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How to Make a Traditional Jewish Cholent

Traditional Jews don’t cook during Shabbat, the Sabbath. Not only don’t they cook, but they won’t turn on anything that uses gas or electricity. So in order to prepare food, you have to start something on Friday night and be able to just let it cook slowly. That’s where cholent comes in.

Mayim Bialik, of The Big Bang Theory, and Food Network host Hannah Hart came together to show you how to make this Jewish delicacy. You start it before the Sabbath begins, on Friday, and it’s often enjoyed as a Saturday daytime treat. Most of the ones I’ve had contain meat, but Bialik is vegetarian. So this one has beans, barley, onions, sweet potato, and typical household condiments, cooked in a Crock Pot-esque slow cooker. Joking that it doesn’t look appetizing, Bialik was able to prove to Hart that it actually tastes pretty good.

I agree with their assessment — cholent is delicious. So betei avon (bon appetit in Hebrew).