Families across the globe will gather Friday to hold the traditional seder meal symbolizing new beginnings and the bitterness of slavery to mark the Jewish holiday of Passover. Traditional meals include brisket, beitzah, matzo balls, kugel, gefilte fish, roast chicken, lamb shanks and more. Many dishes carry a special meaning. A hard-boiled egg, or beitzah, recalls the sacrifice made at the Holy Temple. Unleavened bread, or matzo, symbolizes the Jews’ rush to leave Egypt. Below are simple tips and eight easy recipes to enjoy Passover 2015.
Martha Stewart Pot-Roasted Brisket: Garlic, onions and carrots give this dish an earthy flavor. Discard the top fatty layer and slice the roasted brisket across the grain. Find the recipe here.
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Ina Garten Matzo Ball Soup: Use an ice cream scoop to form matzo balls that look like golf balls. Drop them into hot chicken stock and cook for roughly 30 minutes. This recipe takes nearly an hour to make.
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Serious Eats Potato Kugel: Use Russet potatoes for a fluffier kugel. Serve hot or warm. This recipe can be made ahead of time.
Joan Nathan's Gefilte Fish Pate: Combine whitefish, onions, eggs, water, matzo meal, salt, pepper and sugar. Serve with horseradish. Recipe here.
Food And Wine's Lemon Roasted Chicken: Rosemary and thyme combine to create a tasty and easy recipe.
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Lamb Shanks: Use date molasses, pomegranate juice and orange juice in the braising liquid for a Middle Eastern-fusion flavor that will leave the lamb almost falling off the bone. This recipe makes our mouths water.
Beitzah: Eggs exposed to hot water, then cold, then hot cook to a uniform doneness and are easier to peel.
Learn how to properly boil an egg here.
Salmon Crepes: Mix cream cheese and horseradish together for the crepe filling. Top each one with as much smoked salmon as you want. Garnish with fresh dill. Learn how to make crepes here.
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Coconut Macaroons: Chewy coconut and chopped almonds add a satisfying crunch to this traditional Passover dessert. This recipe is full of fiber.
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