11 perfect Passover recipes

From homemade matzo to succulent brisket, here's how to cook up your tastiest seder ever

Homemade Matzos

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Homemade Matzos

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

Safta's Mock Liver

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Safta's Mock Liver

"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

Horseradish Beet Sauce

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Horseradish Beet Sauce

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

Wise Sons' Gefilte Fish

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Wise Sons' Gefilte Fish

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

Matzo Ball Soup

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Matzo Ball Soup

Seder isn't complete without this feel-good classic.

Recipe: Matzo Ball Soup

Chopped Endive Salad with Smoked Salmon

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Chopped Endive Salad with Smoked Salmon

This light and refreshing salad is a great first-course dish for seder.

Recipe: Chopped Endive Salad with Smoked Salmon

Red Wine and Onion-Braised Passover Brisket

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Red Wine and Onion-Braised Passover Brisket

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

Roasted Lemon Chicken with Shallots and Potatoes

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Roasted Lemon Chicken with Shallots and Potatoes

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

 

Wine-braised Short Ribs with Parsnips, Carrots, and Artichokes

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Wine-braised Short Ribs with Parsnips, Carrots, and Artichokes

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

Meringue Cups with Strawberries and Meyer Lemon Curd

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Meringue Cups with Strawberries and Meyer Lemon Curd

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

 

Almond Torte with Raspberry Coulis

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Almond Torte with Raspberry Coulis

Ground almonds are the star in this light cake with sweet-tart raspberry sauce.

Recipe:  Almond Torte with Raspberry Coulis

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