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Passover 2014

I'm hosting 12 on the first night of Passover. I have a few staples...matzoh ball soup, brisket, apple matzoh kugel.

I'm bored with my potato kugelettes. And I'm looking for a new chicken dish (my husband doesn't like brisket so I make some chicken too). And I always make asparagus but wanted to mix that up as well.

Any new or interesting ideas? Thanks.

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  1. My Israeli friend has served this Sephardi dish at her seder. She has swapped out kosher Passover wine -- both the sweet and the dry versions -- for some of the water in the recipe. Also, she tends to use skinless, boneless chicken thighs rather than the specified breasts to lower the chance of the meat drying out in the reheating.

    Persian Chicken w/Mint, Parsley & Dried Fruit

    Serves 6 to 8

    1 cup dried apricots cut into strips
    1 cup pitted dried cherries or cranberries
    1-1/2 cups water
    3 Tbs. olive oil
    2 large onions, chopped
    1/2 tsp. turmeric
    1 cup chopped chives
    1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
    2 cups chopped parsley
    2 cups chicken stock or water
    3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks
    additional parsley for garnish

    Place dried fruit in medium bowl and cover with water. Soak for 1 hour.

    In a large pan heat the oil. Cook onion until soft, about 5 minutes and then stir in turmeric, chives, mint and parsley. Cook over medium-high heat about 2
    minutes or until fragrant. Add the stock, bring to a boil and cook about 15 minutes. Add the fruit and soaking water and cook another 5 minutes. Add the chicken and simmer 12 to 15 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper and serve sprinkled with parsley.

    1. A simple roasted chicken with some root vegetables such as mashed turnips or mashed whipped cauliflower often is just as delicious, and a real crown pleaser.

      1. I like to make braised chicken dishes for pesach, Moroccan tagines work well. They are better the next day and just go in to warm when the soup is served.
        As an alternative to asparagus we sometimes serve roasted green beans
        At room temp.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions.

          Magiesmom, do you have a specific recipe for a tagine? I have seen various recipes but would love a tried and true one. Thanks.

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          1. re: valerie

            I like this one from epicurious, but I serve the cilantro on the side. It has the advantage of not using cumin which is not eaten by some on Passover
            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

            This is my favorite; you can omit cumin and it is fine.

            http://www.simplyrecipes.com/m/recipe...
            It sounds like you are Ashkenazi and probably don't eat rice( we do) on Passover, you can serve with quinoa if you prefer, or no grain. Sometimes we just use matzo kugel to sop up the sauce.
            These are both better a day or two after cooking. I use bone in thighs just because we like them best.

            1. re: magiesmom

              Thanks! We don't eat rice (or green beans) at the seder, though I am not so strict during the week.

          2. I made this " Braised Chicken and Dates with Moroccan Spices" last year and it was a huge hit:

            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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