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Passover Seder Recipes And Menu Ideas

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The Jewish holiday of Passover in 2013 begins in the evening (at sunset) of March 25 and ends in the evening (at sunset) of Tuesday April 2.  The date for the Passover First Seder Holiday meal in 2013 is the evening of March 25.

The rules of Passover are that no leavened flour products are allowed, such as bread, cereal, pizza, pasta, cakes or cookies with flour.  Instead, the traditional Jewish Passover food is Matzah – the unleavened bread.  The Passover food essentials are Matzah and Red Wine.

At the traditional Passover Holiday Seder Meal, there is a special Seder Plate that contains the following 6 symbolic Passover foods:  the shankbone (a piece of roasted meat on a bone), a hard boiled egg, bitter herbs (horseradish), another set of bitter herbs (romaine lettuce leaves), charoset (sweet paste of apples, nuts, cinnamon and wine) and vegetable (parsley, celery or boiled potato).

Here are some yummy recipes for your Passover Seder menu:

Passover Appetizer Recipes:

Nut-Free Charoset Recipe

nut free charoset for passover

Charoset is traditionally made with lots of nuts, apples and cinnamon.  With so many people who are allergic to nuts, lots of people are looking for a nut free charoset recipe.  This yummy charoset recipe is super tasty and completely free of nuts – it includes chopped apples, raisins, grape juice and cinnamon.  For more details, see my nut free charoset recipe.

Marinated Mushrooms Recipe

how to make marinated mushrooms

These homemade marinated mushrooms are very easy to make, and the best thing is that they can be made up to a week ahead – perfect to free up some time during those hectic holiday preparations.  Please see my recipe for marinated mushrooms.

Eggplant Caviar Recipe

how to make eggplant caviar

Eggplant Caviar is an appetizer of roasted eggplant that is chopped and mixed with minced onion, oil and spices.  Please see my eggplant caviar recipe to make this yummy appetizer.

Roasted Beets Recipe

how to make roasted beets

If you don’t normally eat beets, you must try them roasted.  Roasted beets are extremely tasty – roasting really brings out very tasty caramelized slightly sweet flavor out of beets, and they make a very colorful and unique appetizer.  Just follow my easy roasted beets recipe.

Spinach Salad With Orange And Avocado Recipe

spinach salad with orange and avocado

This tasty salad has baby spinach leaves, orange slices and avocado, tossed in an olive oil and vinegar dressing.  This salad is simple, pretty and very tasty!  See the recipe for spinach salad with oranges and avocado.

Passover Main Dish Recipes:

Gefilte Fish Recipe

passover gefilte fish

Gefilte fish is the most well-known traditional Jewish recipe.  You can follow my authentic homemade gefilte fish recipe to make an outstanding classic gefilte fish from scratch, or if you are looking for a shortcut, follow my instructions to improve gefilte fish in a jar.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

how to make beef stew in a slow cooker

This yummy beef and onion stew is made in a slow cooker.  To make this beef stew is super easy – just throw beef and onions in a slow cooker and press Start!  You will get a delicious and filling main dish with no work whatsoever – just follow this easy slow cooker beef stew recipe.

Passover Side Dish Recipes:

Oven Roasted Potatoes Recipe

how to make oven roasted potatoes

These easy oven roasted potatoes are everybody’s favorite side dish.  Fresh from the oven, they are hot, tasty and browned!  Please see my recipe for oven roasted potatoes.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

how to make mashed sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are first baked so they are soft inside, then peeled and mashed with a potato masher to make these yummy mashed sweet potatoes.  Sweeten them to taste with maple syrup – yum!  Please see the recipe for mashed sweet potatoes.

Passover Dessert Recipes:

Italian Lemon Ice

how to make italian lemon ice

Since you can’t use flour on Passover, all the traditional cakes and cookies are out of question.  Italian lemon ice is such a yummy and refreshing dessert that doesn’t use any flour – all you need is fresh lemon juice, water and sugar.  Italian lemon ice is a perfect way to end that huge holiday meal, as it’s so refreshing!  Please see my recipe for homemade Italian lemon ice.

Homemade Chocolate Truffles Recipe

how to make chocolate truffles candy

These homemade chocolate truffles in a chocolate lover’s dream – they are so rich, sweet and chocolatey!  Best of all, they are extremely easy to make at home, and need just two ingredients – chocolate and cream.  For a non-dairy version, substitute cream with the soy milk.  Please see my recipe for homemade chocolate truffles.

Enjoy these tasty Passover recipes and have a great Passover!

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