by Sara Levine in Holidays, Recipes, April 6th, 2017
by Jackie Alpers in Holidays, Recipes, April 22nd, 2016
If you’re keeping kosher for Passover, the fun doesn’t end after you’ve stuffed yourself with matzo ball soup and brisket at Seder dinner. You’ve got to get creative to come up with eight days’ worth of meals free of chametz – “leavened” foods like bread, pasta and grains that are forbidden on Passover. Fortunately, you’ve likely stocked up on matzo, so put it to good use in these outside-the-box, super-easy ideas that will get you through the week.
Even if you’re not observing, these are great ways to use that box of matzo you picked up at the grocery store. Otherwise, you might finish it all simply slathered with butter – that’s also delicious, and we won’t judge. Read more
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, April 21st, 2016
Have you grown a little weary of the standard Passover fare? Sure, matzo pizza and PB&J make great after-school snacks when you’re 12 (and we love them still), but perhaps you’re looking to expand your options a bit. Here are some delicious new ways to incorporate more matzo into your life. All of these ideas are vegetarian to help keep them kosher for Passover, but feel free to add meat if you want.
If it’s square, is it still a tostada? Of course! We topped these with refried pinto beans, scallions, shredded cabbage, romaine, red onion, radishes and soft, crumbly Mexican cheese, plus pico de gallo salsa.
by Cameron Curtis in Holidays, April 2nd, 2015
For those celebrating Passover, the day before is spent in preparation. Kitchens are scrubbed clean, seder tables are set, matzo is purchased in bulk and food preparations are well underway. Though nothing can beat your bubbe’s matzo ball soup or flourless chocolate cake, these inventive and creative Passover-friendly sweet treats are here to punch up your holiday dessert spread.
When life gives you unleavened bread, make cake! But not just any cake. Layer together a super-fun No-Bake Matzo Stack Cake with whipped cream, chopped nuts and, of course, crunchy matzo.
by Sara Levine in Holidays, Recipes, April 1st, 2015
The eight-day festival of Passover commemorates the freeing of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The highlight of Passover is the Seder, which is observed on each of the first two nights of the holiday. In honor of the unleavened bread that the Israelites ate when they left Egypt, leavened grain (including bread, cake, cookies, cereal, pasta) is not allowed at Seder. Instead, matzo (a crisp, unleavened bread) is eaten, along with other traditional Jewish foods.
Eli Zabar is New York City’s iconic and pioneering grocer and caterer, with markets, cafes and restaurants on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Namesake company owner Eli and his team cater more than 500 Passover Seders in New York City. And yet the father of two still finds time to host the family’s Seder at home. “The Zabar family has divided up all the holidays: One gets Hanukkah, one gets Thanksgiving and so on. We like hosting Passover, since it’s a lively, happy time. My whole family shows up! We’re going to be about 35 this year. One of the things that’s happened over the years is that these little kids who didn’t take up any seats and used to spend their time playing or looking for the afikoman are now young adults in need of seats and we’re trying to figure out how to fit more people in.” His Seder uses everything that is featured in his store, and he makes sure to include his favorite dishes, plus a chocolate-covered matzo sweet treat (recipe below).
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, April 16th, 2014
Sorry, Francophiles, but in the macaron vs. macaroon debate, I must admit that I prefer the two-O variety. We’re talking the dense coconut kind that will be served at Passover Seders across the country this Friday night. The delicate, jewel-boxed French sandwich cookies (one O) are pretty and all, but for me, the rugged, toasty coconut ones are the stuff of nostalgia. Inexplicably, my grandmother, who was an excellent baker, used to serve the bite-sized macaroons that came in Manischewitz cans. Who knows how many years they’d been in her pantry, but I loved them.
