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Apr 12, 2008 04:56 AM

Help, need Passover recipes

I'm a cook, but Passover is something I've never done. I need to bring a vegie dish and dessert to the sedar. There will be 20 people (six of which are kids eight and under), so maybe an adult and kid dessert would be best. Also a vegie dish that would appeal to both. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi! For a veggie dish you can google Tzimmes which is a sweet carrot dish often made with sweet potatoes and/or apples. I chose this one because it freezes well so I can make it in advance: Pesach Sweet Potato Tzimmes on

      As for dessert, a flourless chocolate cake is always good. My brother makes chocolate macaroons but I am not sure where he gets the recipe. And Passover is the one time I feel it's ok to go store-bought if you have a fantastic bakery for chocolate covered matzoh (chocolatiers sell this too depending on where you live) or a fruit-nut torte--I have seen one with an angel food layer and jams and nuts, when done right it's divine.

      1. For dessert make the matzoh crunch recipe on It is fantastic and easy to make. For the adults, i sprinkle on some some sea salt to the finished product when the chocolate is all still warm.

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        1. re: ESNY

          I was planning to make this for the first time this week. Love the idea of sea salt. Sounds fabulous....many thanks for the tip ESNY. This is exactly why I love my chowhound.

          1. re: ESNY

            ESNY, I am planning on making the matzoh crunch keeping some plain, some with white and milk chocolate, some with nuts and some with M&M bits (my grandson's idea). How far in advance can I make it and keep it frozen or is it best to use the same day?

            1. re: pilches

              m&ms brand candies are not kosher for passover- you might want to substitute chocolate chips or kosher for passover lentils which look like m&ms

              1. re: pilches

                I kept mine all week without noticing any deterioration in quality. I think I also made it the day before so it had enough time to set properly. If I recall correctly, I kept mine in a tupperware container in the fridge and would sneak bites all week.

            2. Macaroons are great homemade, and actually very simple. I use Martha Stewart's recipe:
              sugar, coconut, egg whites, vanilla salt.

              1. My wife always makes meringues. Just egg whites sugar and kosher for Passover chocolate chips. They mix up and bake quick and easy and they seem to go over very well. Light and airy for a sweet fix.

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                1. re: scubadoo97

                  we love the following brownie recipe:

                  Our favorite Passover dessert. My husband would eat it all year round!

                  6 ozs pareve chocolate-bittersweet or semisweet
                  ½ cup safflower oil
                  1 cup sugar
                  ¼ tsp. salt
                  2 large eggs
                  2 large egg whites
                  ¾ cup matzah cake meal

                  Melt chocolate with oil. let cool until tepid

                  By hand, use a sturdy spoon to stir in sugar and salt into mixture until combind. Use fork to beat egg whites and eggs ina small bowl until completely incorporated. Add matzah cake meal to mixture and gently stir 3-4 minutes. The batter will become thick. Let rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350°.

                  Use an 8 inch greased pan. When the batter has rested for appx 5 minutes, stir briefly and sprwad into the pan, smoothing the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the center is puffed and the wooden pick comes out clean.

                  Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days or freeze

                  yields: 8-10 servings
                  prep time: appx 10 mins
                  cookign time: appx 40 minutes

                  we also love the NY times chocolate mousse with olive oil