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All time favorite Seder recipes

How about a chance to post your all time favorite recipes for the seder meal? We could subdivide the thread into Askenaz and Sephard recipes, depending on the response. Might be a real good thing for people planning their first seder - or their 30th!

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  1. 1 of my favorite Pesach recipes -- for the seder or any meal -- is apple kugel,
    Basically just thin sliced apples held together with an egg or 2, baked in an oiled pan. Can add cinnamon &/or chopped nuts if desired. Doesn't need sugar IMO.
    The top layer of apples get all chewy & yummy.

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    1. re: almond tree

      That sounds absolutely amazing! I might need to try that...

      1. re: almond tree

        I'm going to try this, maybe for dessert.

        1. re: almond tree

          almond tree,
          could you post the recipe for that apple kugel? Thanks.

          1. re: bcc

            With pleasure.

            PESACH APPLE KUGEL (Adapted from The Spirit & Spice of Kosher Passover Cooking)

            6 apples, peeled, cored & sliced very thin
            2 eggs, beaten with 2 TBSP potato starch
            2 TBSP oil (walnut gives a great flavor)
            2 TBSP apple or orange juice
            1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional
            1/2 cup ground nuts, optional
            pinch salt
            (The original recipe called for 3/4 c sugar as well, but I never add it.)

            Mix all ingredients well and pour into an oiled 8" x 8" baking pan. Recipe says to bake at 350 F for 1 hour -- that doesn't sound right. I think I give it about 1/2 hour, till it's nice & brown on top.

            1. re: almond tree

              Hi almond tree,

              The apple kugel was a big hit. I used walnut oil and cinnamon and baked it for about 40 minutes, since I more than doubled the recipe. Everyone loved it, including my wife and daughter, who were both horrified that I left out the sugar.

        2. Are we talking just for the seder or the entire passover?
          For the seder my family usually does a variation on Thankgiving dinner: turkey, stuffing made from matzah farfel, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.
          If we are talking all of passover then my favorite is eggplant rollatini stuffed with a mixture of riccotta, spinach and parmasean.

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          1. re: EllieS

            Let's stick with seder for the moment and try to post actual recipes so that people can recreate our favorites.

          2. Whole turkey, brisket, chicken parts with matzah crumbs, turkey roast.

            I also make a lot of roasted carrots, beets, zucchini.
            Last year we koshered our BBQ, so I grilled lots of vegetables and left them in containers in the fridge.

            Bought a new wok this year. Planning to keep it parve and use it for sautéeing vegetables. Don't care much for matzah and Passover snacks, so I like to have lots of cooked vegetables in the house

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            1. re: cheesecake17

              during chol hamoed, we grill a lot of kebabs on the bbq grill

              Chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, veal with fresh veg.

              This year the kids bought me a smaller size Green Egg so i'll be smoking brisket, short ribs and poultry for Pesach.

              I am basically a carnivore. If wife or kids want dairy, they fend for themselves.

              1. re: bagelman01

                Meat is easier (to me) on pesach. There's only so much matzah pizza I can handle. Last year I grilled chicken cutlets and made my husband a chopped chicken salad for lunch- lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, grilled zucchini, potatoes. He really enjoyed it.

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  40 years ago when I got my first apartment as a single adult, I made it an all Fleishige apartment. I drink my coffee black, don't like cereal and milk, and use margarine, not cream cheese on a bagel.

                  For years there was little selection of Pesach dairy outside of NY. I don't eat yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, so why bother............

                  Most lunches on Pesach are a cold salad with cut up deli or leftover meats/poultry for a fleishige chef salad.

                  My kids miss pasta on Pesach, so one night I make them spaghetti squash with a tomato meat sauce

                  1. re: bagelman01

                    Wow! I couldn't imagine an all fleishig home. I like coffee with my milk :) not the other way around!

                    While my husband likes meat, I could easily go without. Cheese, yogurt, vegetables. The sickly sweet hemeishe yogurts aren't really my thing...I'm happy Dannon will be back this year!

                    Tomato meat sauce... I like the idea! May borrow it when we have company

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      I learned to drink coffee as an after dinner drink. Mom served meat every night, hence black coffee. Growing up we had two meat meals every day (Lunch and dinner).

                      I find that I try to make meals as close to 'normal' during Pesach to keep my kids and wife happy. So if they like spaghetti and meatballs, then spaghetti squash and tomato meat sauce or meatballs works.

