This Seder is going to look a lot different for everybody. Many will be virtual, some alone or with your own little family. No big family gatherings this year, but thats okay. Who says you can't have a fantastic Whole Modern Passover Meal?
Since Passover starts this evening at sundown I thought it would be fun to feature some Passover friendly recipes that you can find right on the blog! I will include some Passover friendly substitutes as well if needed. It has been a while since I have sat down to a proper Seder, but the memories are strong and this is a phenomenal and simple menu. Something we all need right now.
Disclaimer: Most of these photos are super old, that need to be updated, so please bear with me. The recipes however, are still perfectly delicious and some of my favorites!
WHOLE MODERN PASSOVER MEAL: COURSE ONE
To begin the meal, a simple Two-Bean Hummus seemed proper. Most people are stocked up on beans and the beauty of this recipe is that is requires garbanzo and white beans, so no need to use up all of those garbanzos for one recipe!
So, when I was consulting my Mom about what is and isn't proper for Passover she sent me a bunch of different tips to learn about who and who doesn't eat certain things. Honestly there are a lot of "guidelines" and I don't remember us being super strict unless at my grandparents. When she told me about legumes and grains her response was, “some jews do and some jews don’t” most modern Jews do".
I'm going to go with, most probably do and if I am wrong, my apologies! Pick your favorite vehicle (read:snack) to dip into THE creamiest hummus you will ever have. No, it is not traditional hummus, but there is a secret to the creaminess that you must check out!
WHOLE MODERN PASSOVER MEAL: COURSE TWO
Roasted carrot, citrus, mint and avocado kale salad. There I said it, a SALAD! Who even am I?! I'm not a huge salad girl unless it has lots of substance (like the kitchen sink) but this salad has got it going on!
Bright, light and extremely delicious. This citrus kale salad will have you longing for summer, farmers markets and warm warm sun. Here's to hoping it is safe enough to enjoy those things this coming summer. Let's keep doing our job to stay safe, right?
SECOND OPTION are these Oven Baked Horseradish Potato Latkes. Potato pancakes, latkes, whatever you might call them, they are delicious. The beauty of this recipe is they are made in the oven, because who wants a big grease mess to clean up after eating a delicious meal with a full belly? No one, the answer is no one.
Don't get me wrong, I love a fried latke, but I don't love the mess, especially after a big meal where I just want to lay on the couch for the rest of the night. I’ve always wondered if people like latkes for the latkes or for the TOPPINGS. Don’t get me wrong I love my potatoes, but I LOVE my toppings ON my potatoes. Sour cream, applesauce, smoked fish YES PLEASE.
**Option to use matzah meal in place of tapioca starch** These will pair so so well with our roasted salmon main course.
I'm bringing you two perfect main course choices, have one, have both. There are literally no rules anymore. Honestly, what day even is it!
Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with a Pomegranate Molasses or as my mom likes to call it "better than granny's brisket". But in all honesty, my granny (aka Magra) actually made super good brisket despite not being the best cook. I looked forward to it every year and it's been a long time since i've even had brisket at all.
They are truly melt in your mouth and not a lot of work. The ease of this dish will make it an instant favorite. A little searing on the stove top and into the oven to braise away in all its glory. This is a soul warming meal and can be modified if needed. Don't have carrots? Leave them out! Aren't able to make pomegranate molasses? Totally not needed for this to be so so delicious. A side of buttery mashed potatoes is also a very very splendid idea.
SECOND ENTRÉE, Coriander Spiced Scallion Pancakes with Roasted Salmon and Toum (Garlic Sauce). So, this is not traditional at all. However, I have one easy modifications you can use to make it Passover friendly. Hold the pancake and serve it with the Latkes above. Top your oven roasted latkes with Garlic Sauce and the roasted salmon and have yourself the best pancake of your life. Honestly, it's brilliant!
Strawberry Chocolate Cashew Butter Truffles are option number one. They are vegan and gluten free, so anybody can enjoy them! They are made with almond flour, keeping it K for P (kosher for passover) freeze dried strawberries (use any fruit you have), and coconut butter. If you don't have access to coconut butter or want a much cheaper and super easy way to make it, I talk all about how to do that in this blog post.
SECOND DESSERT: Salted Dark Chocolate Quinoa Matzo Crack! This is unlike most matzo cracks you have probably seen floating around the internet. The base layer is matzo, quinoa and hemp seeds baked off to make an incredible sweet layer. Topped with a traditional toffee, slathered in dark chocolate, and sprinkled with loads of flaky salt.
There is no denying that this is my all time favorite recipe out of this Whole Modern Passover Meal. It was sweet and salty, has the perfect bite and melts in your mouth after. It keeps in the fridge for a few days (if you can last a few days) and in the freezer for months!
Most people spend at a minimum two days cooking and preparing for their Seder dinners. That is so not necessary this year. Though we are safe at home with limited access to ingredients (totally never thought I would write these words) we can still have a successful and fun Passover dinner.
Stay well and well fed,
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