Our 17 Best Passover Seder Recipes
As one of the oldest holidays, Passover is almost among the most sacred in the Jewish community. The weeklong event involves many important rituals—but none is as celebrated as the traditional Passover meal, known as the seder. When you're preparing a seder, you'll need to swap leavened bread in favor for traditional matzo and follow customary kosher guidelines. But sticking to special dietary guidelines doesn't mean you have to make sacrifics in terms of flavor.
Passover is a celebration of the story of the Israelites' departure from ancient Egypt, and the very first references to the holiday appear in the Hebrew Bible's books of Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Exodus, among others. During the journey, it is said that the Israelites fled Egypt and didn't have time to allow for bread to actually rise—which is why matzo has become a staple of the Passover holiday. It's an important part of the seder but should there be leftover matzo, it can be used in entrees including breaded chicken cutlets and a reinvented spinach lasagna.
Other staples of Passover include classic brisket, which requires minimal ingredients but delivers fully with beefy delectableness. The prospect of unleavened desserts may seem daunting but there are many different Passover desserts, from flourless cakes to honey-sweetened fruits, that comply with the dietary guidelines of the holiday and will satisfy any sweet tooth. There are also ways to make vegetarian-friendly Passover meals without relying solely on side dishes, including Zucchini-Parmesan Potato Cakes. We're sharing our favorite Passover recipes here, and they're sure to make for delicious seders.
Haroset-Braised Short Ribs
Matzo-Ball Soup with Leeks
Potato Kugel Gratin
Wilted Dandelion Greens with Toasted Matzo Crumbles
Meyer Lemon Brisket with Pomegranate Gremolata
Potato, Parsnip, and Herb-Oil Puree
Arugula Salad with Radishes and Caper Vinaigrette
Bibb Lettuce Salad with Horseradish Dressing
Matzo-Crusted Chicken Cutlets
Matzo Spinach Lasagna
Braised Brisket with Carrots, Garlic, and Parsnips
Matzo meal helps bind these zucchini and potato cakes together. Parmesan, fresh parsley and dill, lemon juice, and garlic give them tons of flavor.
Whitefish Quenelles with Beets, Horseradish, and Fresh Herbs
Quenelles—egg-shaped bundles of creamed fish or meat—can stand in for gefilte fish on the Passover table. Made with the bones and fillets of whitefish, pike, and carp, these delicate mounds go beautifully with red beets and a dollop of horseradish.
This delicious stew—appropriately named tzimmes (Yiddish slang for "a big fuss")—is a Passover tradition. Our version gets its dulcet flavor from sweet potatoes, dried apricots, and prunes.