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Passover: A Taste of Tradition

Passover: A Taste of Tradition

Great recipes that will remove your "what am I going to cook for Passover?" worries.


It's Passover season once again, and along with all the cleaning starts the "what am I going to cook?" worries that so many of us have. Try out these great recipes for starters that come from my cookbook, A Taste of Tradition, Feldheim Publishers, where you can find many more tasty and original ideas.

Orange Chicken

1 - 1/2 chicken, skinned and cut up
2 Tbls. olive oil
2 large onions, sliced
3 garlic cloves, diced
1 T. paprika
1/2 tsp. pepper
4 stalks celery, diced
3 large carrots, sliced into rounds
1 green pepper, diced
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup dry or semi-dry white wine

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until clear. Place half of them in the bottom of a baking pan. Place the chicken pieces on top of the onion mixture, upside down, and sprinkle them liberally with half of the paprika and pepper. Add the remaining onions and garlic to the top of the chicken, together with the remaining vegetables. Pour the orange juice and wine over all. Let this marinate in the fridge for several hours or overnight before cooking. Turn the pieces of chicken over, sprinkle them with the remaining spices and cover the pan well. Bake at 375°F / 190°C until fork tender, about 1 hour.

Let's go on now to a tasty and nutritious soup...

Garden Broccoli Soup

1 large head fresh broccoli OR 1 bag 'Bodek' frozen
1 large onion, diced
1 olive oil
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 small potato
2 cups water
1 cup pareve milk
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
10 florets, reserved for garnishing

Sautee onion and peppers in oil until soft. Add water and potato and cook until potato is soft, about 35 minutes. Add seasonings and broccoli; cook another 15 minutes, until broccoli is just soft. Puree until smooth, while adding milk. Serve hot, and add reserved florets to each bowl when serving.

(For dairy option, replace olive oil with table spoon of butter, and cup of pareve milk with skim milk. You can also sprinkle small amount of grated cheese to top of florets when serving.)

And now for one really great cookie, people will hardly believe it's a Passover cookie!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

2 cups potato starch
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups powdered sugar for rolling cookies

With a hand blender, mix together the cocoa, oil, and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Add in dry ingredients and mix until the batter resembles thick paste. Chill batter several hours or overnight covered in fridge. If very liquidy after it's been chilled, you may need to add a bit more potato starch. