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Let's Make Cholent!

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Cholent is a beef stew that that many Jewish families eat for lunch on Shabbat. It cooks overnight for 12 hours or more, meaning no work has to be done to prepare this meal during Shabbat. It's also an easy-to-prepare meal that anyone can enjoy at any time - especially during the cold winter months!


  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 ½-inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1 ½-inch chunks
  • ½ to 1 pound boneless beef short ribs, cut in 1 ½-inch chunks
  • ¾ cup pearl barley
  • ⅓ cup dried kidney beans
  • ⅓ cup dried navy beans
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberry beans
  • 3 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons honey or molasses
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Line the bottom of a slow cooker with the potatoes, the onion, and then the short ribs, sprinkling the meat with pepper to taste.

Scatter the barley and the beans on top, then pour on the broth and the honey or molasses. Sprinkle with the paprika and salt to taste. Add enough water to cover all the ingredients.

Cook on low for 12 to 15 hours, stirring occasionally (except during Shabbat, for those who observe it), adding more water if necessary. The longer the cholent cooks, the better it will be.

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