Passover: Ashkenazic-Style Seder

Quinoa with Cauliflower, Cranberries, and Nuts

Quinoa and cauliflower pilaf

This pilaf combines two companionable ingredients—cauliflower and quinoa. If you can plan ahead, having cooked quinoa and chopped cauliflower makes this dish a breeze to put together. Serve with a simple bean or lentil dish and a colorful salad.  more→

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Spinach, Leek, and Potato Matzo Gratin

Spinach and potato matzo gratin (mina)

This closely resembles the layered matzo casseroles, called minas, which are commonly served at Sephardic Seders. They consist of layered matzos, vegetables, and cheese. With optional Daiya cheese, or no cheese at all, it’s a tradition well worth adopting (and adapting) for the vegan Passover Seder. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. more→

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Passover Quinoa Pilaf

Passover Quinoa Pilaf

This colorful quinoa pilaf is a great addition to the Passover holiday’s festive Seder meal.  Contributed to Vegan Holiday Kitchens Passover chapter by a longtime reader of mine, Barbara Pollak, this pilaf is attractive made with a mix of red and white quinoa, but either color can be used on its own. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Vegan Matzo Ball Soup with Spring Vegetables

Vegan matzo ball soupThis vegan matzo ball soup recipe is chock-full of spring vegetables, and the perfect prelude to the Passover Seder dinner. But more importantly, it’s vehicle for delicious Vegan Matzo Balls. Photo by Susan Voisin (FatFree Vegan Kitchen), from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. As an alternative to this Ashkenazik-style soup, try Moroccan-Style Vegan Matzo Ball Soup.
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Vegan Matzo Brei

Matzo on white

Matzo Brei, a kind of flat omelet made with crushed matzo and egg, is a beloved Passover week breakfast. As in the recipe for Vegan Matzo Balls, quinoa flakes provide the Passover-appropriate “glue” that holds the matzo brei together. It’s easiest to make this one serving at a time in a small skillet; for more servings, repeat the recipe as needed. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.* more→

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Passover Mock Chopped Liver

I don’t care for the name of this dish, but it’s a Jewish faux classic. Another version is made with green beans (see Green Bean and Cashew Pâté — though Ashkenazik Jews don’t use green beans during the Passover week). The essential difference between this and the other recipe on this site is the use of mushrooms; both are simple and tasty. Serve with matzo or matzo crackers. more→

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Passover Haroset

Eastern European-style haroset (sometimes spelled charoset) is a sweet condiment served as part of the Passover Seder served with matzo. It’s made of essentially of apples, walnuts, and wine; proportions may be varied to taste. One of the important symbolic dishes of Passover, it represents the bricks used by the Jewish slaves to build Pharaoh’s cities. more→

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Vegan Matzo Balls (with a Gluten-Free Variation)

vegan matzo ball soup recipe

This vegan matzo balls recipe isn’t going to yield the Jewish grandmothers’ classic fluffy variety, but something new, delicious, and easy to make. Cooked quinoa flakes bind them together. A lot of the vegan matzo balls recipes on the web use tofu as a binder, which, for many Jews, is not an allowable Passover food. The trick here is to bake them at a low temperature rather than boiling them. Without egg as a binder, vegan matzo balls are more likely than not to fall apart in water. more→

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