A little help preparing for this holy holiday
Passover is coming up soon! Don’t get caught off guard!
The Passover meal is a special time in every Jewish household. It is the time of year when loved ones gather around the table to join in a Seder meal that is full of rituals, prayers and delicious Passover recipes.
Commemorating the story of Exodus, this holiday lasts a week long as a way to honor and revere their ancestors, which they do by adhering to dietary restrictions as sign of sacrifice. Of course there is plenty of wine passed around and an abundance of storytelling and overall joy. Who needs leavened bread to have a good time?
Though full of ritualistic tradition, Passover changes every year. The Jewish calendar follows the creationist belief that God made the “evening and the morning” the first day, meaning it cycles with the moon. As lunar cycles change, so does the Jewish calendar.
This year Passover begins on April 3 and ends on April 11
Keeping track of the holidays is hard enough without them jumping all over the calendar! To help you prepare for this holiday, we can help you do everything from creating a delicious Passover meal with great recipes and design tips. Plus we can help you prepare for the next few years by letting you know the dates of Passover for years to come!
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From Passover menus and party ideas to the best Passover dinner and Seder recipes, we’ve got you covered. Find all this and more on The Daily Meal’s Passover Recipes & Menus Page.
Passover Dietary Restrictions
Passover is the most significant Jewish festival celebrated world over to honor the biblical story of Exodus, when Israelis were liberated from the slavery in Egypt and finally the birth of the Jewish nation took place! Every year Passover begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan and continues for 8 days. Passover is followed by a lot of conventions and protocols, one of them being the kind of food permitted during Passover. The festive season of Passover unites family, friends and relatives together for the Seder meal before which the story of the Exodus is narrated through a reading of the 'Haggadah'. Certain dietary restrictions are allied with the exciting festival of Passover. The biggest is associated with the eating of unleavened bread called - 'Matzoh'. Matzoh is derived from the story that Hebrew slaves fled Egypt so swiftly that their bread didn't have time to rise. Thus, Matzoh is consumed by Jews to experience a part of the struggle that their ancestors went through.
Prohibited Foods During Passover
There are certain food items that are strictly prohibited during Passover to respect the sacred festival of Pesach. One of the most important ones is the 'leavened bread' that should be totally avoided. Other restricted food items are those that contain cereals, coffee ''blends'', cakes, crackers, biscuits, dry peas, oats, rye, wheat, millet, corn, lentils, spelt, barley, dry beans, rice and all liquids that contain ingredients or flavors made from grain alcohol or vinegar (except cider vinegar). According to the custom, these grains naturally rise if they are not cooked in 18 minutes and are called "chametz" during Passover. For Ashkenazi Jews, further restrictions are placed on peas, corn, beans or other legumes, because of the fact that their flour closely looks like chametz.
Permitted Foods During Passover
Only those food items that are 'Kosher' for Passover are allowed to be consumed. Kosher food is food prepared in harmony with 'Kashrut' Jewish Dietary Laws. The reason why some foods are considered as non-Kosher is that they contain certain elements that are derived from non-Kosher animals or from Kosher animals that were not adequately slaughtered.
Food Items Requiring No 'Kosher For Passover' Label If Bought Prior To Passover
Uncooked frozen vegetables, pure spices, pepper, butter, milk, pure white sugar, Unopened packages or containers of plain coffee, plain tea bags, frozen fruit juices with no additives, honey, uniodized salt, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh and frozen poultry, kosher meat and fish, uncooked frozen fruit with no additives are a few to name.
Food Items Requiring No 'Kosher For Passover' Label If Bought Before Or During Passover
Eggs, fresh meat and fresh fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as all cleansers, cleansers and scouring powders that are certified as 'kosher' throughout the year!
Food Items Requiring A 'Kosher For Passover' Label If Bought Before Or During Passover
Canned or bottled fruit juices (which are often clarified with legumes), all baked products such as matzoh, matzoh flour, matzoh meal, cakes, farfel, and any products containing matzoh), wine, oils, liquor, candy, dried fruits, ice cream, yogurt, chocolate milk, soda, canned tuna (nevertheless, if it is known that the tuna is packed solely in water, without any extra ingredients or additives, it may be bought without a 'kosher for Passover' label), wine, vinegar, liquor, oils, dried fruits, candy, chocolate milk, ice cream, yogurt, soda to name a few.
Medicines During Passover
If a particular medicine is accredited by the physician, it should be taken during Pesach. If not, it should only be used if a chametz-free version is unavailable. Consult your doctor for more details. In all cases, capsules are preferable than other kind of doses. Chametz -free medication includes Co-Tylenol, Dramamine tablets and elixir, Sudafed, Midol, Sinutab, Ampicillin, Tetracycline, Advil, Contac, Tylenol, Bayer, Bismol, Bufferin, Excedrin, Valium, Pepto, Alka Seltzer, Tums, Dimetapp tablets among many other drugs.
Feeding Pets During Passover
During the year, 'treife' that is non-kosher pet food may be entered into kosher homes, but Jews have to make sure that the pet food is kept away from the kosher food and also the utensils. However, during Passover it is better to avoid chametz products all together even for feeding pets at home. Pets can be fed with non- chametz food such as canned tuna, eggs, table scraps, farfel, etc. It is better to consult the veterinarian for pet diet during Passover.
Over 100 Delicious Passover Recipes
Stumped with Passover menu planning? Here’s your ultimate passover resource: over 100 delicious passover recipes!
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I know, I know. In my last post, I lamented the passover-takeover of the world. And here I am, gearing you all up into full swing for passover. But let’s face it. Whether or not you’re ready, whether or not you want it to happen, whether or not you like it…Pesach is coming.
You’ve all been asking me for Passover recipes, and you know that I’m always here to help! I went through every single recipe on my blog, and picked out all of the recipes that are kosher for pesach. Some needed minor adaptions, which I’ve noted below, but a surprising number of the foods we eat all year long are totally acceptable on pesach too! Once I was it at, I wanted to make sure this was the ultimate passover planning resource, so I gathered some recipes from blogger friends and other sites that look delicious and are kosher for passover as well! Some of these recipes may need minor changes to make them work – feel free to comment here or in my Facebook Group if you need suggestions. Please note that any recipes that aren’t on my site haven’t been tested by me. Check every recipe to make sure the ingredients work for passover, and especially for your customs.
Happy planning, shopping, cleaning and cooking! (Is that even possible?!)
Telling the Passover story
The Passover story takes place in the Book of Exodus in the Torah. It occurs when Moses sees the atrocities against the Israelites, who are enslaved in ancient Egypt, and he pleads with the pharaoh to "let my people go." The pharaoh refuses Moses again and again, and each time, God unleashes a different plague on the Egyptians until finally the pharaoh is convinced to let the Israelites leave. An important part of celebrating Passover is reading the Passover story, whether that's directly from the Torah, a version in a Haggadah, or a children's version of the story. It's crucial to understanding why Passover is being celebrated.
VEGETABLE KUGEL WITH CARMALIZED LEEKS
I love Kugel but it is always filled with sour cream and sugar! It’s amazing but it is SO FATTENING! Here is an amazing, veggie version. It is even better with a dallop of green yogurt on top! This recipe is adapted from “whatjewwannaeat”.
I N GREDIENTS
- 2 large leeks, or 3 small leeks
- ¼ cup vegetable oil, plus more for greasing pan and sautéing. (I use grapeseed oil)
- 1 large russet potato, washed well and peeled
- 1 large sweet potato, washed well and peeled
- 2 medium zucchini, washed well and NOT peeled
- 1 medium white onion
- 3 medium garlic cloves
- 3 large eggs, beaten (you can use a vegan egg substitute)
- 3 tablespoons matzo meal
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. First, slice the light parts of the leeks into rounds and heat up a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and leeks with ¼ teaspoon salt and turn heat to low. Sauté, stirring often until slightly browned and translucent.
- Meanwhile, grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with oil.
- Shred up the remaining vegetables with a hand grater or food processer- potato, sweet potato, zucchini, onion and garlic and remove as much water as you can with paper towels. This is important for a dry kugel! Combine with leeks, eggs, ¼ cup vegetable oil, matzo meal, salt and pepper in a large bowl. If you mixture is wet, add in a little more matzo meal.
- Pour mixture into the casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes until kugel is cooked through and topping is browned.
- Let cool slightly, cut into squares and eat!
- You can even make this ahead and reheat in the oven when ready to serve.
13 Passover Recipes To Serve At Your Seder (And Eat All Week)
Passover is a holiday of history, storytelling, and community—but it’s also one that’s about food. And as any bubbe will tell you, observing the rules of keeping kosher for Passover doesn’t mean you can’t pack on the flavor. Brisket recipes are delicious, easy, and use just a few ingredients. And leaving out the leavened breads doesn’t have to be boring: matzo is an incredibly versatile ingredient. And the best part? You can still enjoy these Passover-friendly dessert recipes through the holiday. Here, our favorite unleavened, grain- and bean-free recipes to make for your Passover seder.
