Category Archives: Passover – Sephardic

The recipes in this category are Kosher for Sephardic Passover, which means they may contain kitniyot.

To learn more about the Jewish Passover holiday, click here. To learn more about the Passover kosher laws, click here.

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Schmaltz and Gribenes

Posted in: Appetizers

How to render chicken fat to create the luscious golden cooking oil known as schmaltz, as well as crispy and delicious gribenes. Kosher, Jewish.

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Mujadara

Posted in: Entrees

Learn to make mujadara in the traditional Indian style – fluffy white basmati rice, tender brown lentils, cumin & salt with caramelized onions.

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Strawberry Topping

Strawberry Topping

Posted in: Breakfast

How to make a fresh strawberry topping for ice cream, blintzes, cheesecake, waffles, anything! Kosher, pareve, gluten free, dairy free.

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Butternut Squash Soup with Chickpeas

Posted in: Appetizers

Today’s recipe is a soup that I adapted from an old Sephardic Israeli family recipe. It utilizes two popular Middle Eastern ingredients, chickpeas and butternut squash, to create a hearty soup that is low in calories and full of fiber. The natural sweetness of the squash really compliments the nutty flavor of the chickpeas. The …

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Tishpishti

Tishpishti

Posted in: Desserts

Our next Sephardic dessert originated in Turkey. The word for the dish, Tishpishti, has a number of different English spellings (tishpitti, tezpishti, etc.). Jews adopted the cake because, like macaroons, it is generally unleavened and can be eaten during Passover. The cake’s flavor is quite exotic; it’s a dense cake that is soaked in sugary …

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Lemony Almond Macaroons

Posted in: Desserts

Learn to make Lemony Almond Macaroons & learn the Italian history of macaroons. Inspired by Sephardic Jewish tradition. Kosher for Pesach, pareve

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Shiksa Lamb Shanks

Posted in: Entrees

Last week I talked a bit about the differences between what Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews consider kosher for Passover. One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that some of our Sephardic friends serve lamb for the Seder, while our Ashkenazi friends do not. Recently I asked Rabbi Olitsky at the Jewish Outreach Institute why …

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Spinach matzo mina

Spinach Matzo Mina

Posted in: Dairy

This week, we are focusing on Seder entrées. I have many vegetarian friends, so I thought I’d offer a veggie option—the matzo mina. A matzo mina is a Sephardic layered pie, somewhat like lasagna, in which matzos are substituted for noodles. Some are made with ground meat, some with eggplant. Today’s recipe is a vegetarian …

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Farah Chicken

Farah’s Roast Chicken

Posted in: Entrees

Today’s chicken recipe was taught to me by our Persian Jewish friend Farah, though she stressed that it’s not a Persian dish. She learned this simple roasting method when she was living in Israel many years ago. I like to double the recipe and roast two chickens; place them side-by-side on a platter and garnish …

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