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Mar 31, 2009 08:44 AM

Favorite "everyday" Passover Recipe

I'm trying to decide what to feed the family for the regular days of passover, not a big elaborate seder meal, just a normal weekday dinner. We are big pasta and rice people, don't think I can serve potatoes every night. All ideas are appreciated!

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  1. We don't eat much meat.

    For regular dinners, I serve -- nicoise salad (greens, steamed potatoes, green beans, hardboiled eggs, olives, pickles); vegetarian shepherd's pie (mashed potatoes layered with sauteed veggies, covered with cheese and baked); matzah lasagne; matzah pizza; omelettes; quinoa pilaf (with another salad or grilled fish), etc.

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    1. re: milklady

      The nicoise is a good idea. I never thought of eating quinoa on passover, I'd have to check on that. Thanks!

      1. re: milklady

        matzah pizza and matzah lasagna are favorites with my husband. the lasagna is best prepared and stored in the fridge for a while before baking.. the matzah really softens.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          do you have a recipe for the lasagna? and is matzah pizza just matzah with sauce and cheese?

          1. re: ddelicious

            I make matza lasagne with tomato sauce, ricotta cheese (which you can sometimes get for passover, or use cottage cheese and mush it up) mixed with shredded mozzarella and steamed spinach. It's even better with mushrooms or roasted red peppers added to the sauce. Then layer and bake.

            And matza pizza is exactly matzah w/ sauce and cheese. Toppings per preference -- roasted red peppers, fresh veggies, olives, etc.

            1. re: ddelicious

              For matzah pizza I use the mini 'tea' matzahs. I like to dampen the matzahs slightly before putting the sauce and cheese. Sometimes I use chopped olives or finely chopped broccoli as a topping.

              For the lasagna, I make it as below with ricotta/cottage cheese for a 'lighter' dish, or with layers of matzah, sauce, and mozzarella. Sometimes I add a layer or two of chopped roasted tomatoes and eggplant.

          2. re: milklady

            Not sure if it matters to you but green beans/legumes are not kosher for Passover if you are Ashkenazi.

            1. re: valerie

              Green beans have been changed to ok for passover by some rabbinical authorities.

              One of my passover favorites is a "macaroni" and cheese made with matzo farfel. I don't have the recipe on hand, but it involves soaking the farfel with beaten egg, then adding in butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, and I think another egg, then baking. I also make a matzoh lasagna every year. I soak the boards in a mix of water and a beaten egg. It makes the texture more like pasta.

              You can always grill or bake some chicken or fish, serve it up with some potatoes and a vegetable.

              1. re: AmyH

                exactly, which works for me, but not for everyone. I think asparagus would be a great substitution in nicoise.

          3. matzoh farfel stuffing with lots of sauteed onions and mushrooms. i could eat that even when it is not passover.

            1. You can easily have potatoes everyday without repeating:

              1. Baked potatoes
              2.. Baked sweet potatoes
              3. Oven baked sweet potato fries
              4, Potato pancakes
              5. Roast Potatoes
              6. Mashed Potatoes
              7. Potato Salad

              If you are not home for Sedar, especially since the 3rd and 4th days are a weekend, how about doing a Turkey (or other large roast). Cold meat and oven fries are great meals. It's very seasonal to have a cold salad supper and there are many ideas to choose from; the potato salad, coleslaw, carrot salad, celery root salad (I make one with a vinagrette) serve with other cold veggies, beets are especially nice.

              In addition to the Matzoh lasagna, you can also do a matzoh version of spinach pie.
              Also eggplant can be grilled and/or made into eggplant parmesan. Zuccini can be grilled or fried.

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              1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                I never made this, but I have wanted to. It's a spinach and matzoh pie, like you suggest...


              2. One of the few things that makes Passover tolerable in my house is salami and eggs for dinner. Not something I'd make at any other time of year--but a standard for one (or 2) nights during the Passover week.

                1. Spaghetti Squash can be a good addition/substitute as a base for pasta dishes

                  Try making lasagna with eggplant and zucchini for noodles - i know there are matzoh recipes, but matzoh gets tiresome when you're subbing it in every recipe