Today, there are few cookies I love more than a well-made macaroon, so it’s just a plus that they’re a Passover-friendly dessert. I devoured an amazing one recently at RareSweets, a charming bakery that opened in Washington, D.C., last fall. Caramelized and crunchy on the outside, moist and chewy within and not too sweet, it was exactly what I want in a macaroon, or any cookie, for that matter. Lucky for us, the bakery’s pastry chef and owner, Meredith Tomason, shared the recipe with FN Dish. She incorporates many family recipes into her menu, and says this one was a staple at various holidays throughout the years.
by Sara Levine in Recipes, View All Posts, April 12th, 2014
Last night marked the last of this year’s Passover Seders. If you’re celebrating, that means your first shards of matzo and bowls of matzo ball soup are behind you. But what happens between now and the big break on the eighth day? Zapping matzo pizza in the microwave may hold you over for the first couple days, but it won’t be long before you start craving something more. This year, load up on spring veggies and hearty proteins for dynamic, satisfying meals that leave nothing to miss. That way, you can make it till the end without a carb-craving meltdown — or a matzo-induced belly ache. Read more
by Marisa McClellan in Holidays, Recipes, April 11th, 2014
Aside from the old reliables — always-addictive chocolate matzo brittle, from-scratch coconut macaroons and flourless chocolate cake — Passover desserts are usually forgettable. Attempts at kosher-for-Passover versions of cookies and brownies never turn out very well, and those sugared jelly candies always make an appearance but remain untouched on the Seder dessert spread. Fortunately, we rounded up five decadent new desserts that are worth making whether you’re observing Passover or not.
Lemon-Coconut Matzo Jelly Roll
This flour-free, non-dairy dessert will make an impressive showing when sliced on the post-Seder dessert table. Read more
by Marisa McClellan in Entertaining, Holidays, March 22nd, 2013
When I was growing up, Passover wasn’t a holiday we celebrated with any regularity. My mom was Jewish, but she had grown up in a very secular branch of the family. Occasionally we would attend a Seder at our Unitarian church (they were very into the world religions back in the 1980s), but it was not an annual thing.
Once I moved to Philadelphia, however, I found myself surrounded by family that, while still pretty New Age and multicultural, was far more observant when it came to the Jewish holidays.
And so Passover has become a staple holiday on my yearly calendar, second only to Thanksgiving in terms of eating. The meal is coordinated by my mom’s first cousin Amy, and she distributes dish assignments at least a month prior to the meal (so that people can practice and get things just right).
by Sarah De Heer in Holidays, March 21st, 2013
My cousin Amy starts planning for Passover in January. The save-the-date email comes first, with the time and location in bold (though they’re the same every year). A few weeks later, dinner assignments follow. Later there are email reminders and carpool arrangements.
It used to be that I willingly accepted whatever meal assignment was handed to me. In recent years, however, I’ve gotten more strategic. As soon as the first Seder planning email goes out, I reply with an offer of what I’d like to bring. This way, I can ensure there will be something on the table that my picky husband will eat, and I get to play to my strengths as a cook.
On Monday (and for the second year running), I’m bringing brisket and a flourless chocolate cake. I bring the brisket because I make a good one, and I do the cake, well, because nothing finishes a meal like a good chocolate cake.
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It’s no surprise to see an abundance of flourless chocolate cakes and incredible matzo bark covered in chocolate and butter during Passover — leavened products are forbidden during the holiday, so decadent substitutions are available. In the most-recent issue of Food Network Magazine, the Test Kitchens prepared five cakes without using all-purpose flour (pictured above is Flourless Red Velvet Cake, get more recipes below) to try at home and the results were tremendous. That led us to picking baker and co-owner of Breads Bakery in New York City Uri Scheft’s brain, to dive a little deeper into the subject. The world of starches, flours and desserts is so vast and can be overwhelming — so we turned to an expert.
What would kosher potato starch do to a cake? What type of cakes would you use this substitution in?
Uri Scheft: Potato starch sucks all of the liquid out, but because of the lack of gluten, it doesn’t really bind the ingredients. It leads to a more crumby, more dense cake that hasn’t risen as much. It is good for brownies because they don’t need to rise a lot. Additionally, they are better when not cooked completely through.