Popular main dishes for Passover dinner include lamb, brisket, chicken or fish. Matzo ball soup is a frequent feature, as is charoset, a fruit and nut dish. Side dishes may involve asparagus, potatoes or any other vegetable. Dessert choices could include flour-less cake or cookies. The ingredient you don't see on Passover are any kind of leavened grain product, which is grain prepared with yeast, baking powder or baking soda.
The Passover feast begins with charoset, one of the most loved Jewish dishes. It is a mixture of fruit and nuts, usually combined with Kosher wine. Some recipes may be a simple mixture of apples and walnuts, flavored with cinnamon. Others may be a more complex combination of dates, raisins and bananas, seasoned with various kinds of dessert spices. Still others may be a delectable concoction of oranges and crystallized ginger. Many people of this heritage claim charoset as one of their earliest memories associated with Passover.
Matzo Ball Soup
Matzo is an unleavened grain traditionally eaten at Passover. It reminds the Jewish people of the time when their ancestors had to hastily leave Egypt to escape slavery. The soup preparation begins with a chicken stock made from scratch. Cooks use vegetables such as onion, celery, garlic, parsnips and carrots to flavor the stock. Seasoning for the soup varies, but may include parsley, dill, bay leaf or turmeric. To make the balls, mix matzo meal with eggs and oil or chicken fat, then drop them in the boiling broth. Once the balls are tender, you have a delicious soup that is a great favorite among the Jewish people.
Brisket is very popular as a Passover main dish. Some recipes can be very basic, using mainly onion, salt and pepper for flavoring. Other brisket recipes can be wonderfully creative, using cinnamon and orange zest, in addition to traditional flavorings. Roast Chicken is another frequent choice for the Passover main entree. The recipe variations for this dish are seemingly endless, using a variety of seasonings and spices. Sometimes cooks add citrus, such as lemon or orange, for extra flavor.
Passover desserts can be wonderfully decadent affairs, but are made without flour. Options may include honey nut cake, or chocolate cake made with or without matzoh cake meal. Those who like cookies or brownies may chose from different recipes made with matzah meal. Fruit dessert choices may involve apple crisp, apple cake or fruit salad. You may also choose a traditional Jewish dessert called Mandelbrot, which is a sweet loaf made with matzah cake flour, flavored with citrus, nutmeg and nuts.