How to put together a last-minute meal for 6 Bochurim

How to put together a last-minute meal for 6 Bochurim

For some reason, Bochurim don’t think about Shabbos until it is practically Shabbos. Whether your husband met some Mir guys at Maariv on Thursday night, or your nephew just let you know that he’s bringing a handful of guys, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered.

Start with a Menu:

If you’re making something big for the main course, like meat or chicken on the bone, you really only need one protein. If it’s something smaller like chicken cutlets or poppers, I’d go with two Fleishig dishes. Match this with three or four sides, and you’re good to go. Also, you want to make sure you have enough food, but there is really no reason to get too complicated. Boys will enjoy pastrami pizza (which takes about an hour to make) and deli roll (which takes about 3 minutes to make) just as much. Minced garlic from the freezer can easily replace freshly chopped cloves. Buy a bag of sweet potato chips for a salad instead of making your own. Keep it simple, easy, and delicious.

To make a deli roll, take one package of defrosted flakey dough, and roll it out. Smear it with duck sauce, honey, and mustard, and layer with any deli. Roll it up, cut some slits in the top, and bake. Prep time is about 3 minutes. Literally.

Next, make sure you choose recipes with the least amount of steps. Chicken on the bone, or a big roast, is filling and a beautiful Shabbosdikke main dish. Both are extremely simple to spice up  (or sauce up) and stick in the oven for hours.

Easy and delicious chicken on the bone:

Spice chicken with all the classic spices – garlic powder, paprika, pepper, and a bit of salt, then drizzle with ketchup, soy sauce, and silan. Bake for 1 hour covered, and 30 minutes uncovered to get a crispy top. This is a delicious recipe that will be a hit every time.


Number 3 meat:

Chop onion and place your meat on top. Coat with salt, pepper, and oil. Add 3/4 can of whole cranberry sauce, honey, minced garlic, (from the freezer!), and some red wine. Cover and bake for 2-3 hours. This recipe is a hit every time, and easy to play around with. Your guests will love it.

Baking in the oven is a great tool for fast cooking. This way you can avoid standing and frying for hours, or puttering around mixing and watching your food. I know there’s nothing like freshly fried schnitzel, but schnitzel dipped in a sauce (instead of egg) can come out pretty good oven-baked as well. (Especially when you use a lot of oil.) Rice comes out just as good or even better when made in the oven, and it’s definitely easier.

Bais Yaakov Cook Book Shnitzel

Coat schnitzel in

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons bbq sauce
  • Garlic powder

Use this instead of a regular egg, and then dip it into crumbs. Bake with lots of oil.

Rice in the oven

  • One cup of rice
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • salt pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Chicken soup mix
  • Teriyaki sauce

This recipe is delicious and very flavorful but feel free to spice it however you like. And of course to double it if you need more.


Instead of adding ingredients to make a kugel or muffin, just roast your veggies as they are for a delicious and nutritious side.

Roasted sweet potatoes:

  • Cut sweet potatoes into cubes.
  • Add a few cloves of garlic.
  • Spice with salt and pepper
  • Montreal steak spice. Yum!


Don’t be shy to buy! Buy challah, dips, or an extra potato kugel to ease the cooking burden. Buy lettuce to make a salad that you can prepare right before the meal. Use tomatoes and cucumbers for Israeli salad, and lettuce with an assortment of veggies (even deli!) for the main course. And of course, buy dessert! Cake, ice cream, or nuts and seeds can always do the trick.

Good luck and Shabbat Shalom!