Passover is an eight-day Jewish holiday, and food is a big part of it. It’s also at this time of year that the Passover Sedar is celebrated, a feast that includes both foods and religious rituals.
While certain foods and ingredients are restricted during Passover, there are still a wide variety of foods that can be served and enjoyed during the holiday. If you’re planning a Sedar or looking for some new recipes throughout the week of Passover, you might want to try one of these that follow the basic guidelines for Passover but might not be particularly traditional.
Breakfast/Brunch Passover Recipes
Spinach Gratin – Gluten-free and vegetarian, this dish can be made for breakfast or even as a snack. Baby spinach, onions, eggs, and cheeses create a casserole that can be made ahead of time and frozen, then thawed overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
Almond Pear-Blueberry Cake – This cake would make a nice treat in the morning with a cup of coffee. It’s made with matzo cake meal and almond flour instead of wheat flour, and uses fresh fruit, and crystalized ginger (plus a little brandy).
Passover Side Dish Recipes
Passover Beet Horseradish – Looking for a side dish that goes perfectly with gefilte or other fish during the holiday? This does the trick, and it has the most beautiful color that will wow the guests at your table. It can be served on “matzo when one is meant to taste the bitterness of slavery.”
Skinny Potato Skins – Kosher for Passover and diet friendly, these scooped out red potatoes are filled with mushrooms, peppers, and Pico De Gallo for a flavorful, nutritional side dish.
Passover Dinner Recipes
Passover Sweet Potato Gnocchi – Generally, pasta isn’t eaten during Passover. If you’d like something pasta-like during Passover, these sweet gnocchi with a sage butter sauce will do the trick.
Rosemary Rib Roast – Garlic, rosemary and grape tomatoes adorn a rib roast that’s cooked in the oven and is a change of pace from the traditional brisket that many serve at Passover.
Passover Matzo Lasagna – Matzo replaces the lasagna noodles in this otherwise simple, traditional lasagna.
Passover Zucchini Stuffed Chicken – Skinned, boned chicken breasts are stuffed with a mixture of zucchini, matzo farfel, eggs and various herbs and spices. They get baked in the oven and come out golden and moist.
Passover Dessert Recipes
Passover Chocolate Rolled Angel Cake – Filled with a marshmallow cream and a raspberry center, this gluten-free chocolate cake roll looks like something you’ll want to eat year-round, not just during Passover.
Tiramisu – This is definitely not a traditional Passover dessert because the ladyfingers or cake used in most traditional tiramisu contain flour. This recipe has directions to make Kosher Ladyfingers that are made with matzo cake meal. Substitute those for the traditional ladyfingers in the recipe, and you’ve got a Passover-worthy treat.
Passover (Pesach) Brownies – After years of experimenting with brownies made with matzo, one home cook came up with this recipe that she says is the best. Reviewers recommend under baking them to make them fudgy.
Bonus Passover Beverage Recipe
Blackberry Basil Manischewitz Mojitos – The Passover Friday night cocktail, this drink uses sweet Manischewitz, rum, fresh blackberries, fresh lime, and muddles them all together with fresh basil.
If you’re celebrating Passover this year, what will be on your table that’s a little untraditional? Share your Passover recipes with us in the comments below.