Did you know that while some folks are celebrating Easter this weekend, others will be celebrating Passover? This year Passover begins just before sundown on Friday, April 3rd, and, just as many other holidays are celebrated with special traditions and food, Jewish people all over the world gather together with their family and friends to remember this important time in their history.
Passover is actually a weeklong commemoration (this year it runs from the evening of April 3 to the evening of April 11), in which Jewish families attend services, enjoy the company of their loved ones and observe many customs including abstaining from specific foods. Luckily, I have a lot of Jewish friends who were able to tell me more about what they eat during Passover, and I’ve been able to gather some tasty recipes, which are Passover-friendly, to share with all of you!
Even if you don’t celebrate Passover, I encourage you to give these recipes a try. You never know what you might discover you LOVE until you give ‘em a shot. (For me, it’s the fried matzah with honey!)
Some people think of Passover as a time of “I can’t eat this” or “I can’t eat that,” but truth is…there are actually a lot of things you can eat! So, instead of thinking about what’s “not allowed” I thought I’d follow the example of this site and share some recipes you CAN enjoy.
This is the most famous Passover food of them all. It’s an unleavened, cracker-like bread and it’s used in a variety of ways. If you wanted to, you could eat it for basically every meal!
Okay, so you can’t have pork, shellfish…and a few other meats on Passover (some folks abstain from these meats all year long). Good thing chicken, beef, and lamb aren’t off limits (so long as you don’t serve them with cream, cheese, butter, or any other dairy products). Here are some tasty ways to get your protein!
Most veggies and all fruit are good for Passover, which means you can fill your table up with all kinds of delicious sides! Potatoes, quinoa, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots…the list goes on and on. A lot of families also enjoy chopped liver as a side dish on Passover. With a whole week to celebrate, you can try something new every single day!
Clockwise from top left: Harvest Pudding | Matzo and Herbed Stuffed Tomatoes | Liver Pate | Citrus Honey Carrots | Lemony Brussels Sprouts | Spinach Kugel | Rosemary Roasted Potatoes | Homestyle Beet Salad
You’re probably thinking, “What can I have for dessert if flour is out of the question?” Turns out, there are a bunch of different ways to make or bake something sweet (including using matzo meal!). Here are just a few sweet eats that I think you’ll love.
I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out all these wonderful recipes for Passover. I know that I had fun learning about them (as well as tasting a few in the Test Kitchen!). If you’d like more information about what is kosher for Passover or what Passover represents, I suggest you check out this page from Judaism 101.
Now, I’d love it if you would let me know:
What do you make during Passover?