Less than a year will have passed since last Pesach before we’ll be sitting down to our seders for 5773. It’s time to start planning menus and meals, and head to the supermarkets and delis to see what’s available for this year.
I am re-posting all my Pesach recipes from last year. When it comes to cooking for Pesach, I believe that you go with what works for you. My family certainly waits for their Pesach favorites, which I love to cook. I will be adding a few new recipes in the next couple of weeks as well.
Here’s the list of recipes I have for Pesach, and you can also find them on the “Passover” tab on my home page.
Chicken soup and kneidlach/matza balls – No seder is complete without this Ashkenazi classic…
My family’s tzimmes – Another tradition in my family is this tzimmes, made with kneidel mixture in the middle of a sweet carrot and sweet potato mix.
Flaumen (Potato and Prune) Tzimmes – A really delicious side dish for the seder table and throughout Pesach.
Brisket – Because how can you have a Seder without brisket (or at least that’s the rule in my house).
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce for Pesach – A great dish to put on your Seder table for the kids who don’t like brisket! It’s really similar to my regular recipe, but made without bread crumbs, and using matza meal instead.
Sweet Asian Chicken Pieces (kitniyot) – With sweet chili sauce available as KFR (kitnoyot), you can make this great recipe for crispy chicken in a sweet Asian sauce that you will want to make all year round.
Ratatouille – The perfect side dish for Pesach – ratatouille has only KFP ingredients, is parev, tastes good and looks really colorful.
Roast Potatoes Perfect for Pesach – An easy and basic recipe for roast potatoes that will make everyone forget it’s Pesach.
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage for Pesach – This side dish is the perfect accompaniment to anything Ashkenazi especially your brisket.
Spinach Gnocchi – This is a really fun KFP gnocchi dish that really works and tastes good. It’s great for a mid-week meal when you’re done with Seder leftovers and don’t have room for another morsel of brisket!
Kosher for Pesach Enchiladas– Kitniyot Only – Here’s a fun dairy, kitniyot recipe. I am sure that Mexicans would scoff at the bastardization of this wonderful dish, but when it comes to Pesach, anything that can be made kosher is fair game.
Quiche for Pesach– Using an alternative crust that is very delicious, but does require more work than a butter crust.
Quinoa Salad – This is the recipe I came up with one Pesach when I had last minute vegetarian guests. It’s a great dish and makes a really nice salad that’s full of flavor. There is some disagreement as to whether quinoa is kitniyot or not. OUKosher says, “since quinoa, which has only recently been introduced to the Northern Hemisphere from its native South America, was never considered kitniot, it remains permitted on Pesach even though logically it should be included in the minhag…” But please read the full article for all the info and make your own choice.
Easy Roasted Red Onion and Lettuce Salad– When you’ve been toiling all day in the kitchen making all that seder food, the last thing you want to do is slave over a salad. How about this easy stand-by? You can roast the onions in advance, and throw it all together in minutes. You will want to double this recipe if you’re having a big crowd.
New Pesach Slaw (can contain kitniyot) This is a colorful salad that will look beautiful on your table, even if it doesn’t have the Asian flavors that give it a kick in the rest of the year. I have posted a recipe for making your own KFP peanut butter (for kitniyot eaters).
Carrot Soup – One of my favorite everyday soups that’s also KFP and can be made parev, so how can you lose by adding this to your own KFP repertoire?
Chocolate Vanilla Cream Cake – This is a regular recipe that just happens to also be KFP! This is a dairy cake, so you won’t want to serve it at your Seder (unless you’re doing a vegetarian Seder, in which case, I highly recommend this as a great dessert). But as a wonderful treat, this cake’s a winner, especially since it’s really simple to make.
Coconut Mounds – Pesach isn’t Pesach without coconut cookies.When I first made this recipe, I was sure it would be disastrous because it just seemed way too easy. I was wrong. They are delicious and crazy easy, so do make them with your kids.
Apple Squares for Pesach – This is a regular on my Seder dessert table. It’s easy to make, tastes good and isn’t overly sweet. And of course, it’s parev, so works on many levels. There’s nothing like fruit to cover the taste of the kosher for Pesach “flours”!
Chocolate Roll For Pesach – Here’s a fun dessert that’s versatile, tastes good and looks good. Have fun with fillings of your choice. I offer two options, but you can get creative and add whatever you and your family like.
Chocolate Truffle Cake – This is a most incredible cake, which I adapted from the hametz version with relative ease. For chocolate lovers, this cake is a dream. It’s really rich so can serve a lot of eaters, and because it’s parev, it’s a great Seder dessert option. You can also make this ahead of time and freeze it.
Hummus Chocolate Cake (kitniyot) – This simple to make recipe turns out a delicious chocolate cake that tastes like brownies and has no trace of garbanzo beans.
Upside-Down Lemon Meringue Cake for Pesach– The first time I made this I was so excited because I saw that it could also work for Pesach with no adaptations and it can be made parev. This is one of my favorite desserts for any time of year, so being able to serve in at a Seder table is a huge bonus. Watch your guests gasp with delight when you bring this onto the table. It will give them the strength to make it to Chad Gadyah with ease.
Home Made Peanut Butter for Pesach – In my house, peanut butter is a staple, and no chag is going to force us to give up on it. Here’s a quick and very easy way to make your own peanut butter for Pesach. Because it’s a healthy version, with no additives, you may even want to make it during the year…