Are you starting to plan your Passover menus? I know I am, and I also know that every year I look to change up a few dishes. Sure, I like to keep our Seder menus classic with brisket, kugel and chicken soup. But sometimes you just need some inspiration. If you can also relate, then look no further, because we’ve got not one but two beautiful Passover cookbooks chock full of recipe ideas to make for the Seder and for all week.
Chopped liver is a staple on holiday tables during Passover and Rosh Hashanah, as well as served up deliciously at Jewish delis across the country. It is a beloved, old-world dish born out of the desire to use every part of the animal – even the livers. And so its origins are quite humble. Still, the result of the livers with fried onions, oil or schmaltz and either eggs or vegetables is a super rich spread fit for a king. (Also, it’s really quite easy to make!)
“Simple and elegant–my favorite combination,” wrote Ina Garten, author of The Barefoot Contessa, the other day on Instagram. She was describing her approach to table setting, but this combination resonates with me, too, both in terms of aesthetics (I’m not about to spend money on table settings!) and how I cook (well, most of the time). Try as I might, it’s hard to keep this vision in sight when the holidays roll around. As if large gatherings and special diets weren’t tricky enough, there’s kosher for passover rules to mitigate!
Manischewitz and Passover are pretty synonymous: after all, it’s hard to make matzah ball soup without the matzah meal. And this year Manischewitz is all about the kids with a new series of products: matzah pizza kits, s’mores kits and mini matzah kits.
Tiramisu translates to “pick me up.” And this popular Italian dessert sure lifts our mood! Here, we altered the classic by using matzah in place of traditional ladyfingers. The matzah soaks up the cream, chocolate, and rum with mouthwatering results.
Some experts say that food isn’t love, but I disagree. The glorious memories I have of my mother’s chicken fricassee have everything to do with love. This dish of hers was beyond delicious, it showed she cared. We were brought up to believe that the wings were the best, most precious part of the chicken and here was this wonderful meal, basically all chicken wings. It couldn’t get better than that.
Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love affair with horseradish. During my grandmother’s Passover seder, she would serve that jarred gefilte fish that looked vaguely like a wet ball of dryer lint. No chance I was touching that plate of crazy. Instead, I went right for the spicy white horseradish, digging in with a small fork, while everyone else politely tried to nibble on my grandma’s plated fish. And since then I have loved anything with a horseradish tang.
Eggs and potatoes are a staple during Passover for most people, like our super popular Spinach Potato Nests. So for us, coming up with new ways to prepare both of these ingredients is a must. Especially after days of preparing and eating heavy meals.