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UPDATE YOUR PASSOVER

Passover is one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar. It’s the time when Jews all over the world celebrate Moses, Aaron and Miriam leading them out of Egypt and to freedom from slavery.

Most Jewish holidays have one or two dishes associated with them – latkes for Hannukah, hammentashen for Purim, apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah – but Passover has an entire meal, the Passover Seder (SAY-der). Tradition holds that certain foods should be shared, stories told, and games played, but every tradition changes over time, so here are some ways to bring your Seder into the 21st Century.

The Seder Feast contains 15 steps that include telling the story of Moses, ritual washing of hands, blessings and prayers, and the most fun part – the search for the Afikomen (a matzah hidden somewhere in the home for the youngest member of the family to find).

It may sound like a lot (and it can be!) but it’s also a celebration of rebirth, renewal, and freedom. And lounging. Lots of lounging (because as slaves, Jews didn’t have the luxury of rest).

The Seder Plate

The Seder plate holds special significance, with each item recalling an emotion or shared memory of the Jewish people. Getting your own Seder Plate is a rite of passage for Jewish adults – and styles have definitely improved since our bubbies (grandmothers) bought theirs.

Traditional Seder Plate from the Jewish Museum

Kate Spade Seder Plate from Modern Tribe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What makes a Seder Plate special is the separate spots for each of the symbolic foods served on Passover, so if you don’t have one, a tray or large plate and small bowls or ramekins make a good replacement.

Beitzah – Hard Boiled Egg
The egg is symbolic of sacrifices made in the temples during Moses’ time, as well as Spring – when Passover is always celebrated.

Zeroa – Shank Bone
Another symbolic sacrifice, vegetarians and vegans have replaced it with roasted beets in modern times.

Karpas – Parsley Dipped in Salt Water
The salt water reminds us of the tears shed during slavery in Egypt.

Maror – Bitter Herbs
Horseradish or cilantro which symbolize the bitterness of slavery. Most people will dip this in the Charoset to counteract the bitterness.

Charoset – Fruit, Nuts, Spices, and Wine
Literally translated as bricks and morter, this favorite is symbolic of the bricks the Hebrews used to build in Egypt. This is where cooks can get creative, using apples, pears, dates, and different kinds of kosher wines.

Cup of Elijah
An extra glass of wine is poured to honor Elijah, who, it is said, will arrive one day as an unknown guest and announce the arrival of the Messiah.

 

Some more liberal Jewish traditions have added to these traditional parts of the Seder in recent years as new issues have arisen in the world’s consciousness.

 

An Orange
To symbolize Jewish women and members of the LGBTQ community who have been excluded by more conservative Jewish traditions.

An Artichoke
To symbolize interfaith marriage. The thorns protect the heart as interfaith couples protect each other from from those who would disapprove.

Olives
A literal olive branch, to symbolize the desire for peace in the Middle East and around the world.

Fair Trade Coffee or Chocolate
To remind us that slavery still exists in the world and to fight for freedom for all.

Potato Peel
To remind us of the starvation the Jewish people suffered in the concentration camps and that food insecurity, hunger, and starvation are still issues in our modern world.

Miriam’s Cup
To honor the role that Miriam played in leading the Jews out of Egypt.

Now on to the food!

Appetizers

Enough with the matzo ball soup! Bring some excitement and flavor to your table with these exciting appetizers.

BBQ  Chicken Latke Sliders from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Gluten Free Deep Fried Mushrooms from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Waffle Iron Latkes 5 Ways from Brit & Co.

 

Moscato Charoset from Meal and a Spiel

 

Deep Fried Matzo Balls with Wasabi Cream from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Zucchini Latkes with Red Pepper Jelly and Smoked Trout from Food & Wine

 

Matzoh Snack Mix from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Mains

The star of the show…and we’ve only got one brisket on the list and not a gifilte fish in sight!

Honey Horseradish Roasted Chicken

 

Slow Cooker Moroccan Meatballs from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Prunes from Mean and a Spiel

 

Red Wine Braised Brisket from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Matzah Lasagna All Gown Up from Kosher Like Me

 

Roasted Salmon with Zucchini and Squash from Kosher Like Me

 

Short Ribs with Carrot Mole, Roasted Carrots & Papaya Jicama Escabeche from Kosher Like Me

 

 

Sides

The main dish might be the star of the show, but it can’t perform without some awesome sides.

Creamy (non-dairy!) Asparagus Soup from The Nosher

 

Individual Sweet Potato Kugel from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Quinoa Tabbouleh from Food and Wine

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Gribenes from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Potato Zucchini Kugel “Cupcakes” from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Persian Kuku Sabzi from Kosher Like Me

 

Roasted Carrot Salad with Toasted Quinoa and Goat Cheese from Food and Wine

 

Dessert

You’ve made it through the salt water tears and bitter herbs. It’s time to celebrate the sweet life…with DESSERT!

Chocolate Matzah Bark with Dried Pineapple and Pistachio from Kosher Like Me

 

Strawberries with Buttermilk Ice and Balsamic Vinegar from Food and Wine

 

Perfect Passover Chocolate Walnut Torte from Kosher Like Me

 

Rosemary Almond Cake with Olive Oil and Orange Zest from Mean with a Spiel

 

Chocolate Caramel Matzah Crunch from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Citrus Salad with Candied Ginger from Food and Wine

 

Coffee Meringue from What Jew Wanna Eat

 

Don’t Forget the Wine!

Manischewitz. It’s the traditional kosher wine, but it’s sickly sweet flavor is more than most can handle – which is a real problem since it’s tradition to drink FOUR GLASSES during the meal (there are a few different stories about why this is). Luckily, lots of wineries are offering Kosher for Passover options these days – The Street, Food and Wine, and Snooth have all named their favorites, so you should have no trouble finding the perfect pairing for your meal.

That’s it! Read the Haggadah, have the youngest diner ask the Four Questions and sing a round of Dayanu – you’ve made it through Passover!

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