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Does anyone here celebrate Passover? What do you normally eat during Passover?

Asked by Jude (32198points) April 6th, 2009

Also, if you have a favorite (Jewish) recipe, would you be willing to share?

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MrItty's avatar

Every couple of years, my half-Jewish friend will decide to celebrate, and invite myself and other friends (of all beliefs and non-beliefs) to dinner. We have matzaball soup and potato latkes.

skfinkel's avatar

I, with my family, celebrate Passover. It’s got so many distinctive dishes, each one that we just have only at Passover. We always say it’s so delicious, why not have it at other times of the year, but it never happens. The main difference is no unleavened anything—so matzoh instead of bread, and lots of eggs whipped up in place of baking soda, baking powder, or any yeast. There are great recipes for vegetables, one is tsimmes which is lots of root vegetables baked together. Here’s one link, but there a lots of others to explore. Yum.

oratio's avatar

Eggs, a swedish potato called “Jansson’s temptation”, lots of different pickled herring and potato, and sandwitches. Quite swedish.

tejano_me's avatar

I attended a Passover Sader once many years ago. as i recall, the entire meal is something of a ritual and each of the foods eaten have some significance within the context of the ritual – sweet and bitter herbs are a serving i recall very distinctly.

in all, a very interesting experience.

Mtl_zack's avatar

Matzah Brei (spelling?), matzah piza, matzah with creme cheese, leftovers from the seder, charoset, vodka (because you’re not allowed having beer lol).

janbb's avatar

My favorite thing to eat on Passover – not at the seder – is matzoh with salted butter on it. It’s addictive!

srmorgan's avatar

@janbb Matzoh and butter, yeah! It drives my wife crazy when I occasionally put half a slice in the toaster just to allow the butter to melt more easily. The risk is that the Matzoh might ignite which kind of stinks up the kitchen and I have ruined a toaster or two over the years.

@mtl_zach, I love Matzoh Brei but I can’t seem to do it the way my grandmother did it, maybe it is just the memory from childhood that I can’t duplicate. Wait 30 years and you’ll understand what I am talking about.

At the start of the Seder, there is a line where you pick up a piece of Matzoh (skfinkel, should it be capitalized?) and say “this is the bread of affliction” and the entire seder is tied up with telling the story of the Exodus and the meal is filled with rituals.

One thing I remember from my childhood, or maybe my teen years, was that I was given the job of making Charoseth, which if my memory has not faded, contained finely chopped apples and walnuts and something to bind it. It was meant to symbolize the mortar than we used to build the pyramids when we were slaves in Egypt.

Those of you who are non-Jews should know or learn that the Last Supper was a Passover Seder and this year the Passover holiday obviously coincides with Easter weekend.


Likeradar's avatar

@srmorgan YUM, charoseth. You just reminded me to make some.

I don’t follow the dietary restrictions of Passover, but I take it as the go-ahead to eat all the matzo ball soup my little heart desires. and that’s a lot

Zen's avatar

Yep. Everything.

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