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Apr 2, 2009 01:29 PM

Vegan, Kosher for Passover Recipes

My daughter's best friend is vegan. Since she is invited to our seder next week, I would like to have something for her to eat besides steamed veggies and fruit platter.

My appetizers all contain animal products (chopped liver, fish and eggs). I want to serve something other than cruite and salsa for her; it's not festive enough. My family looks forward to my traditional entrees... brisket and roast turkey, so I'll also add vegan sides and desserts.

I'm roasting potatoes with onions - would usually use a combo of shmaltz and canola oil (I get shmaltz crazy when cooking for Jewish holidays), but I'll stick with just canola like the rest of the year.

I'll probably do stuffed mushrooms with matzah meal. Though I usually use chicken broth to keep them lo-cal, I'll use olive or canola oil for moisture.

Any other ideas, especially vegan tsimmes and desserts are welcome!

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  1. Have you checked this post? Some discussion of vegan possibilities there.

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    1. re: lgss

      It helps, thanks. Didn't see any desserts, though.

      1. re: amymsmom

        There's a vegan fruit cake recipe (and quite a lot of glutenfree baked goods) in this month's COTM, Breakfast Lunch Tea

    2. Dessert -- the only thing I can think of is a sorbet or granita (besides fresh fruit).

      Tzimess is easy to make vegan -- stewed or baked sweet potatoes, potatoes, prune, carrots, onions, etc. cooked with some water and honey and spices.

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        1. re: twinmommy

          vegans usually don't eat honey since it's an animal byproduct. you can prob use sugar instead.

          to keep your stuffed mushrooms low calorie and vegan, use vegetable broth. you can make your own or buy it in a package. you can make stuffed eggplant for your vegan guest and the rest of your family if you want to make something more filling than stuffed mushrooms.

          for dessert- what about a layered tiramisu. ingredients are vegan and parve- passover lady fingers, hadar or rich's whip, cocoa powder, sugar, grated chocolate. or you could make chocolate covered strawberries.

          1. re: cheesecake17

            You could also use maple syrup for the tsimmes; it complements the flavors of the other ingredients.

            You could dip a variety of fruits in chocolate, including dried fruits, as well as strawberries.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              Some vegans will not eat refined sugar (white or brown), either, as bone char is used in the refining process. I use evaporated cane sugar, and maple sugar when cooking for vegan guests.

            2. re: twinmommy

              Of course note, that was silly of me. I agree some sugar will work (as will skipipng it).

              1. re: twinmommy

                vegetarians yes,
                vegans normally NO

            3. I usually make a ratatouille for my seder and it is a great side or perfect vegan main course. A nice vegan side is baba ganoush For dessert you could try making passover brownies and just using egg substitutes and dark chocolate to make sure it is vegan. Another dessert is a vegan pudding or a fruit compote or pudding.

              1. Chocolate covered toffee matza is a sweet dessert that's egg-free.

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                1. re: serenarobin

                  Just printed a copy from another Chow post. However, since I'm using bittersweet chocolate for the dipped fruit, I'll use milk chocolate for the Caramel Matzoh Crunch. I'll use butter, not pareve margarine, so it won't be vegan, but another tasty chocolate dessert!

                2. Thanks for your ideas. Here are some thoughts so far...

                  I added veggie broth to my grocery list, for the mushrooms.

                  May serve sweet potatoes or beets for a second starch.

                  My favorite Israeli grocery store has a teriffic selection of olives. I'll definitely do that.

                  Have a recipe for grilled, marinated zucchini and yellow squash. Will do that if it's warm enough to barbeque - otherwise I can roast them.

                  And finally, how did I forget chocolate dipped strawbs? I was going to do a flourless chocolate cake, but a nice sheet of white and semisweet dipped strawberries would look and taste great!

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                  1. re: amymsmom

                    Chocolate isn't vegan if it's got any milk product in it.

                    1. re: irishnyc

                      White and semisweet chocolate usually have milk solids. Bittersweet and dark often do not.