Simple Seder

Our updated Passover menu features roast chicken with lemon, paprika, and sage; spring asparagus, and a salad of endive and smoked salmon

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Seder countdown

Up to one week ahead: Order a large roasting chicken from your butcher (see recipe notes); you can order a kosher chicken from for $2.49 per pound plus shipping (be sure to indicate the size chicken you want when placing your order). Also shop for wine to serve with dinner.

Up to 3 days ahead: Hard-cook eggs for salad.

Up to 8 hours ahead: Set table; to decorate, group a few seasonal blossoms (we used Iceland poppies for their bright spring colors and elegant shapes) in small, matching vases for a simple, pretty centerpiece.

Up to 4 hours ahead: Make crumble.

2 1/2 hours ahead: Begin preparing chicken, potatoes, and shallots.

2 hours ahead: Toss asparagus with oil and seasonings; arrange in pan.

1 1/2 hours ahead: Roast chicken.

1 hour ahead: Assemble salad and make dressing; cover separately and chill.

20 minutes ahead: Roast asparagus.

10 minutes ahead: Dress and garnish salad.


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