Aviva Kanoff is an artiste extraordinaire. She paints, teaches a mixed media art class, and dabbles in photography. Her creative approach to life led her to artistic experimentation with food, and after years of creating her own recipes and working as a personal chef, she wrote The No-Potato Passover, an expression of her intuitive understanding of flavors, aromas, and colors.
For the chicken:
1 lb chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts, sliced into long, 1″ thick strips
1/2 cup matzo cake meal
1 1/2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
6 Tablespoon canola oil
For the dipping sauce:
5 ripe plums, diced
3 Tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
For the chicken:
Beat eggs in a bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine cake meal and shredded coconut. Dip chicken in egg mixture and then cover in coconut crumbs.
Fry chicken in oil, 3 minutes on each side (depending on thickness of chicken) until golden brown. Serve with plum dipping sauce.
For the plum sauce:
In a small sauce pan combine plums, lime juice and sugar. Bring to a boil.
Once the mixture has come to a boil continue to cook for 10- 15 minutes until plums become soft. Allow to cool and add cardamon and cinnamon.
Serve plum sauce at room temperature.
My philosophy on cooking for Passover is to avoid the fake stuff and go au natural. The more straight proteins, fruits and vegetables you can incorporate, the less Passover-y the food will taste!
This is a great dish to prepare when you are already chopping apples for your charoset. Chop some extras, squeeze a lime over them so they won’t brown while you’re doing everything else, and you can come back and add the rest of the ingredients later. The apple salsa is great over just about anything: fish, steak, chicken, over some spinach as part of a salad; you cannot go wrong!
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Makes enough for 2 lbs thin cut chicken breast
1 ½ cups apple juice
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 Granny Smith Apples, finely diced
½ cup onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, finely diced
Juice of 2 small limes
¼ cup apple juice
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ cup chopped cilantro (substitute basil or parsley if you don’t love cilantro)
For the chicken:
Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag. Add chicken breast, seal and mix. Refrigerate for 2-6 hours.
Heat a grill pan or frying pan. Spray with olive oil. Cook the chicken for 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Serve with apple salsa.
For the apple salsa:
Combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate for half an hour so the flavors meld.
This is another recipe from our favorite vegan, Mayim Bialik. Mayim claims she’s not usually an eggplant girl, but that this dish tastes incredible.
1 large onion
3 Tablespoons oil
1 medium eggplant, peeled and then cut into cubes
1/4 cup diced green pepper
11 oz tomato-mushroom sauce (or any jarred Kosher for Passover sauce you want)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups matzah farfel (don't cringe, just wait!)
Saute onions in oil until tender. Combine onions, eggplant, green pepper, tomato-mushroom sauce, and seasoning. Cook, covered, for 15 min or until eggplant is tender. Stir in tomatoes. Alternately layer vegetable mixture and farfel, beginning and ending with the vegetable mixture in a 2 quart baking dish (I use the 9 x 13 size).
Bake at 350 uncovered for 25 min.
Paula Shoyer is the author of The Kosher Baker: 160 dairy-free desserts from traditional to trendy (Brandeis 2010). Paula is a pastry chef who owns and operates the Paula’s Parisian Pastries Cooking School out of Chevy Chase, Maryland. She teaches scheduled and custom-designed classes in French pastry and Jewish cooking in the Washington, D.C. area, and all around the country. Appearances include Food Network’s Sweet Genius, WGN’s Lunchbreak, WUSA9 Washington, San Diego Living, NBC Washington News 4 at 4 and Martha Stewart Morning Living on XM Sirius. Paula believes that everyone deserves a delicious dessert no matter what special diet they are on. She develops dessert recipes that are dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. Paula’s website is www.paulaspastry.com where you can find both sweet and savory recipes and blogs at www.kosherbaker.blogspot.com where she shares stories of her travels and events and new recipes.
4 ounces shelled whole almonds
4 ounces shelled whole hazelnuts
3 Tablespoons parve margarine
2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
5 large eggs plus 3 yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
¼ cup lime zest (about 3 regular limes)
½ cup fresh lime juice (the three zested limes plus 1-2 more limes)
1/2 cup (1 stick) parve margarine
1 drop green food coloring (optional)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 large egg whites
Preheat the oven to 325ºF. To make the crust, cover a jelly roll pan with parchment. Place the almonds in one layer on one side and the hazelnuts in one layer on the other side. Toast for 20 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through, but keeping the two nuts separate. Let cool for 10 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 350ºF.
Place the three tablespoons of margarine into a covered medium microwave-safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds, or until melted. Add the brown sugar. Place the almonds into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and grind until nuts are in very small pieces, but not powdered. Place into the bowl with the margarine and sugar. Lift up handfuls of the hazelnuts and rub between your hands to remove as much of the skin as possible. Place the nuts into the processor bowl and process into very small pieces. Add to the bowl. Use your fingers to mix until combined. Place this mixture into an 8- or 9-inch pie pan and press to cover the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides. To make a nice rim, use your thumb to press into the sides of the pan, while a finger on your other hand presses down on the top of the rim. Continue all around the pan until you have a little crust rim. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Leave the oven on.
To make the lime filling, place the eggs, yolks, and sugar in a heatproof bowl and set over a medium saucepan with simmering water (or use a double-boiler). Stir to combine. Add the lime zest and juice and stir into the egg and sugar mixture. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a thick mixture is formed. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the margarine in tablespoons until the cream is smooth. Add the green food coloring, if using, and stir.
Pour the cream into the prepared crust. Place the pie pan on a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes, or until the outside edges of the cream are set. Let cool and then place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
To make the meringue, in a small heavy saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue to cook the sugar until it reaches 230ºF (use a candy thermometer to check the temperature). While the sugar is cooking, in a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff. When the sugar is ready, turn the mixer speed to low and then slowly pour the cooked sugar into the bowl, down the side of the bowl, not directly onto the wire whisk. When all of the sugar has been poured in, turn the mixer up to medium-high and beat for 1 minute until the meringue is thick and shiny.
You can add the meringue to the pie in several ways. You can use a spoon to dump clumps of meringue on top and spread, or use a pastry bag to pipe out designs of meringue. If desired, use a blowtorch to lightly brown the meringue or place it in a 450ºF oven for a few minutes, watching the entire time, until the top browns. Store in the refrigerator until serving and for up to five days.
One of my favorite recent Passover recipes is an Italian style liver spread, instead of traditional chopped liver. This recipe is…unctuous. Rich, sweet, flavorful, and will blow your traditional mom’s (or bubbe’s) chunky liver out of the water. This recipe is NOT for those who are looking for a healthy alternative. This recipe is best for people looking for an indulgent dish, because yes, it has fat in it.
Traditional Tuscan style liver spread calls for a special wine made in the region called Vin Santo, which of course is difficult (though not impossible) to find kosher. So instead of using the elusive sweet Vin Santo wine, I recommend using a sweet red wine, or even dare I say it.
Ok, I’ll whisper: Manischewitz.
I like to broil my own livers, but there is no reason you can’t use already broiled livers from the butcher.
1 lb chicken livers (raw or already broiled)
1 Tablespoon chopped thyme leaves
3/4 cup sliced button or bella mushrooms
1 Tablespoon capers, minced
1 Tablespoon minced anchovies or anchovy paste
1 1/2 cups sweet red wine
chicken or duck fat
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
If livers are not already broiled, spread out the raw livers on a roasting pan and broil in an oven until they are just no longer pink inside.
In a skillet on medium, heat a few Tablespoons of olive oil, and add 1 teaspoon of chicken or duck fat. Saute the mushrooms in oil until soft and caramelized. Add capers, thyme and anchovies and saute for another minute or two, so the flavors have the chance to marry.
Add the sweet red wine, scraping any “good bits” on the bottom of the pan. Let the mixture reduce for 2 minutes, and then add the livers to the mixture. Allow the livers to cook in the wine and mushroom mixture for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce has a reduced to half and livers are fully coated.
Allow the livers and sauce to cool for a few minutes, and then add to a food processor along with 1-2 Tbsp of chicken or duck fat. Mix until desired consistently. Fold in lemon zest at the end.
Serve with matzah or tam tams during Passover.
Too many people are stuck in a rut when it comes to gefilte fish. Take it out of the jar, add a dollop of horseradish and carrot. But this recipe from frequent MJL contributor and cook extraordinaire Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz shakes up the classic, offering something that will surprise and delight everyone at your seder.
