The Grain Bowl
BY: Sara Liberow
Cooking with @THYMELYEATS
This grain bowl chart below is the way to be the hero this Purim. When you’ve got a busy day running around town, eating lots of sweets, socializing and drinking (all in an itchy pink wig from the dollar store), here is the food everyone wishes they could be eating. Something hearty, filling, savory, and flavor packed. Whenever I gift something savory on Purim, I always get the most enthusiastic feedback, my friends dig right in before I even leave.
A good grain bowl is simply a fantastic combination of a few elements. Pick a theme and build your bowl. You can totally mix and match the elements, just be sure to season them in theme.
You can use this formula below to make a giant grain bowl or bar for your Purim seudah, or pile the colors into a glass jar or container and tie it with a beautiful ribbon for a gorgeous and hearty mishloach manos.
Amba Tahini Dressing
Balsamic Dijon Dressing
More joyous applications:
For your Seudah to Stay
Make-Your-Own Grain Bowl Bar
I love these Bento style bowls from Cb2– they line up perfectly and look so sleek.
Putting the dressing in a creamer jar like this one from Williams Sonoma just elevates the entire experience.
Using labels can get your guests excited about building their bowls, especially labeling things that aren’t necessarily obvious like, “crunchy chickpeas,” “chili roasted sweet potatoes,” or “shawarma cauliflower.” These mini chalkboard table tent signs from Amazon are lovely.
A Giant Pile of Grain Bowl
This serving platter from Target, and this one (right) from Crate and Barrel, have nice deep edges that work well for piling high. Palace the grains on the bottom layer, and then display all the colors and textures in sections on top of the grains.
For your Mishloach Manos to Go
These are all options that range from cheaper disposable, to a little more elevated and reusable. You can put the dressing in first, then the grains, vegetables, protein etc. I would pack the crunch in a separate container to prevent sogging, and wrap a bamboo fork so that your friends can get right into digging.