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Nosher Seder Menus 2014

We know menu planning can be tough, especially at Passover, so each year we like to help make the Passover prep a bit easier by providing some of our favorite dishes.

Check out our three sample seder menus below. Make the whole menu, or pick and choose based on your taste and dietary needs! We know it will be delicious no matter what.

Chag kasher v’sameach and a very happy Passover to all our readers.

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Traditional Seder

Haroset

Marinated cucumber salad

Matzo balls and chicken soup

Passover rolls

Brisket

White wine-braised chicken thighs with tomatoes and potatoes

Mini potato kugels

Flourless chocolate cake

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Vegetarian-ish Seder

Moroccan haroset

Homemade gravlax

Vegetarian chopped liver

Cream of carrot soup with roasted jalapenos

Eggplant casserole

Salat tapuz

Crispy asparagus with minced egg

Sweet potato pie with macaroon crust

 

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Unusual flavors seder

Candied walnut and pomegranate haroset

Cuban matzo ball soup

Tuscan chopped liver

Fennel celery salad

Short ribs with orange and honey

Coconut crusted chicken with plum sauce

Mashed sweet potatoes with shallots

Almond butter & jam mousse trifles

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Posted on April 10, 2014

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Passover Weekday Meals

The seders are over – now what do we eat?!? Leftover matzah ball soup and matzah pizza can only so far, not to mention the belly aches!

So we’ve tried to make it easy for you with a couple of simple, tasty recipes to serve up the rest of this week.

MEAL 1: Lighten up! After an entire weekend full of eating, I can sure use a break from kugel, brisket and other heavy holiday eats. Start the week off with Chicken with Apple Salsa and a refreshing Citrus Avocado Salad.

MEAL 2: No reason a weekday fish dinner has to be complicated or boring – try this Roasted Salmon, Beets and Potatoes with Horseradish Cream and for dessert: Chocolate and Caramel Covered Matzah!

MEAL 3: Chicken Finger night! You will delight kids and adults alike with these updated Coconut Crusted Chicken Fingers which you can serve with a tasty and light Fennel Celery Salad.

MEAL 4: No garlic bread this week to go with this Italian-American classic, but you can still have a nice glass of red wine with some Eggplant Parm and Israeli Salad.

Posted on April 8, 2012

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Passover Recipes: Almond Crusted Veal Chop



Chef David Kolotkin is executive chef of The Prime Grill in New York City. His mother’s delicious home cooked meals and the bonding moments with his father in the kitchen are among his fondest childhood memories. Those years gave him the balance and deep respect for food. Chef David attended The Culinary Institute of America, graduating with the “Most Likely to Succeed” award. He began working for notable restaurants including 21 Club, Butterfield 81, Patroon, and Windows of the World.

Almond Crusted Veal Chop

Ingredients

2 12oz bone in veal chops (ask your butcher for center cuts, or from the loin end)
1 egg, beaten
1 cup finely ground almonds
For the brine:
2 quarts water
½ cup kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 bay leaves
1 bunch fresh thyme
30 black peppercorns
1 star anise
8 cloves

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the brine ingredients in a large pot and bring to simmer on medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Cool the brine by placing in an ice bath.
When the brine is cool, submerge the veal chops in the brine and refrigerate for 5 hours.
Remove the veal chops, pat dry with paper towel. On only 1 side (presentation side), brush with the egg wash, then dredge in the ground almonds. Over medium heat, brown the veal in a large skillet with enough oil to coat the pan, almond side first. When lightly brown, turn over and brown the other side.

Place in a 350 degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes for medium or to your taste.

Posted on April 3, 2012

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Communal Seder Menus from the Nosher

It’s finally here! All week we’ve been showering you with our favorite Passover recipe from our favorite chefs and bloggers. And now we’ve compiled all those recipes to give you menus for both seders. The planning is done! From Charoset to gefilte fish to chocolate truffle pie, we’ve got you covered. And stay tuned, because we have even more recipes coming up next week. Those recipes can be slotted into your seder if any of these aren’t your style, or you can use them to plan what to make during the week of Passover, when the seders are over and you’re just looking to make something tastier and more exciting than matzah with cream cheese.

Enjoy! And Happy Passover!

SEDER 1.0

Sephardi-style Charoset, from Jay Rosen

Mediterranean Gefilte Fish, from Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz, contributor to The Jew and the Carrot, and MyJewishLearning

Tuscan Chopped Liver, from the Nosher’s own Shannon Sarna

Tamar’s Holiday Brisket, from MyJewishLearning food editor, Tamar Fox

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots, from Leah Koenig, author of the Hadassah Everyday Cookbook

Eggplant Casserole, from blogger and actress Mayim Bialik

Fennel Celery Salad from The Sassy Radish

Key Lime Pie from Paula Shoyer, author of The Kosher Baker

 

 

SEDER 2.0

Pomegranate Candied Walnut Charoset, from Shannon Sarna

Chilean Sea Bass “Scallops”, from Chef David Kolotkin, executive chef at The Prime Grill

Strawberry Lemon Granita, from Naomi Sugar at 365 Scoops

Lamb Shank with Pickled Lemons, from Victoria Sutton, New York City pastry chef

Carrot Kugel, from Rivka Friedman at Not Derby Pie

Salat Tapuz, from Rachel Korycan

Parsnip Mash, from Aviva Kanoff, author of the No-Potato Passover

Mayim’s Chocolate Truffle Pie, from blogger and actress Mayim Bialik

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, from Shannon Sarna

 

Sephardi-style Charoset
Mediterranean Gefilte Fish
Tuscan Chopped Liver
Tamar’s Holiday Brisket
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots
Eggplant casserole
Paula Shoyer’s Key Lime Pie

Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries

Posted on March 30, 2012

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Passover Recipes: Eggplant Casserole

Cook:
25 minutes

Yield:
12 servings



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.

Incredible Eggplant Casserole

Ingredients

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!)

Directions

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.

Posted on March 30, 2012

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Passover Recipes: Mini Potato Kugels

Cook:
40 minutes



You may know Mayim Bialik best from her awesome and quirky work as Blossom on the show of the same name. Or you may know her as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. But here at the Nosher we know her as a blogger and writer extraordinaire over at Kveller.com. Mayim has previously written about making fruit faces for her boys when they are sick, and she has given us three of her favorite (vegan!) Passover recipes. These mini-kugels are a fantastic idea–making them in a muffin tin means it’s so easy to know exactly how many portions you have, and leftover from the seder are easy to grab and take for a lunch or snack during the week of Passover.

Mini Potato Kugels

Ingredients

5 medium potatoes, grated
1 large onion, grated
3 Tablespoons olive oil, separated
1 teaspoon paprika
1 Tablespoon potato starch

Directions

Grate the potatoes, and then drain the liquid from them. Saute the grated onion in 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil until soft but not brown. Add paprika. Mix onions into the potatoes and add potato starch and 1 more Tablespoon olive oil.

Push into greased muffin tins, filling each muffin space all the way to the top, and spritz with a little more oil. Bake at 400F for 40 minutes.

Posted on March 29, 2012

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Passover Recipes: Sea Bass “Scallops”



Chef David Kolotkin is executive chef of The Prime Grill in New York City. His mother’s delicious home cooked meals and the bonding moments with his father in the kitchen are among his fondest childhood memories. Those years gave him the balance and deep respect for food. Chef David attended The Culinary Institute of America, graduating with the “Most Likely to Succeed” award. He began working for notable restaurants including 21 Club, Butterfield 81, Patroon, and Windows of the World.

Sea Bass "Scallops"

Ingredients

1 lb Chilean Sea Bass Filet, cut into 1" cubes
1 egg
1/4 cup matzah meal
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 oz chopped black truffles (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions

In a cuisinart with blade attachment, process bass until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and matzo meal. Process until combined.

Using hands, with the bass mixture, form into 16 I oz cakes, to resemble that of a scallop. Season with salt and pepper.

In a non-stick pan on a medium-high flame, add the vegetable oil and sear fish on both sides until brown, approximately 1 1/2 minutes on each side.

