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Kosher recipes for Passover – Chicago Tribune

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Passover is a time of celebration, of storytelling — and of feasting. Whether you are looking for traditional recipes or something a little different, we’ve got you covered. Pick and choose from these 28 kosher Passover recipes to create sensational holiday meals to remember.

(Katherine Martinelli, Daily Meal)

Homemade Matzo
Homemade Matzo | Perhaps the food that is most widely associated with Passover, matzo is the unleavened cracker that is used in place of bread. Making your own matzo may feel out of reach, but all it takes is flour, water, a touch of salt and oil. Give it a go, and if you end up with leftovers, make this savory matzo kugel recipe for brunch. For the Homemade Matzo recipe, click here. (Beth Ebin)
Gravlax
Gravlax | Sure, you can buy smoked salmon at the store, but if you want to make it extra special, try making your own gravlax. It’s not difficult, just be sure to plan two days ahead to give it time to cure. Once it's done, mix your gravlax with scrambled eggs, serve it with cucumbers and cream cheese for a snack, or use it as an incredible matzo topping. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/gravlax-0-recipe">For the Gravlax recipe, click here.</a>
Gravlax | Sure, you can buy smoked salmon at the store, but if you want to make it extra special, try making your own gravlax. It’s not difficult, just be sure to plan two days ahead to give it time to cure. Once it’s done, mix your gravlax with scrambled eggs, serve it with cucumbers and cream cheese for a snack, or use it as an incredible matzo topping. For the Gravlax recipe, click here. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune)
Brisket Egg Rolls
Brisket Egg Rolls | Whether you make these brisket egg rolls to use up leftovers or as a showstopping starter before the Passover seder, this recipe is a versatile crowd-pleaser. Just be sure to also make this <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/passover-teriyaki-sauce-recipe">Passover Teriyaki Sauce</a> recipe for dipping. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/brisket-egg-rolls-recipe">For the Brisket Egg Rolls recipe, click here.</a>
Apple Raisin Walnut Relish (Charoset)
Apple Raisin Walnut Relish (Charoset) | Charoset may symbolize the mortar that enslaved Israelites used in their forced labor for the pharaoh, but that doesn’t mean it needs to taste like cement. If you’re trying to recreate the charoset you grew up with, this classic recipe of apples, raisins, nuts, wine, cinnamon and honey will get you pretty close. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/apple-raisin-walnut-relish-charoset-recipe">For the Apple Raisin Walnut Relish (Charoset) recipe, click here.</a>
Apple Raisin Walnut Relish (Charoset) | Charoset may symbolize the mortar that enslaved Israelites used in their forced labor for the pharaoh, but that doesn’t mean it needs to taste like cement. If you’re trying to recreate the charoset you grew up with, this classic recipe of apples, raisins, nuts, wine, cinnamon and honey will get you pretty close. For the Apple Raisin Walnut Relish (Charoset) recipe, click here. (VDB Photos/Shutterstock)
Traditional Matzo Balls
Traditional Matzo Balls | No seder is complete without a bowl of matzo ball soup. Though it’s a comfort food year-round, Passover is its time to shine. This recipe is as traditional as they come but gives some must-know tips and tricks to make the best soup ever. It also offers advice for making and freezing all the components ahead of time. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/traditional-matzah-balls-recipe">For the Traditional Matzo Balls recipe, click here.</a>
Traditional Matzo Balls | No seder is complete without a bowl of matzo ball soup. Though it’s a comfort food year-round, Passover is its time to shine. This recipe is as traditional as they come but gives some must-know tips and tricks to make the best soup ever. It also offers advice for making and freezing all the components ahead of time. For the Traditional Matzo Balls recipe, click here. (Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock)
Matzo-Less Matzo Balls
Matzo-Less Matzo Balls | If you follow a gluten-free diet, then matzo balls are usually off the table. But this clever recipe uses ground chicken, potato and egg to create a wheat-free alternative. If you need an egg-free recipe, then try these <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/eggless-matzah-balls-recipe">eggless matzo balls</a>. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/matzah-less-matzah-balls-recipe">For the Matzo-Less Matzo Balls recipe, click here.</a>
Classic Potato Kugel