                      When the kids were small, chicken nuggets with a Pesach cake meal crumb dip worked fine.

                      Meatloaf seems the same, chometzdiche or for Pesach.
                      Chicken breast, hot dogs, hamburgers or steak on the grill is easy and familiar. The simpler the meals, the less complaints I get. One year my wife tried all kinds of 'Pesach recipes' for substitute food, such as matzo lasagne, matzo pizza, etc. The kids couldn't wait until Pesach was over to eat normal food. the following year we did it my way and there were no complaints about wanting regular food.

                      One rule we follow, if we wouldn't buy it all year, we don't buy it just cause its made for Pesach, so no bubble gum, cotton candy, terrible fruit slices, jel rings and assorted terrible quality chocolate.

                      1. re: bagelman01

                        Totally a sidebar, but I have to laugh reading about the fleishig apartment. The Spouse will never have coffee any way but black and it never occurs to him that other people do it differently. When we were engaged and invited to the rabbi's house for Shabbat lunch, he just couldn't get why there was no coffee served after the meal. You could see the lightbulb go off over his head when I explained that many people use milk with coffee and the rabbi obviously doesn't have parve creamer in the house, so no coffee.

                        My kid is the same as yours. Won't eat Pesach food at all so plain grilled meat and steamed veggies all week. She complains endlessly until she can get the real deal again.

                        1. re: bagelman01

                          Speaking of awful pesach food, a relative once purchased pesach "pancakes." Completely and totally inedible.

                          In my house, we eat a lot of matzah pizza, husband and kid like it. Matzah lasagna is a once a year special, but I know people who make it year round.

                          This year I am truly not going overboard. Ifi don't buy it normally, I am not buying it for pesach!

                          1. re: cheesecake17

                            Same. We buy borscht for Pesach, not during the rest of the year, but otherwise, I can live without an awful lot of things for 1 week. I've got to admit, though, my life would be a lot easier if we could drop this silly kitniyot thing and finally have rice.

                            On the upside, we use a lot more fresh food during Pesach. How bad can that be?

                            1. re: rockycat

                              We eat rice, but I can say I don't enjoy checking it!

                              We also eat lots of fresh food - apples, grapes, zucchini, carrots.

                                1. re: queenscook

                                  They do, but it's ridiculously expensive. Maybe $5/lb... And this week Carolina was on sale in key food for $7.99/20 lbs

                                  1. re: cheesecake17

                                    Well, the way I look at these things is . . . what value do I place on my time? If it would take an hour to check a pound of rice, and it costs $5, is my time worth that $5? Since $5 is probably less than babysitters now make per hour, kal v'chomer, I would have to say an hour of MY time is certainly worth that.

                                    But, alas--and shockingly(!)--not everyone sees things my way.

                                    1. re: queenscook

                                      I know what you're saying... It's not that I won't or can't do it... It's just tedious. Usually I check enough to fill a gallon size ziplock. After kiddo goes to sleep, or during nap time, with the radio on.

                                2. re: cheesecake17

                                  Apparently, starting this year there is rice available in the US with a hechsher for Pesach. Whether you can find it or not is another question.
                                  http://www.kashrut.com/Passover/PAler...

                            2. re: bagelman01

                              Has anyone tried Matzolah? I think its supposed to be like granola. The advertisement says that it one a prize at the kosher festival.

                  2. or even be more divisive>>Gebroks or Non Gebroks.

                    My favorite is a gatzeh Tzimmes with 8 or more kinds of dried fruits, honey, cinnamon, a whole brisket and a few dozen matzo balls that cook in the tzimmes. Carrots, sweet potaoes, white potatoes, canned pinapple, pineapple juice and whatever else I feel like throwing in.

                    The fruit and veg gets served as a veg the first seder. The brisket gets served the second seder, as brisket is never great the first day.

                    Of course if non-gebroks no kneidel in the tzimmes and why bother?

                    1. i love trying out different interesting main and side dishes, and i mix and match between savory and sweet - i'll have matzoh farfel with pan-fried sweetbreads, or a stuffed breast of veal, whole roast turkey or a rack of beef ribs for the main. as a side dish i'll do apple or blueberry "kugel", roasted cauliflower or broccoli, truffle-mashed potatoes or a sweet potato mash. i love pesach!