Herbed Lemon Quinoa
Three-Ingredient Passover BrisketThis simple, slow-cooked brisket comes from illustrator Matt Lubchansky’s grandmother, and requires just three ingredients—one of which is an entire bottle of ketchup. Get the recipe for Three-Ingredient Passover Brisket »
Brisket and Potato KugelThis hearty meat and potato casserole is perfect for a nontraditional Passover main. Get the recipe for Brisket and Potato Kugel »
Carrot and Pistachio SaladCarrots are roasted before being topped with crunchy pistachios and a sweet fig vinaigrette in a simple salad from Eli and Max Sussman’s Classic Recipes for Modern People (Olive Press, 2015). Get the recipe for Carrot and Pistachio Salad »
Cream of Parsley Soup with Fresh HorseradishBrilliantly green and vibrantly flavored, this simple parsley soup–garnished with fiery fresh-grated horseradish–is the perfect first course for a Passover seder feast. Get the recipe for Cream of Parsley Soup with Fresh Horseradish »
Roasted Parsnips with Horseradish MayonnaiseHorseradish is a staple of many Passover seder tables. In this dish from cookbook author Leah Koenig, it gets mixed with mayonnaise and fresh rosemary in a piquant dip for roasted parsnips. Get the recipe for Roasted Parsnips with Horseradish Mayonnaise »
Gefilte Fish TerrineTraditional gefilte fish recipes call for fish balls poached in stock, but New York City chefs, authors, and brothers Eli and Max Sussman like to bake their gefilte fish in a loaf pan with a water bath. They also add salmon for a richer, fuller flavor. Adapted from their new cookbook, Classic Recipes for Modern People (Weldon Owen). Featured in: A Gefilte Fishing Expedition Get the recipe for Gefilte Fish Terrine »
Roasted Potatoes with Lavender
Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi Arrostiti)Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi Arrostiti)
Aunt Gillie’s Matzo Ball SoupChicken soup may or may not be a cure-all for physical and psychic ills, but if you add a few matzo balls it definitely becomes a deli classic. This recipe, from Gillie Feuer of Long Island, New York, was a tightly held secret, until we pried it loose. The key? Lots of veggies, and her light and floaty dumplings: “They’re very well behaved,” she told us. “They plump up just like little dolls.” The trick? “Margarine.” But, she warned, “I’m not perfect. You can see my fingerprints on them.” It might just be the fingerprints that make them so good. Get the recipe for Aunt Gillie’s Matzo Ball Soup »
Apricot and Currant ChickenThe apricots and currants used in this dish add just the right amount of sweetness. Get the recipe for Apricot and Currant Chicken »
Scrambled Eggs and Matzo (Matzo Brei)
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Passover Seder 2015: Easy Jewish Holiday Recipes For Brisket, Beitzah, Matzo Balls, Kugel, Gefilte Fish, Roast Chicken, Lamb Shanks And More
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man dips cooking utensils in boiling water to remove remains of leaven in preparation for the Jewish holiday of Passover, near Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood April 11, 2014. Passover, which starts Friday, commemorates the flight of Jews from ancient Egypt, as described in the Exodus chapter of the Bible. According to the account, the Jews did not have time to prepare leavened bread before fleeing to the promised land. Photo: Reuters
Families across the globe will gather Friday to hold the traditional seder meal symbolizing new beginnings and the bitterness of slavery to mark the Jewish holiday of Passover. Traditional meals include brisket, beitzah, matzo balls, kugel, gefilte fish, roast chicken, lamb shanks and more. Many dishes carry a special meaning. A hard-boiled egg, or beitzah, recalls the sacrifice made at the Holy Temple. Unleavened bread, or matzo, symbolizes the Jews’ rush to leave Egypt. Below are simple tips and eight easy recipes to enjoy Passover 2015.
Martha Stewart Pot-Roasted Brisket: Garlic, onions and carrots give this dish an earthy flavor. Discard the top fatty layer and slice the roasted brisket across the grain. Find the recipe here.
Ina Garten Matzo Ball Soup: Use an ice cream scoop to form matzo balls that look like golf balls. Drop them into hot chicken stock and cook for roughly 30 minutes. This recipe takes nearly an hour to make.
Serious Eats Potato Kugel: Use Russet potatoes for a fluffier kugel. Serve hot or warm. This recipe can be made ahead of time.
Joan Nathan's Gefilte Fish Pate: Combine whitefish, onions, eggs, water, matzo meal, salt, pepper and sugar. Serve with horseradish. Recipe here.
Food And Wine's Lemon Roasted Chicken: Rosemary and thyme combine to create a tasty and easy recipe.
Lamb Shanks: Use date molasses, pomegranate juice and orange juice in the braising liquid for a Middle Eastern-fusion flavor that will leave the lamb almost falling off the bone. This recipe makes our mouths water.
Beitzah: Eggs exposed to hot water, then cold, then hot cook to a uniform doneness and are easier to peel.
Learn how to properly boil an egg here.
