Monday, March 22, 2010

Passover Seder Menu

My menu came together this year much quicker than usual.  Simple is my theme this year.  I love brisket for the Holy days but kosher brisket for my family could cost as much as $75 for one roast.  But Meal Mart has a sliced brisket meal with gravy and carrots that is very delicious.  Fortunately, our supermarket stocks it this time of year and I was able to find several that I've tucked in my freezer.  I am not usually fond of prepared foods and I rarely purchase them but this brisket is an exception.  One tray will feed 4 to 6 people.

I am also fixing lamb.  I know that most Jews do not eat lamb at Passover because they do not want anyone to think they are eating the paschal lamb but my husband loves lamb and insists we have it for our meal.  We stuff it with fresh garlic and rosemary and cook it outside on the grill. 

We live in a small town but we do have a little local grocery store which stocks local produce.  I love shopping there for my produce as I always find some good deals.  A couple of weeks ago I found a 50 lb. bag of new potatoes for $4.99 - We plant potatoes every year so I figured even if a lot of them were going to seed, it was still worth it as we've paid $6 for a small bag of just seed potatoes.

So one of my sides is a delicious and very simple recipe for Parsley New Potatoes.  Other sides I am serving are: Roasted Asparagus, Corn (for the picky eaters at my table) and Israeli Olive Salad.  I haven't really settled on dessert yet but I am considering Apple and Pear Crisp with Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. 

As a treat for my family and closest friends during Passover, we smoke salmon fillets and I use some of it to make a Smoked Whitefish Spread that is really good with Matzah.  I can't give away the brine recipe my husband uses but the spread recipe is in the recipe section.

I usually do two seders but my daughter-in-law is hosting the second one this year and I am so looking forward to just being a guest.  I hope your Passover plans come together and you are able to celebrate your deliverance with peace in your heart.

Chag Sameach

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