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 large can of crushed tomatoes (800 grams)
1/2 cup dates (diced)
½ cup raisins
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons cumin
a pinch red pepper flakes
a pinch sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 quart water
gefilte fish, either frozen roll or jarred
Saute onions in oil over medium high heat until translucent.
Turn the heat down to medium and add the carrots. After the carrots have softened a bit, add the spices, the can of tomatoes, the dried fruit and the water. Raise the temperature and bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer.
For Frozen Gefilte Fish
Add frozen fish loaf according to the instructions on their package which will likely be something like the following.
Return to boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cook for 90 minutes covered. Refrigerate. Remove paper, slice and serve at room temperature.
For Jarred Gefilte Fish
After simmering the tomato stock for about an hour follow this recipe.
(This is cheating for those of us who don’t have easy access to frozen gefilte fish.)
Open the jar and place the gefiltes in the tomato sauce for about a minute. Serve at room temperature.
Sometimes you need a break from all the heavy meat and kugels that are typical during Passover. This salad is a refreshing treat and can either be served as part of your Seder menu or during the week alongside a piece of grilled chicken or fish. Enjoy!
Rachel Korycan lives in Washington, D.C. and is a Development Coordinator at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
1 package of arugula or lettuce of your choice
4 blood or navel oranges, chilled, peeled, excess pith removed, and sliced crosswise
1 small thinly sliced red onions
2 peeled, pitted and sliced avocados
For the dressing:
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-3 Tablespoons honey or sugar
1 Tablespoon orange blossom water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped fresh spearmint
1/4 cup olive oil
To make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine the juices, zest, salt, cinnamon, honey, orange blossom water and spearmint. Slowly whisk in the oil.
To make the salad: Arrange the greens on chilled individual serving plates or on a chilled platter. Divide the orange slices, red onions and avocados among the serving plates, or arrange in overlapping sections on the platter. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.
Our family has served two kinds of charoset for the past decade — while nothing can take the place of my aunt’s Eastern European charoset, with apples and walnuts cut in the same wooden bowl with a mezzeluna and put in the same green-tinted glass jar with cinnamon and Manischewitz to marinade overnight — the Sefardi/Mizrahi charoset has made a place for itself.
Charoset, regardless of ethnicity, is made of layers of flavor and constant taste-testing. Not such a bad plan during your potentially hectic holiday prep.
1 cup dried figs
1 cup raisins
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1 cup almonds
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon allspice
2-3 Tablespoons pomegranate juice
Put the figs, raisins, dates and almonds into a food processor. Let it pulse until you have a thick and sticky paste.
Using a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the food process and transfer contents to a large bowl.
In a small bowl mix the pomegranate juice and spices together and pour over fruit-nut mixture. Begin mixing everything together with your hands. If the mixture is too dry, add more pomegranate juice.
Pinch of a piece of the mixture and roll into a ball, the size of 1-1.5 bites. Keep a bowl of tepid water on hand, as your hands will get covered.
There are many different varieties of Charoset – from Bubbe’s traditional apple and Manishewitz to various Sephardi styles with dates and other dried fruit. I know each family has their own recipe, but I think its nice to change things up every now and then during the holidays.
The first time I made Seder for my family, I tried this recipe and adapted it over time to the recipe below. If you don’t want to make your own candied walnuts, go ahead and buy them! Fairway, Trader Joes and other major supermarkets will carry candied walnuts or pecans which you can certainly substitute.
4 gala apples, peeled and diced
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup Manischewitz
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (optional)
1 cup walnut halves
4 cups vegetable oil
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl.
In a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil to 350°F. Fry walnuts until golden brown, about 30 seconds, being careful not to burn. Using a slotted spoon, transfer walnuts from skillet to bowl containing sugar mixture. Toss walnuts in sugar, then spread on baking sheet. Cool 15 minutes, then chop roughly.
Combine nuts, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, apples, pomegranate seeds, zest, wine and pomegranate juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
1 lb of parsnips
1 large onion, diced
6 button mushrooms, diced
5 Tablespoon canola oil
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
Bring large pot of water to boil, and cook the parsnips until soft and tender. Drain and set aside.
In a skillet, saute the onions and mushrooms in canola oil until brown.
In a mixing bowl, mash the parsnips and add butter or margarine, mushroom and onions.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.