chicken in a mild duck sauce.  I made the sides and salads and I bought dessert.  (The latter is a secret)  For one of the sides, I made this Scalloped Potatoes and Onions, originally a Taste of Home recipe.  I did make some changes.

Scalloped Potatoes and Onions


  • 5 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion (if you like onions, use at least one whole onion)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup  flour (brown rice or  all purpose)
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth (I use organic from a box.)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Paprika


  1. In a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish, layer potatoes and onion.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add broth, mayonnaise, salt and pepper; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika.
  3. Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours or until tender.  (We were baking at the same time so I had to raise the oven and I am not sure how long it took.  I kept checking until I could dig a fork in and it was soft enough to eat.)  (My daughter made a gluten-free cranberry apple crisp and I made a gluten-free apple cake for my hubby.)

Note: there is no dairy in this but the finished product sure looks like it was made in cream.  I took very few photos of any of the food, I made.  It was just too hectic.  I hope you can, at least, get an idea what it looked like.  It was actually attractive.

 Savory Sundays


  1. Ooh, looks great!

  2. Looks delicious, Chaya! I have a family member who is somewhat Torah observant in their diet--no pork or shellfish, etc. I recently had to make a meal for visitor who was much more strict in their dietary choices, and I have to admit, if I had to cook that way all of the time I would have to rethink many of my standards, as I mix meat and dairy constantly. Any good basic (meaning very simple) Kosher cookbooks you could recommend?

  3. Luks yummlicious Chaya.This is my first time here and enjoy ur recipes on display.Luv ur tasty blog and the delicious recipes here.Following U.

  4. This sounds yummy. Thank you!

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    blowing in the cool air that surrounds You.
    Your crown of golden leaves is jeweled
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    Your long, flowing purple robe stretches across the horizon.
    In Your hands You hold the ripened fruits.
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  5. I love scalloped potatoes - they are my all time favourite comfort food. Your recipe looks and sounds deliciously warming and filling!


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