21 Recipes for a Passover Feast

These recipes make it easy to gather your family and friends around the table for a special meal.

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Classic Braised Brisket

This is a brisket worthy of a celebration. Most braised briskets are made with just the flat. Ours is a whole cut (which includes the flat and the point), that is braised in white wine and chicken stock with a mix of sweet onions, leeks and pearl onions. The result is super tender meat with an almost French onion soup-like sauce that is perfect for a Passover crowd. A fresh salad of raw shallots, scallions, parsley, mint and a splash of vinegar tops the roast, providing a bright counterpoint to the richness of the slow-cooked onions and meat.

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Matzo Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

This version of pillowy gnocchi uses finely ground matzo meal in place of the usual semolina or all-purpose flour, making them a comforting dish for a Passover meal. Like traditional Northern Italian gnocchi, we use starchy potatoes in the dough, bind it with egg, then form the mixture into bite-sized dumplings that get a quick boil. Sage and butter is a classic Italian sauce for gnocchi and is ideal for a Passover dairy menu. You can serve it as either an entree or hearty side dish.

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Roasted Carrots with Za'atar

Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend made with toasted sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram and sumac.

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Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

"Every nationality has some kind of chicken soup. It's one of the simplest meals you can make and almost everyone can find a chicken and some vegetables to cook up a big, satisfying pot of soup for the family. Some people even ascribe magical medicinal qualities to chicken soup, and who am I to disagree? The Greeks have a chicken and lemon soup called avgolemono, Italians make tortellini en brodo, the Vietnamese have pho and, of course, the Chinese make egg drop soup with chicken broth. I grew up on chicken soup with matzo balls, so that's my particular favorite. The broth starts with whole chickens and vegetables, plus fresh herbs like parsley and thyme, an entire head of garlic and lots of salt and pepper. I simmer it away for hours while I futz around the house and make some easy matzo balls. I end up with a rich, delicious soup that will delight everyone on a cold night!" says Ina.

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Mix together apples, pistachios and dates for a sweet Passover relish.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This gluten-free cake can be enjoyed at room temperature, but chilling it totally transforms the texture and makes it super-dense.

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Roast Turkey Breast with Glazed Vegetables

Sweet potatoes, turnips, fennel and onions are coated in a sweet honey mixture and roasted along with the turkey.

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Matzo Gnocchi with Brisket Ragu

This hearty dish combines two Passover favorites, brisket and matzo, in a fun, meaty recipe that's loosely based on Italian bolognese. To make easy work out of shredding the brisket for this ragu, we opted to braise it whole in the oven until it's fall-apart tender. Kosher meats are quite salty, so we don't specify salting the brisket before searing it. If you're using non-kosher meat, however, we recommend that you sprinkle it with salt before browning it.

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Matzo Apple Tea Cakes

These simple tea cakes are the perfect post-seder treat, but we won't tell if you make an extra batch for breakfast the next day.

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Eggplant Matzo Lasagna

Here's a great way to turn a classic comfort dish into a Passover-friendly crowd pleaser. Matzo is swapped in for pasta and layered with matzo-coated eggplant, creamy ricotta, homemade tomato sauce and (of course!) lots of mozzarella. It just might become a staple for many holidays to come.

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Chocolate Toffee Matzo Candy

This sweet-and-salty holiday treat made with matzo is so delicious, you'll probably want to make it all year.

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Matzo Brei

Matzo brei, best described as a mix between scrambled eggs and Passover-friendly French toast, is a breakfast favorite during Passover (and the rest of the year, too, if we're being honest). Pro tip: Try swapping salt and pepper for cinnamon and sugar to make it even more delicious.

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Flourless Almond-Honey Cake with Candied Lemon

If you celebrate Passover or eat gluten-free, you'll agree: Baking without all-purpose flour is no piece of cake. Our test kitchen chefs tweaked this recipe 10 times to get it right. At first the cake turned out too dry and dense (like many flourless cakes). Upping the potato starch gave the cake a softer texture, but without any leaveners the result was like a thick cookie. Then the chefs discovered the secret: They folded beaten egg whites into the batter, and the cake became light and airy.

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Roasted Capon With Quinoa-Olive Stuffing

Capon is a type of fatty rooster, but you can make this dish with any large roasting chicken.

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Flourless Walnut-Date Cake

This crunchy fruit and nut flourless cake is a rich, moist Passover treat.

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Braised Short Ribs

Wolfgang Puck makes these short ribs for a Passover feast.

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Matzo Red Velvet Cake

No one will know that there's no leavening in this cake. For the best texture, be sure to use matzo cake meal (not matzo meal) and kosher potato starch.

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Spiced Tea Punch

Cinnamon-spiced iced apple tea makes the perfect springtime sip.

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Matzo Ice Cream Sandwiches

These old-school ice cream sandwiches have a secret ingredient: matzo! These sandwiches make the perfect treat for Passover — but they're so good, you might want to have them year-round.

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Lemon Sponge Cake With Glazed Strawberries

This lemon cake swaps flour for matzo cake meal and ground almonds.

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Potato Kugel

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish often served at holidays. At Passover, a savory potato kugel is most common—a noodle kugel isn’t allowed because pasta isn’t kosher for Passover. This recipe hits all the traditional notes using schmaltz (chicken fat) to cook the onions and a dairy-free egg custard to hold the kugel all together. But instead of shredding all the potatoes I use frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, which are a great shortcut when you’ve got a whole dinner to make!Save Recipe

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