From homemade matzo to succulent brisket, here's how to cook up your tastiest seder ever
This easy recipe, served at Wise Sons’ Seder pop-up in San Francisco, is from Beauty’s Bagel Shop in Oakland, CA.
Recipe: Homemade Matzos
"My grandmother (my safta, Hebrew for grandma) always made this mock liver because she felt it to be healthier than one made
with liver and shmaltz (chicken fat)," says Evan Bloom of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco. The recipe is like
a vegetable pâté, and Bloom and Wise Sons co-owner Leo Beckerman put it on the menu for Passover.
Recipe: Safta's Mock Liver
This vibrant, shocking pink sauce, called maror, is served with matzo along with haroseth as part of the seder ceremony. It’s also great with short ribs during the meal.
Recipe: Horseradish Beet Sauce
As an answer to gefilte fish from a jar, which can be heavy and strong-flavored, Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman of Wise Sons
Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco created this very fresh and mild-tasting homemade version for Passover. The gefilte fish
have a texture like light matzo balls, and are served with a carrot applesauce. Wise Sons also serves their own fresh horseradish
sauce, but we've opted to buy it.
Recipe: Wise Sons' Gefilte Fish
Seder isn't complete without this feel-good classic.
Recipe: Matzo Ball Soup
This light and refreshing salad is a great first-course dish for seder.
Recipe: Chopped Endive Salad with Smoked Salmon
For Passover, Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco make this classic brisket, slow-braised
in the oven with plenty of onions that get nice and sweet.
Recipe: Red Wine and Onion-Braised Passover Brisket
While brisket is more traditional seder fare, there's something soulfully delicious about a perfectly roasted chicken.
Recipe: Roasted Lemon Chicken with Shallots and Potatoes
A deeply flavorful send-off to winter―with lots of spring vegetables thrown in. Inspiration was drawn from The Gourmet Jewish Cook (William Morrow Cookbooks, 1999; $20) by Judy Zeidler.
Recipe: Wine-braised Short Ribs with Parsnips, Carrots, and Artichokes
We love the combination of sweet strawberries and tangy-floral Meyer lemons. The recipe is from Karen Mitchell, owner of the
Model Bakery in St. Helena, Calif.
Recipe: Meringue Cups with Strawberries and Meyer Lemon Curd
Ground almonds are the star in this light cake with sweet-tart raspberry sauce.
Recipe: Almond Torte with Raspberry Coulis