Passover: Sephardic-Style Seder

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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Sephardic Date Haroset

Dates on a spoon

Haroset is an intrinsic component of the Passover plate, a condiment made from fruit, nuts and wine. It symbolizes the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build ancient Egyptian cities. Sephardic harosets are made in various ways, but usually contain dates. more→

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Moroccan-Style Vegan Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo balls aren’t always a part of the Sephardic tradition, but a Turkish friend remembers them from his childhood Seders. No matter where you’re from, the Passover Seder doesn’t seem complete without matzo ball soup. 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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Eggplant Matzo Mina

matzo

Matzo minas are layered vegetable casseroles served at Sephardic Passover Seders. This one can be aptly described as a matzo lasagna. Many variations are made by Sephardic Jews of various cultures. This one is of definite Italian influence, and will certainly remind you of an eggplant lasagna. more→

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Sautéed Carrots with Almonds

Carrot bunches

This simple side dish brings color and natural sweetness to the dinner plate, and is one of my favorite dishes to serve with a Passover or Jewish New Year dinner. more→

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Chocolate Matzo Brittle

Chocolate Matzo brittle

This is very rich, but is an excellent way to use your surplus of matzo; a little goes goes a long way. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Sweet and Sour Artichoke Hearts

Artichoke hearts in bowl

This simple side dish of stewed artichoke hearts is traditional to the Sephardic Passover tables of several countries, including Turkey. more→

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