Salmon Crepes: Mix cream cheese and horseradish together for the crepe filling. Top each one with as much smoked salmon as you want. Garnish with fresh dill. Learn how to make crepes here.
Coconut Macaroons: Chewy coconut and chopped almonds add a satisfying crunch to this traditional Passover dessert. This recipe is full of fiber.
17 Passover Recipes
Passover is sneaking up on us this year, and what’s even more startling is that this is our second Pandemic Passover – it’s mind churning to enter year two of anything right now, after a year that for me went by more simultaneously quickly and slowly than any year in my lifetime.
Perhaps this year you are able to gather in a safe small group, whereas last year the world was feeling just haywire. Perhaps you are still hunkering down with your immediate family, and making the most of an important day in the Jewish calendar. Either way, there’s dinner to plan and prepare, and I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid in terms of wanting to make everything holiday feel special, no matter how small the group, pandemic be damned.
17 Passover Recipes: However you are celebrating this year, here are lots of holiday-perfect recipes, from brisket to charoset to chocolate covered matzoh.Tweet This
If you are a Kosher household, or keeping Kosher for the holidays than you should be sure to check your menu as you pull it together to make sure it follow the laws of Kashrut (no mixing of meat and dairy, no leavened bread or fermented grain products If you are just looking to create a menu that feels festive and Passover-ish in nature, then perhaps your menu won’t be strictly Kosher, but it will feel like the holidays nonetheless. Bitter herbs are eaten at Passover to symbolize the hardship of enslaved Israelites in Egypt. This salad from Martha Rose Shulman combines colorful radicchio, endives and arugula with a mixture of fresh parsley, dill and mint. A food processor fitted with a grating plate makes quick work of this adapted recipe that came to Francis Lam by way of Itta Werdiger Roth and the cookbook “Spice and Spirit.” For Passover, use matzo meal in place of flour to make this dish kosher. It is “simple and perfect,” wrote one commenter. “My daughter asked if we could have this every night.” It is no coincidence that Passover arrives right on the cusp of spring. The joyous holiday, which is alternately called chag haɺviv ("spring festival" in Hebrew) is a celebration of the fresh, the hopeful, and the new. This year, let your seder menu embrace the season in all of its riotous glory by packing it with vibrant, leafy vegetables and bright, briny flavor. Don't worry—you don't have to give up time-honored classics like matzo ball soup or kugel. Just a few tweaks and a heap of gleaming produce will have you seeing (and celebrating) green. One of the items on the seder plate, "karpas," usually represented by parsley, is Passover's most blatant nod to springtime. Bring this seder ritual to the meal by offering a simple appetizer of crisp radishes dipped in fruity olive oil and a lemon-herb sea salt. People tend to get a little protective of matzo ball soup. Too many changes, and it just doesn't taste like Passover. Stick with a classic, brothy version that comes packed with extra touches: soft, sweet fennel, ribbons of kale, and matzo balls dressed up with tons of dill.
Celebrate Passover with This Super-Green, Gorgeous Menu
If you are just looking to create a menu that feels festive and Passover-ish in nature, then perhaps your menu won’t be strictly Kosher, but it will feel like the holidays nonetheless.
Bitter herbs are eaten at Passover to symbolize the hardship of enslaved Israelites in Egypt. This salad from Martha Rose Shulman combines colorful radicchio, endives and arugula with a mixture of fresh parsley, dill and mint.
A food processor fitted with a grating plate makes quick work of this adapted recipe that came to Francis Lam by way of Itta Werdiger Roth and the cookbook “Spice and Spirit.” For Passover, use matzo meal in place of flour to make this dish kosher. It is “simple and perfect,” wrote one commenter. “My daughter asked if we could have this every night.”
It is no coincidence that Passover arrives right on the cusp of spring. The joyous holiday, which is alternately called chag haɺviv ("spring festival" in Hebrew) is a celebration of the fresh, the hopeful, and the new. This year, let your seder menu embrace the season in all of its riotous glory by packing it with vibrant, leafy vegetables and bright, briny flavor. Don't worry—you don't have to give up time-honored classics like matzo ball soup or kugel. Just a few tweaks and a heap of gleaming produce will have you seeing (and celebrating) green.
One of the items on the seder plate, "karpas," usually represented by parsley, is Passover's most blatant nod to springtime. Bring this seder ritual to the meal by offering a simple appetizer of crisp radishes dipped in fruity olive oil and a lemon-herb sea salt.
People tend to get a little protective of matzo ball soup. Too many changes, and it just doesn't taste like Passover. Stick with a classic, brothy version that comes packed with extra touches: soft, sweet fennel, ribbons of kale, and matzo balls dressed up with tons of dill.