Classic Potato Kugel | The crispy outside and creamy inside of an expertly made potato kugel is a thing of beauty. Somewhere between a thick latke and a Spanish tortilla, this simple and satisfying traditional dish is one of the all-time best potato recipes. If you prefer a sweet twist, then try out this <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/shredded-apple-kugel-recipe">shredded apple kugel recipe</a>. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/classic-potato-kugel-recipe">For the Classic Potato Kugel recipe, click here.</a>
Classic Potato Kugel | The crispy outside and creamy inside of an expertly made potato kugel is a thing of beauty. Somewhere between a thick latke and a Spanish tortilla, this simple and satisfying traditional dish is one of the all-time best potato recipes. If you prefer a sweet twist, then try out this shredded apple kugel recipe. For the Classic Potato Kugel recipe, click here. (Margoe Edwards/Shutterstock)
Broccoli Kugel
Broccoli Kugel | If you want to get some more veggies on the Passover table, then this broccoli kugel is a great way to do so. With a taste and appearance akin to an omelet or frittata, this dairy-free recipe has two secret weapons: A touch of mayonnaise keeps the kugel super moist while a sprinkling of onion soup mix brings the flavor. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/broccoli-kugel-recipe-0">For the Broccoli Kugel recipe, click here.</a>
Broccoli Kugel | If you want to get some more veggies on the Passover table, then this broccoli kugel is a great way to do so. With a taste and appearance akin to an omelet or frittata, this dairy-free recipe has two secret weapons: A touch of mayonnaise keeps the kugel super moist while a sprinkling of onion soup mix brings the flavor. For the Broccoli Kugel recipe, click here. (Natallia Harahliad/Shutterstock)
Seder Plate Salad
Seder Plate Salad | If you are keeping your Passover celebration small and simple this year or if you are looking for something to make on those non-seder days, this seder plate salad is a great choice. For this recipe, kosher cooking queen Paula Shoyer takes inspiration from a French nicoise salad but uses lamb instead of tuna and incorporates other seder plate elements. Skip the meat to make it vegetarian. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/seder-plate-salad-recipe">For the Seder Plate Salad recipe, click here.</a>
Seder Plate Salad | If you are keeping your Passover celebration small and simple this year or if you are looking for something to make on those non-seder days, this seder plate salad is a great choice. For this recipe, kosher cooking queen Paula Shoyer takes inspiration from a French nicoise salad but uses lamb instead of tuna and incorporates other seder plate elements. Skip the meat to make it vegetarian. For the Seder Plate Salad recipe, click here. (Paula Shoyer)
Kale and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
Kale and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing | This gorgeous salad is a feast for the eyes with its ruby red pomegranate arils and green pistachios scattered on top. Maple syrup and orange juice jazz up a mustard vinaigrette, while kale and apple bring texture and flavor to the mix. This could be a meal on its own, but it is a delightful side to pass at any holiday table. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/kale-and-apple-salad-maple-mustard-dressing-recipe">For the Kale and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing recipe, click here.</a>
Kale and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing | This gorgeous salad is a feast for the eyes with its ruby red pomegranate arils and green pistachios scattered on top. Maple syrup and orange juice jazz up a mustard vinaigrette, while kale and apple bring texture and flavor to the mix. This could be a meal on its own, but it is a delightful side to pass at any holiday table. For the Kale and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing recipe, click here. (Courtesy of Karen Kelly/Seasonal Cravings)
Spring Green Salad with Asparagus
Spring Green Salad with Asparagus | Passover is, among many things, a celebration of spring, much like this verdant, veggie-packed salad. First-of-the-season asparagus, radishes and lettuce greens shine here. If fresh peas are already popping up near you, then use those instead of frozen ones. And feel free to omit the feta if the dairy doesn’t fit in with your kosher meat meal. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/best-recipes/spring-green-asparagus-salad">For the Spring Green Salad with Asparagus recipe, click here.</a>
Spring Green Salad with Asparagus | Passover is, among many things, a celebration of spring, much like this verdant, veggie-packed salad. First-of-the-season asparagus, radishes and lettuce greens shine here. If fresh peas are already popping up near you, then use those instead of frozen ones. And feel free to omit the feta if the dairy doesn’t fit in with your kosher meat meal. For the Spring Green Salad with Asparagus recipe, click here. (Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings)
Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice With Onion Confit
Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice With Onion Confit | This special dish would be the star of any holiday table, and Passover is as good a time as any to pull out all the stops. If you are used to dry, chewy brisket that tastes mostly like generic meat, then you are in for a treat with this flavorful, tender rendition. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/brisket-braised-pomegranate-juice-onion-confit-recipe">For the Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice With Onion Confit recipe, click here.</a>
Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice With Onion Confit | This special dish would be the star of any holiday table, and Passover is as good a time as any to pull out all the stops. If you are used to dry, chewy brisket that tastes mostly like generic meat, then you are in for a treat with this flavorful, tender rendition. For the Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice With Onion Confit recipe, click here. (Elena Veselova/Shutterstock)
Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs
Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs | If you are looking to feed a crowd of foodies, then braised short ribs are a must. They hit just the right balance of comfort food and fine dining. To make this kosher for Passover, the short ribs are coated in matzo meal instead of flour before searing. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/braised-boneless-beef-short-ribs-recipe">For the Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs recipe, click here.</a>
Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs | If you are looking to feed a crowd of foodies, then braised short ribs are a must. They hit just the right balance of comfort food and fine dining. To make this kosher for Passover, the short ribs are coated in matzo meal instead of flour before searing. For the Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs recipe, click here. (Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock)
Saucy Szechuan Pineapple Chicken
Saucy Szechuan Pineapple Chicken | Sliced pineapple and spicy Szechuan-style duck sauce add pizzazz to roast chicken, making it a holiday-worthy main. Just be sure to seek out certified kosher-for-Passover duck sauce if that’s important for you. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/saucy-szechuan-pineapple-chicken-recipe">For the Saucy Szechuan Pineapple Chicken recipe, click here.</a>
Saucy Szechuan Pineapple Chicken | Sliced pineapple and spicy Szechuan-style duck sauce add pizzazz to roast chicken, making it a holiday-worthy main. Just be sure to seek out certified kosher-for-Passover duck sauce if that’s important for you. For the Saucy Szechuan Pineapple Chicken recipe, click here. (AS Food studio/Shutterstock)
Seared Tuna With Olives and Capers
Seared Tuna With Olives and Capers | Who says your Passover meal needs to center around meat? This Mediterreanean-flavored, pescetarian-friendly main looks impressive but takes just minutes to cook. Be sure to get the highest quality tuna you can so that you can serve it super rare. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/seared-tuna-olives-and-capers-recipe">For the Seared Tuna With Olives and Capers recipe, click here.</a>
Seared Tuna With Olives and Capers | Who says your Passover meal needs to center around meat? This Mediterreanean-flavored, pescetarian-friendly main looks impressive but takes just minutes to cook. Be sure to get the highest quality tuna you can so that you can serve it super rare. For the Seared Tuna With Olives and Capers recipe, click here. (stockcreations/Shutterstock)
Marinated Salmon
Marinated Salmon | For those who skew pescatarian, salmon is a favorite choice for the Passover meal. This recipe is a riff on the pickled salmon common in Jewish delis, but with a more delicate flavor. Citrus Teriyaki salmon is another excellent salmon main that would brighten up your Passover table. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/marinated-salmon-recipe-0">For the Marinated Salmon recipe, click here.</a>
Marinated Salmon | For those who skew pescatarian, salmon is a favorite choice for the Passover meal. This recipe is a riff on the pickled salmon common in Jewish delis, but with a more delicate flavor. Citrus Teriyaki salmon is another excellent salmon main that would brighten up your Passover table. For the Marinated Salmon recipe, click here. (ilolab/Shutterstock)
Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew
Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew | Not all Jewish traditions allow for the consumption of lentils on Passover. But if lentils do fit within your customs, this Ethiopian messer wot is a flavorful and plant-based way to incorporate the diversity of the Jewish diaspora to your Passover. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/ethiopian-messer-wot">For the Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew recipe, click here.</a>
Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew | Not all Jewish traditions allow for the consumption of lentils on Passover. But if lentils do fit within your customs, this Ethiopian messer wot is a flavorful and plant-based way to incorporate the diversity of the Jewish diaspora to your Passover. For the Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew recipe, click here. (Jacqui Wedewer/The Daily Meal)
Goman (Ethiopian Collard Greens)
Goman (Ethiopian Collard Greens) | If lentils aren’t part of your Passover tradition, but you are interested in incorporating flavors from across the diaspora into your meal, then try these flavor-packed collard greens instead. Sauteed with onions, garlic and ginger, this vegan side is delicious and nutritious. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/ethiopian-goman-collards">For the Ethiopian Goman Collard Greens recipe, click here.</a>
Goman (Ethiopian Collard Greens) | If lentils aren’t part of your Passover tradition, but you are interested in incorporating flavors from across the diaspora into your meal, then try these flavor-packed collard greens instead. Sauteed with onions, garlic and ginger, this vegan side is delicious and nutritious. For the Ethiopian Goman Collard Greens recipe, click here. (Jacqui Wedewer/The Daily Meal)
Roasted Caramelized Carrots
Roasted Caramelized Carrots | You can never have too many tasty, colorful veggie sides at a holiday dinner, and it doesn’t get any easier than these carrots. A bit of sugar helps the naturally sweet veggie caramelize slightly, making this a family-friendly favorite. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/roasted-caramelized-carrots-recipe">For the Roasted Caramelized Carrots recipe, click here.</a>
Roasted Caramelized Carrots | You can never have too many tasty, colorful veggie sides at a holiday dinner, and it doesn’t get any easier than these carrots. A bit of sugar helps the naturally sweet veggie caramelize slightly, making this a family-friendly favorite. For the Roasted Caramelized Carrots recipe, click here. (YuliiaHolovchenko/Shutterstock)
Roasted Beets
Roasted Beets | Vibrant red beets look beautiful and are easy to prepare, especially if you already have a hot oven ready to go. Simply clean and trim, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 60 to 90 minutes until tender. You can add these to a salad or grain bowl, but they also make a lovely side dish simply sliced. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/roasted-beets-recipe-0">For the Roasted Beets recipe, click here.</a>
Roasted Beets | Vibrant red beets look beautiful and are easy to prepare, especially if you already have a hot oven ready to go. Simply clean and trim, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 60 to 90 minutes until tender. You can add these to a salad or grain bowl, but they also make a lovely side dish simply sliced. For the Roasted Beets recipe, click here. (istetiana/Shutterstock)
Whitefish Salad
Whitefish Salad | Smoked whitefish is iconic Jewish delicatessen fare, and it’s deserving of a place at Passover. This recipe is just like tuna fish salad but with smoked whitefish, which gives it an extra flavor boost. The best part about this dish? It is excellent on matzo. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/whitefish-salad-recipe">For the Whitefish Salad recipe, click here.</a>
Whitefish Salad | Smoked whitefish is iconic Jewish delicatessen fare, and it’s deserving of a place at Passover. This recipe is just like tuna fish salad but with smoked whitefish, which gives it an extra flavor boost. The best part about this dish? It is excellent on matzo. For the Whitefish Salad recipe, click here. (Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock)
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries | Sweet potatoes make a good side dish for any number of Passover mains. But to make them a true crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike, throw them in the air fryer to create crispy, perfect fries. Just be sure to make a big batch as these will go fast. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/best-recipes/air-fryer-sweet-potato-fries">For the Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries recipe, click here.</a>
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries | Sweet potatoes make a good side dish for any number of Passover mains. But to make them a true crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike, throw them in the air fryer to create crispy, perfect fries. Just be sure to make a big batch as these will go fast. For the Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries recipe, click here. (Zhanna Briede/Shutterstock)
