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Liven Up Your Passover Dinner: Recipes to Inspire

As Passover nears, it is time to give thought to the meals we are going to prepare for the holiday (for those who celebrate). Since it begins Monday night, we thought we should give you a little history to help you understand more of what this holiday represents.

Passover is an eight day festival commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. They escaped so quickly from their bonds that the bread they baked as provisions did not have time to rise. Thus, we do not eat leavened bread during this holiday. In other words, no food or drink that contains any wheat, barley, rye or oats.
So what CAN we eat? Aside from the traditional Matzah (flat, unleavened bread), bitter herbs (to commemorate the bitter slavery that was endured), wine or grape juice (to celebrate the Israelites’ newfound freedom), a mixture of apples, nuts and wine (called charoset, which resembles the mortar and brick made by the Jews while enslaved by the Pharaoh), and hard boiled eggs (which represent the holiday offering brought in the days of the Holy Temple), what is left to eat?

Passover Seder Plate (2)As chefs, we know you love to challenge yourself and come up with new, creative dishes. But for this holiday, which can be quite a challenge to cook for, we thought you might like a little help! Check out our list of Passover-Kosher recipes below, and let us know if we missed anything!

Make Your Own Matzah House

Make Your Own Matzah House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matzah Lasagna

Matzah Lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli Salad with Pickles and Mint

Israeli Salad with Pickles and Mint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hungarian Chocolate-Walnut Torte

Hungarian Chocolate-Walnut Torte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come back next time for even more recipes and dish ideas, from ChefUniforms.com!

 

A Very Happy Passover to You!

Happy Passover to all of our Jewish friends and fans! Since most of you are in the culinary profession, I’ll get right down to the nitty gritty. As with many religious holidays, food bears a specific importance on how the holiday is celebrated, and Passover is no different. But how are you supposed to cook a meal for a holiday where the diet is so restricted that you can’t eat anything made from wheat, barley, oats, rye or spelt (another type of wheat)? Let’s start with the traditional Seder plate:

1.          Maror – bitter herbs; generally horseradish is used.
2.      Zeroa – shank bone; generally a lamb shank.
3.      Karpas – a vegetable; generally, parsley is used here.
4.      Chazeret – a bitter vegetable; here, lettuce is shown. Many people choose to put a dish of salt water in its place.
5.     Charoset – mixture of apples, nuts, wine and spices.
6.      Baytzah – hard-boiled egg.

 
After tonight’s Seder (the service in which the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt is told and celebrated), the meal can begin, so here’s where you come in… what to make? Even with such dietary restrictions as “no bread or pasta”, you can never go wrong with a nice brisket, or even a roasted chicken. If you are in need of some culinary inspiration, just take a trip to Bon Appétit, and check out their Passover Favorites Slideshow. It made me hungry just looking at it!

Happy Passover, Everyone!

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