Don’t Pass Over These Recipes
Okay, the house is clean, you are exhausted, the table is set, the guests are hungry, what are you going to serve?
I left home at 20, right after Purim, three weeks before Pesach. I didn’t make my first seder in Israel, I was a guest, but I did bring dessert. The next year I was married, pregnant and wishing I had been adopted into a Catholic, or Baptist, or Hindi, or Shinto, or anything but Jewish family. How did my mother do this year after year? Working full time, cleaning full time, cooking full time, the week before Pesach was a nightmare. And you know what? Matzah does terrible things to a pregnant digestion.
With the exception of being invited out for Seder night here and there over the years, I have been preparing for Pesach for the last 29 years. No, I don’t have any helpful tips. You want helpful tips? Head on over to Cooking Manager, Hannah is so much more organized than I am, and so much calmer about it as well. You can also visit Hannah’s alter-ego, A Mother in Israel, for more helpful ideas.
What I can help you with is recipes! If I can’t feed you, at least let me help you feed yourself and your family.
Annice’s Potato and Mushroom Croquettes — Annice is famous throughout kosher food groups worldwide, but in my family she’s famous for being the mother of my friend Audrey, who occasionally drops out of the sky for a visit.
Caramel Matzah Crunch — remember the Barton’s chocolates that you would finish before the holiday even started? These will remind you of those little yummies, and you can even have them during the whole week of the holiday.
Crock Pot Caramelized Onions — I’m fortunate enough to have a crock pot just for Pesach. Make a batch of these and use them on everything. Even ice cream (just kidding). Spread these on matzah for a little indulgence.
Don’t Throw Away That Turkey Carcass — we usually serve up a whole turkey for seder night. But after that, there’s still a whole week of meals you have to provide, and there’s always Shabbat chol hamo’ed and the last days of the holiday. This will give you a yummy jump-start on some really good soup!
Forest Fruits Sorbet — Pesach in Israel can be the start of the hamsin season. It’s hot, you can get cranky. Chill out with this.
Hot Dog Rollups — in the States you would call these Pigs in a Blanket. In England they’re known as chipolatas. Here in Israel they are called Moshe BaTeva (Moses in the Basket). What else would you eat on Pesach than a little baby floating down the Nile?
Hungarian/Thai Salmon — perfect for a dairy meal, or as a starter for something more festive. And if you’re anything like us, you just can’t look at the leftovers from Seder night one more time…
Lemon Herb Quinoa — Ju-Boy is anti-quinoa for Pesach, but for those of you who have more enlightened spouses, this is a good side dish (or vegetarian main dish) to serve because you just can’t face another potato.
Passover Pizza — because you always need pizza. At least I do.
Passover Pizza Souffle — because the Queen of England is coming to visit and you don’t want to serve her just regular pizza… Kids like this one as well.
Passover Rolls — as Ju-Boy once said to me, “What, we can’t do without bread for a whole week?” Obviously not. These make a nice change from crumbly matzah sandwiches.
Pasta-Free Lasagne — for those abstaining from leavened products, or doing Atkins over the holiday.
Shmaltz — you know you can’t look at that bottle of palm oil without wanting to toss your (matzah) cookies. That stuff is so gross. This stuff is so yummy!
Smoked Wurst and Spinach — Tirat Tzvi makes some wonderful salami that is kitniyot free. This is a great dish to serve in the middle of the holiday, cooks up fast and easy.
Zhuzzed Potato and Leek Soup — because you just don’t get enough potatoes in your Pesach diet as it is…
And finally, just a shout-out to my friend Leah the Rhinestone Cowgirl, I know I said I would try to post the recipe for Baby Pavlovas with Chocolate Creme Pâtissière, but it’s not going to happen (and when it does you can be sure there’s going to be an MHS story in there somewhere). I guess you’re going to have to wait for (just like it says at the end of the Haggadah), next year in Jerusalem (groan!).
Posted on 13 April 2011, in Holiday cooking, Israel, Passover and tagged cooking, Israel, Jewish Cooking, kosher, matzah, matzoh, Passover, Pesach, pizza, potatoes, quinoa, recipe, Recipezaar, shmaltz. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.