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All Appetizer Seder

We're having a non-traditional seder and I'd like to serve everything appetizer-style. Some ideas we've come up with already: kugel in mini muffin tins, horseradish crusted salmon bites, gefilte fish terrine, and maybe brisket skewers with olives...Anyone out there have any other creative ideas? Big thanks!!!

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  1. seared tuna with sesame crust
    pate with sweet pickle slice on garlic KP tam tam cracker (chopped liver)
    caviar with chopped egg, shallot, creme fresh on tam tam
    horseradish devil egg
    potato pancakes

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    1. re: dining with doc

      My contribution to the seder will be meatballs with tomato sauce and broccoli rabe, and a jicama apple salad. They are sides, but could be made more like appetizers too. I think i'll replace the pork in the balls with lamb. The salad should be a nice acidic, fruity foil to the traditional brisket. Gonna work out the recipes on Saturday.

      1. re: BelgianBeerMistress

        Could you give a recipe for your jicama apple salad? Thanks,

        1. re: BelgianBeerMistress

          my wife makes a great meatball dish where she makes the meatballs, puts them in a pot and adds tomatoe sauce and grape jelly, garlic and then cooks the meatballs in the sauce. very good

        2. re: dining with doc

          FYI - sesame seeds are kitniyot. I hope I didn't burst any bubbles.

          1. re: craigcep

            It wasn't all that long ago that sesame seeds were just fine. Remember those Joyva sesame candies that would always turn up on coffee tables before the seder? I'm not sure if I miss them or not.

            1. re: rockycat

              I was very fond of them. And you're right, it wasn't that many years ago.

              1. re: AdinaA

                The Joyva products for Passover are not certified by the Kof K as they are during the rest of the year because they contain kitniyos.

                1. re: chicago maven

                  Yes. The point is that not that many years ago they has a hechscher for Pesach every year. The sesame candies did not change. The minhag did.

                  1. re: AdinaA

                    I've eaten sesame candies specifically on Passover for almost 70 years now, and noticed this year that they aren't around on the Passover shelves. How did sesame suddenly become kitniot after all these years of being THE Passover candy? It doesn't make sense (and I'll miss them).

                    1. re: Sema

                      Actually, they were always Kitniyot, but the supervising Rabbi at Joyva didn't believe that Kitniyot were chometz, if your tradition didn't allow Kitniyot on Pesach, it was up to you not to buy/consume them.
                      The rabbi died years before Joyva changed supervision and the widow continued to sell Joyva KLP labels with her late husband's name on them. Sometimes their kids would make an insoection visit and leave labels and collect the check. I know the name but will not post it here to dishonor the dead.

                      Many American Jews will buy any product marked KLP without any understanding of whether or not it may be halachically oermissable for the buyer.
                      I was always amazed that Egg Matzo was marked KLP, but in the Hebrew it would state only permitted for the elderly of infirm.

          1. Stuffed mushroom caps, filled with minced meat and onions

            marinated artichoke hearts

            grape leaves stuffed with minced meat, Moroccan spicing

            Sounds like fun.

            1. We always serve a lot of appetizers as karpas. Most popular are artichokes with homemade pesach mayonnaise; asparagus, celery and carrot sticks. We make different dips, including the ever popular guacamole. You could also stuff small tomatoes with chopped egg, or piped egg yoke, or with a mixture of fresh parsley and chopped tomato sauteed with matza meal or farfel. Same with mushrooms. Or just marinate the mushrooms
              For dessert, I suggest fresh strawberries either dipped in chocolate or simply sprinkled with a little sugar and macerated with basalmic vinegar. (This makes it's own sauce so you could serve this on tiny Pesach muffins or even squires of sponge or other Pesach cake.)

              1. What a great idea! Inspired me to have appetizers for dinner tonight to clean out our refrigerator and freezer. We cut everything that was left over into small pieces and passed them around a candle lit table. Kids thought it was hillarious.

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                1. re: mamaleh

                  I meant to write quinoa, stuff grape leaves with meat and quinoa.

                  1. re: AdinaA

                    There is a question as to whether quinoa is kitnyios . If you are Ashkenazic, you should consult a halachic authority.

                    1. re: Doctormhl1


                      The status of quinoa for Pesach has been discussed extensively on this board; do a search for the other threads, if you wish. I would guess that by now, most of us have made our decisions as to whether we are going to use it or not.

                2. I love this idea and may use it next year since I already have planned this year's menu!

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                  1. re: veggielover

                    baked kale with out the stem is delicious

                    fresh small different color peppers, that come in two or three pound bags, cut them length and then stuff and crispy pepper with a soft inside yum also the different colors on the plate makes it extremely appetising. We eat with our eyes sooooooooo

                    cook a beet with chicken breast strips then when cooled shread and make a salad that can be stuffed into the peppers or served as a salad. The ingredients are dependent on your crowds taste but it would be a unsual conversation

                  2. Interesting idea, but beware of thinking appetizers are easier. We have meals from a different country every Friday night, going through the alphabet. One year I made the mistake of deciding that "X" should be "appetizers from many countries," instead of the usual "wild card." What I discovered is that appetizers tend to be very labor-intensive and making a whole meal out of a whole bunch of them was a lot more time consuming that using main dishes (always two at our table, one meat, one vegan) and side dishes.
                    That being said, we always serve a variety of appetizers at "karpas." These include: asparagus spears with vegan mayonnaise, celery and carrot sticks, guacamole, parsley, small boiled or roasted red potatoes. We got the idea from "A Different Night" and consulted our local Rabbi.
                    We find that giving people real appetizers early in the evening makes everyone more focused and able enjoy the seder before the meal.

                    1. Sweet potato tsimmes topped with marshmallow in mini tart tins. Matza ball soup shooters served with tiny spoons.

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                      1. re: mamaleh

                        What is a matza ball shooter? Great idea for the regular sedar since there is so much food.

                        What type of dishes do you use?


                        1. re: laura10952

                          Regular matzah ball soup and a single mini matah ball. Sake or chinese tea cups for serving. You can use a cocktail fork for the matzah ball, but it will be difficult to pick up. I would use mini spoons instead, like mini ice cream tasting spoons.