Remove the "scallops" from the sauté pan and place on a dry, clean paper towel t blot excess oil.

Put 4 -5 pieces on each plate (3 for an appetizer portion), drizzle with the lemon juice and sprinkle with the chopped black truffles (optional).

Posted on March 28, 2012

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Passover Recipes: Fennel Celery Salad



This is as simple as it gets, but it’s better than the sum of its parts. In fact, given the amount of rich, heavy food we consume during Passover, this salad is a welcome reprieve at the seder table. It cleanses your palate while wetting your appetite for more traditional dishes to come: matzah ball soup, brisket, gefilte fish, potato kugel, or whatever your family traditionally serves. I’ve served this at many a dinner party (and a few seders) and it gets rave reviews every time. If you can’t find Meyer lemons, regular lemons will do just fine.

Olga Massov blogs at The Sassy Radish. She was born in Russia, moved to Boston when she was 11, went to Pittsburgh for college, and lived in DC for one sweltering summer. She jokes that she’s a Russian expat by way of New England with Southern inclinations, but her love of pickles, lobster, and bourbon (though maybe not necessarily together) proves the point.

Now, she lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé, Andrew, a journalist, and a linebacker-sized tabby cat, Forrest Whittaker. After a decade in finance fiddling with spreadsheets while yearning to be a food writer full time, Olga decided to take the plunge. She is now working on co-authoring her first book, The Kimchi Cookbook, which will offer seasonally-driven kimchi recipes, as well as recipes using kimchi in cooking. The book will be published last week of November 2012 by Ten Speed Press..

Ingredients

1 fennel bulb, shaved paper thin

2 celery ribs, shaved paper thin

Juice of 1 Meyer lemon or regular lemon

Extra virgin olive oil

Flaky sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Celery leaves, for garnish

Directions

On a large plate or platter, spread out the fennel slices. Layer the celery slices on top. Drizzle the lemon juice and the olive oil, and sprinkle some flaky sea salt and black pepper on top. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, for 1 to 2 hours before serving. The salad gets better the longer it sits. Serve, garnished with celery leaves.

Posted on March 28, 2012

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Passover Recipes: Chocolate Truffle Pie

Cook:
45 minutes



Mayim calls this recipe “ridiculously rich and decadent” and promises you won’t be able to tell that it’s kosher for Passover and vegan. And if you don’t trust Mayim, who do you trust?

Chocolate Truffle Pie

Ingredients

1/4 cup almond meal - or just finely grind almonds in a processor to 1/4 cup worth!
1/4 cup matzo cake meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 lb plus 1 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (do NOT exceed 61% cacao which I know you all want to!?)
6 Tablespoon plus 1 Tablespoon unsalted pareve margarine
3 large eggs where 1 egg = 2 tbsp water + 1 tbsp oil + 2 tsp baking powder (best cheap egg replacer for pesach ever!)
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon finely grated orange peel
Sliced almonds, lightly toasted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 9" glass pie dish with margarine. Whisk almond meal, matzo cake meal and salt together in a bowl.
Combine 1 lb chocolate and 6 Tablespoon margarine in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-30 sec intervals until smooth, stirring often. Set aside to cool.
Beat "eggs" with sugar and vanilla about 2 min. Beat in orange peel, then chocolate mixture. At low speed, beat in dry ingredients. Transfer to pie dish, place on rimmed baking sheet because it will drip a bit!
Place sheet with pie in oven and bake until cracked on top and tester comes out with most crumbs attached, 45-50 min. Cool to room temp; center will fall, this is NORMAL! Don't freak out.

Combine 1 ounce chopped chocolate and 1 Tablespoon margarine in microwave safe bowl in 15 second increments until glaze is smooth, stirring often. Drizzle over pie! Sprinkle with almonds. CAN BE MADE 1 DAY AHEAD, CHILL UNTIL COLD, TENT WITH FOIL AND CHILL!

I highly recommend with eat this with strawberries tossed with a little sugar (2 Tablespoons per 1 1/4 lbs hulled strawberries works nice). Add 1 teaspoons of orange zest if you're feeling frisky. And you will be after tasting this!!!

Posted on March 26, 2012

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Passover Recipes: Spiced Quinoa with Lamb and Pickled Lemons

Yield:
10-12 portions



The lamb shank (Zeroa) is a crucial component of the seder plate, a reminder of the Korban Pesah (Paschal Lamb) sacrificed when the Israelites left Egypt, and for generations to follow, as long as the Temple was standing. Families gathered the first night of Passover to feast on the sacrifice of roasted lamb. Most Jews place a shank bone on the seder plate, to fulfill the memory of the sacrifice, which itself is forbidden in the absence of a Temple. Many take care to omit all roasted fare from their meal, in the spirit of the prohibition against the Paschal lamb in the Diaspora.

Syrian Jews have a fascinating custom that seems to defy Passover conventions. We start off our Seder meal (Shulhan Arukh) with lamb! In keeping with the interdiction, the lamb must be boiled, and not roasted, as the primary method of cooking, and may not be noted as being eaten in remembrance of the Paschal Lamb (Yalkut Yosef Volume 5: pp. 406- 7).

The traditional recipe, passed down to me by my grandmother, calls for boiling the lamb, then continuing to brown it in the oven. The tender meat is then stripped from the bone, which is reserved for the seder Plate. The delicate lamb morsels, gently warmed and served with lemon and allspice, disappear before the soup makes it to the table! In this recipe, pickled lemons add a kick that cuts through the richness of the lamb, and the addition of quinoa elevates it from an appetizer to a main dish (you can substitute rice for the quinoa if your custom is to eat rice on Passover). If your guests are not quite ready for lamb at the Seder table, this makes a delectable one dish meal for another Passover night!

Spiced Quinoa with Lamb and Pickled Lemons

Ingredients

Lamb Shanks:
2 small lamb shanks, or 1 large lamb shank
several garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt
Black Pepper
Paprika

Quinoa:
3 cups quinoa
6 cups boiling water
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
4 garlic cloves, chopped

Pickled Lemons:
4-5 lemons for pickling plus the juice of 1-2 lemons
Kosher salt for sprinkling (approx. 2-3 Tablespoons)
Canola oil (about 1/3 of a cup, depending on the size of the jar)
Paprika to taste
16oz glass jar with tight-fitting lid

 

Directions

Begin by pickling the lemons a few days before you want to serve the meat. Normally, the pickling process takes several weeks, and once properly preserved, the lemons can be kept in the refrigerator for about a year. To speed things up, cut your lemons into wedges, sprinkle them with Kosher salt,  and freeze them for 3-4 hours. When they are frozen, you are ready to pickle.

Start with a very clean glass jar, with a 16oz capacity (equivalent to 2 cups). If your hands have any cuts, you might want to wear gloves. Begin layering the lemons into the jar, packing the lemons tightly together, and sprinkling some salt and paprika between the layers as you go. Press down firmly on the lemons, then pour enough fresh lemon juice to cover. Fill the remianing space in the jar with oil, and cover tightly. Leave the jaw on your counter for 3-4 days, shaking or turning the jar over every day or two. Once pickled, store in the refrigerator. Rinse off pickled lemons as you use them.

To make the shanks, place the shanks in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about twenty minutes. Occastionally skim the foam and impurities that form at the surface. Once cooked, gently remove shanks from the pot and rinse with cold water. Pat dry, and place in a deep metal pan.
Drizzle the shanks with the olive oil, and season with chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika to taste and rub the oil and spices into the surface of the shanks. Pour about 1 inch of water to cover the bottom of the pan, to prevent the lamb shanks from sticking. Place in the oven at 350F. Cook for about 45 minutes, until nicely browned and tender.
once cooled, de-bone the meat from the shanks. Reserve the shank bone for the seder plate, if using. Tear or cut the meat into bite-sized chunks. The lamb may be frozen at this point, if not using right away.

To make the quinoa, coat the bottom of a large oven-proof casserole with the olive oil. Add the quinoa, water, salt and spices, and stir well. Add the lamb pieces, cover, and bake at 350F for about 1 hour or until quinoa is tender. Serve hot, garnished with the pickled lemons.

Posted on March 26, 2012

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