12 Recipes for a Delicious and Thoughtful Passover

Posted: April 20, 2022 3:26 am

From April 15 to April 23, Passover, also known as Pesach, is celebrated among Jewish people worldwide. It marks the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt, which was celebrated on April 15. The largest event of the holiday is the seder, where readings are read in a specific order.

Throughout Passover’s duration, eating leavened food, including pasta and bread, is prohibited. But, never fear—here are 10+ Passover recipes (that include some favorites and new ideas!) to mark the celebration.

Recipe #1: Vegetarian Matzoh Lasagna

This filling recipe uses leftover matzoh from the seder! Why is matzoh eaten? When the enslaved Jews were leaving Egypt, they did not have time for their bread to rise, so only unleavened products are eaten during this time. The key ingredients in this recipe are cheese, a mix of mushroom, zucchini and spinach, marinara sauce (low-salt and low-sugar works best), and, of course, matzoh crackers.

Recipe #2: Roast Chicken

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Roast meat is a Passover staple, and this herb and butter-coated chicken is no exception. It is juicy and crispy on the inside and herby and garlicky inside. You can serve any leftover pieces on matzo or on salad.

Recipe #3: Matzo Brei (Fried Matzo)

This classic Jewish breakfast is friend eggs and matzo. Add in some salami for more flavor. You can serve it like a frittata with more matzo to egg, cake-style, in a skillet or just with eggs, like in this recipe. The trick is to cooking and cutting the matzo so it turns soft, no crumbly.

Recipe #4: Matzo Ball Soup

Tender and poached matzo balls meet a warm soup filled with carrots and peas. A classic comfort food, it will warm you up on a chilly day. Eggs, vegetable oil, water, matzoh meal, salt and pepper make each matzo ball. Combine it with chicken stock, parsley or dill and vegetables and you have got a hearty favorite that is ready to enjoy.

Recipe #5: Texas-Style Smoked Meat Brisket

Pepper, smoke, brisket and time are all you need to make a salty and juicy brisket. Serve with plenty of veggies on the side, and add some sauce if you feel like taking things up a notch.

Recipe #6: Traditional Apple-Walnut Charoset

Apples, walnut halves, sweet red wine, cinnamon and brown sugar make for a delicious traditional charoset. Toast the walnuts for an added crunch. Or, if you do not like walnuts, try pecans! The apples can be sliced by hand or with a food processor.

Recipe #7: Flourless Chocolate Cake

This gooey cake is decadent and rich, similar to a brownie. Make sure you have the right amount of eggs, butter and chocolate, since most recipes do not feature as much of each. You will need 6 eggs, plus 12 ounces of butter and chocolate. Cool the cake completely before slicing to prevent too much oozing from happening.

Recipe #8: 5-Ingredient Kofta Kebabs

Made with ground beef or lamb, and inspired by many Middle Eastern flavors, these kebabs go well with vegetables or rice. Egg, meat, panko crumbs, cinnamon, basil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, ground pepper and parsley come together to make savory kebabs. Drizzle tahini sauce over the top as well as more fresh parsley.

Recipe #9: Matzo Schnitzel

Love schnitzel and other fried foods? Matzo makes for an extra-crispy breading, and it this also tastes great when dipped in a simple sweet sauce. Homemade duck sauce works wonders, but others work as well.

Recipe #10: Smoked Salmon Platter

Once everyone has some wine to drink, pass along this platter, which features olives, capers, celery, avocado, tomatoes, lemon, dill, red onion and plenty of salmon. Eat everything plain or on top of matzo.

Recipe #11: Classic Red Sangria

Elevate the classic red wine with this sangria. Apples, oranges, allspice and brandy are elevated with the addition of ginger beer and plenty of ice. Keep this flowing since it will be popular, for sure!

Recipe #12: Waffle Iron Latkes

One of our favorite traditional staples just got easier to make. Skip the frying and put the batter into a waffle iron instead. Whether you choose to top your pancakes with sour cream or salmon, or opt for something else entirely, give various toppings a try since you never know what you will like.

Have a wonderful Passover. Spread the word. Did you find this collection of Passover recipes useful? Feel free to bookmark or post to your timeline for reference later!

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