Everything Roasted Cauliflower
Everything Roasted Cauliflower | Passover may be a time to abstain from bagels, but luckily everything bagel seasoning is still an option. Try sprinkling it on your cauliflower before roasting for a flavorful side dish that goes with, well, everything. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/everything-roasted-cauliflower-recipe">For the Everything Roasted Cauliflower recipe, click here.</a>
Everything Roasted Cauliflower | Passover may be a time to abstain from bagels, but luckily everything bagel seasoning is still an option. Try sprinkling it on your cauliflower before roasting for a flavorful side dish that goes with, well, everything. For the Everything Roasted Cauliflower recipe, click here. (Elena Veselova/Shutterstock)
Passover Crepes
Passover Crepes | Crepes are an elegant and delicious breakfast, snack or dessert but are not typically something that comes to mind for Passover. This recipe makes it possible to enjoy by using kosher for Passover potato starch instead of flour. Enjoy them for lunch filled with veggies and cheese or for a light dessert sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/basic-passover-crepe-recipe">For the Passover Crepes recipe, click here.</a>
Passover Crepes | Crepes are an elegant and delicious breakfast, snack or dessert but are not typically something that comes to mind for Passover. This recipe makes it possible to enjoy by using kosher for Passover potato starch instead of flour. Enjoy them for lunch filled with veggies and cheese or for a light dessert sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar. For the Passover Crepes recipe, click here. (istetiana/Shutterstock)
Lemon Almond Flourless Cake With Sabayon
Lemon Almond Flourless Cake With Sabayon | Just because a dessert is kosher for Passover does not mean it has to be lackluster, as evidenced by this delightful cake. Made with almond flour and flavored with lemon zest and juice, the cake is finished off with a sabayon — which is just a fancy name for a sauce made with egg yolks, sugar and wine. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/lemon-almond-flourless-cake-sabayon-recipe">For the Lemon Almond Flourless Cake With Sabayon recipe, click here.</a>
Lemon Almond Flourless Cake With Sabayon | Just because a dessert is kosher for Passover does not mean it has to be lackluster, as evidenced by this delightful cake. Made with almond flour and flavored with lemon zest and juice, the cake is finished off with a sabayon — which is just a fancy name for a sauce made with egg yolks, sugar and wine. For the Lemon Almond Flourless Cake With Sabayon recipe, click here. (MShev/Shutterstock)
Gluten-Free Linzer Tart
Gluten-Free Linzer Tart | Linzer tarts are delicious and impressive any time of year, and this one is made Passover-friendly with the use of ground almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts in the crust along with potato starch. You can adjust the tart to your family’s tastes by using any flavor jam you prefer. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/recipes/gluten-free-linzer-tart-recipe">For the Gluten-Free Linzer Tart recipe, click here.</a>
Gluten-Free Linzer Tart | Linzer tarts are delicious and impressive any time of year, and this one is made Passover-friendly with the use of ground almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts in the crust along with potato starch. You can adjust the tart to your family’s tastes by using any flavor jam you prefer. For the Gluten-Free Linzer Tart recipe, click here. (Anna Shepulova/Shutterstock)
The Bee’s Knees Cocktail
The Bee’s Knees Cocktail | Cocktails can be super tricky on Passover since so many spirits are derived from wheat. But fortunately, there are an increasing number of kosher for Passover options available, including one gin. If you can find that gin, use it in this springy Bee’s Knees cocktail, which is flavored with bright, sunny lemon and honey. Alternately, substitute a potato-based vodka. Or, if you want to play it safe, pick out a mocktail recipe everyone will love. <a href="https://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/bees-knees-gin-lavender-cocktail">For The Bee’s Knees Cocktail recipe, click here.</a>
The Bee’s Knees Cocktail | Cocktails can be super tricky on Passover since so many spirits are derived from wheat. But fortunately, there are an increasing number of kosher for Passover options available, including one gin. If you can find that gin, use it in this springy Bee’s Knees cocktail, which is flavored with bright, sunny lemon and honey. Alternately, substitute a potato-based vodka. Or, if you want to play it safe, pick out a mocktail recipe everyone will love. For The Bee’s Knees Cocktail recipe, click here. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)
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