Whether you use these recipes for your seder or for your fifth-night meal, here are 10 recipes that will give you a small taste of how many Jews around the world celebrate Passover.
Sides and Appetizers
- Jaroset (Panamanian Halek): Jewish chef Tina Wasserman shares a recipe from her Panamanian friend Rita, whose roots go back to Spain via Amsterdam and Curaçao.
- Tri-Colored Gefilte Loaf, Spanish Style: This recipe, which melds the flavors of a 500-year-old Spanish Jewish cuisine, was inspired by the members of Barcelona’s Jewish community.
- Turkish Charoset: Unlike traditional charoset, made with apples and nuts, this combination of dates and oranges is closer to representing the mortar that the Israelites used to build the palaces and pyramids of Egypt.
- Mina de Maza (Matzah Pie): Throughout the Mediterranean, Turkish Minas, Italian Scacchi, and Greek Pitas - all layered dishes similar to lasagna - have been prepared for at least a thousand years using matzah for dough during Passover. This recipe is a variation of the classic Turkish Mina and a meatless Scacchi.
- Israeli Charoset: This recipe, an adaptation of a California-influenced Israeli charoset, is an amalgam of both Ashkenazic and Sephardic culinary traditions - flavorful, intriguing, and a big hit at the seder.
- Moroccan Meatball Tagine with Quinoa “Couscous”: Couscous is not kosher for Passover, so this recipe substitutes quinoa. While quinoa is not indigenous to the old world, it nevertheless resembles the Moroccan national dish in size and shape.
- Roast Chicken, South African-Style: This recipe includes potatoes, apples, and ginger. Many varieties of apples are cultivated in South Africa, and the use of ginger is directly related to the spice route that made its way around the Cape of Africa.
- Korean Braised Sriracha Brisket: The trend of Korean BBQ with a homey brisket makes perfect sense, and leftovers taste great on matzah.
- Tunisian Guizadas: Guizadas are a specialty of the Livornese Jewish community in Tunisia. Italian Jews once traded goods with their brethren in Tunisia through Livorno, a major Italian commercial port. Many Jewish Livornese settled in Tunisia to finance the ransom of Jewish hostages taken by pirates who patrolled the rich trade routes.
- Budino Cioccolato (Italian Rich Chocolate Pudding): This Italian dish with Iberian roots also has a strong Portuguese influence, evident in the addition of cinnamon and chocolate to what is in essence flan, a classic Spanish dessert.
- Bubele Modern-Style: This matzah meal fritter has South African roots.