The Jewish holiday of Passover is deeply steeped in tradition. The Passover seder is a celebration of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and their freedom from slavery, and it is composed of specific parts to commemorate an important part of Jewish history. The seder's ceremonial plate wouldn’t be complete without its symbolic foods, including the charoset, reflecting the brick and mortar used to build the pyramids of Egypt during the Jews' slavery; bitter herbs to recount the difficult time spent in Egypt; hard-boiled eggs, to represent the offerings brought to the temple; and sprigs of parsley dipped in salt water to represent the salty tears shed by the enslaved Jews. And then of course there's the matzoh, to pay homage to the fact that the Jews didn't have time to let their bread rise when they hurriedly escaped from Egypt.
While traditional customs run deep during this Jewish holiday, that doesn’t mean your Passover recipes have to be old-fashioned. Elana Horwich, home cook and founder of Meal and a Spiel, shows us how you can reinvent the Passover meal with new and exciting recipes. Taking the lessons she learned from her Jewish grandmother, Horwich adds a modern-day touch to some of the most traditional Passover dishes, and she also adds in a few of her favorite recipes that she believes should become a part of your holiday feast.
These recipes run the gamut of your Passover meal, whether it’s a part of the customary seder meal such as matzoh ball soup, or an additional yet essential dish, such as brisket. There are even a few non-traditional, tempting desserts for you to choose from to serve after your Passover feast. Horwich shows you that the holiday is a tribute to our ancestors, but it can be an exciting and delicious one, too.
Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce