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What to serve for Pre-Passover meal

What's your custom to serve for the meal before the Seder, Monday afternoon ?

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  1. Baked potato bar (choose your own toppings) and scrambled eggs.

    1. Baked salmon and either quinoa or potatoes.

      1. As we shall be running at full speed getting ready for the crowd of diners and sleepover guests, we don't serve that meal in our house.
        Instead, all the out of town guests arrive at our house, drop their belongings in the assigned bedrooms, etc and are directed across the driveway to MIL's house. there will be a cold salad buffet set up in her sunroom. Egg salad, Tuna salad, baba ganoush, egg matzo, crudites with a creamy Italian dressing dip, potato salad, cole slaw, coffee tea, soda, mandelbrot, potato chips and of course chocolates. The boys will probably eat and run for the basketball court or hot tub. The girls will take over MIL's bathrooms and dressing room to start makeup. The adults will come back to our house and unpack and visit.
        If the weather is not condusive to outside activity for the youngsters, then MIL will also Cream of Tomato Soup and Potato Leek Soup. MIL just acts as the hostess, all food will have been cooked, prepped and arranged in our home. As a concession to MIL's age, the meal will be eaten using disposable plates, cups, utensils.

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        1. re: bagelman01

          Hmm, Mil's house, that sounds good!

          1. re: 4greatkds

            This also insures that the younger ones spend some time with Grandma, great aunt, etc.
            If they want to eat they have to visit. By the time we're all gathered at the seder table they may not have time with MIL

        2. Back in the day when the kids were home...I made shepherd's pie..
          Ground beef mixed with onions on the bottom...mashed potatoes mixed with sauteed onions on top...simple and filling...

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          1. re: goldZ

            Any other spices? And how long do you bake for? Uncovered?

          2. My husband will take cottage cheese, fruit and pesach brownies to eat at work.

            1. In my family the pre-passover meal has always been a pot roast cooked with potatos, onions and seasoned with cinnamon -

              1. My mother always served us what her mother served her, which is boiled potatoes with sour cream. I never eat it any other time of the year, but I always make it for myself for my work lunch that day (along with fruit, nuts, and chocolate), because it's so strongly redolent of erev Pesach for me.

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                1. re: GilaB

                  I've got my container of boiled potatoes with sour cream sitting in my work bag, next to a container of scrambled eggs with lox & onions. Chag sameach, everybody!

                2. My mother always had a huge pan of coarsely mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, and olive oil sitting on the stove. There was no official lunchtime but whenever anyone started picking at the holiday food being prepared, she would shoo them away and give them a bowl of this surprisingly hearty and filling lunch. We have a custom of not eating any food that is found on the seder plate before the seder, so no apples, no eggs, no nuts, no roasted meat, etc.

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                  1. re: DevorahL

                    I think I'm going to make this. My toddler will eat it, and leftovers will warm up well. I usually give her a snack/lunch before the chag lunches

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      It's one of those easy, delicious foods you make on Passover and then wonder why you never make it the rest of the year! If you have leftovers, you can bake or fry them into "knishes" to reinvent them as a holiday-worthy side dish.

                      1. re: DevorahL

                        Exactly! Do you use red potatoes or russet potatoes?

                        1. re: cheesecake17

                          We used regular russet potatoes for this, since it was more of a coarse mash than a potato salad. (My parents keep a lot of obscure Passover traditions, including a preference for peeling all fruits and vegetables, so we always used bigger russet potatoes that were easier to peel instead of small red potatoes.)

                          1. re: DevorahL

                            Perfect. Russets are on sale this week, and I'm buying a bag anyway to make steak fries.

                            The peeling tradition isn't so obscure- I've heard a lot of people who keep that tradition

                            1. re: cheesecake17

                              True, where I grew up it was pretty much the norm to peel all produce and not eat anything that couldn't be peeled. But obviously that isn't standard practice everywhere, and many people are taken aback or confused when I mention it. Regardless, as an adult I have modified some of the traditions of my childhood to work better for me, and that was one of the practices that didn't make the cut. With all due respect to those who do it :)

                  2. This is always a very casual meal, not formally served. We usually have some combination of baked potatoes, yogurt, blintzes (frozen Passover ones from a package), veggies, string, cheese, etc. Everyone is always busy with cooking and other prep.

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                    1. re: milklady

                      That's what it's like in my house.
                      My husband works till an hour or two before the chag, so he brings lunch to work.
                      I boil eggs and potatoes and bake a batch of (frozen) blintzes to have in the fridge, so my daughter and I will just pick on that.

                    2. Cocktail meatballs, roast chicken, potato kugel.

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                      1. re: cappucino

                        How do you make your meatballs? All my meatball recipes call for matza meal. Thanks.

                        1. re: EmpireState

                          If you don't use gebrokhts, try cubing (1/2") some peeled eggplant and boil or microwave. It then will mash with a fork and both lighten and extend the ground beef for meatballs.
                          You can also try using some instant mashed potato flakes in place of the matzo meal, but will have to add some water or egg whites

                        2. Simple fruit and yogurt. I also make a point of waking up super early to have one last bagel.

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                          1. re: PotatoPuff

                            Same here! There is nothing quite as good as that pre-Passover bagel, eaten outdoors of course...except maybe the post-Passover pizza!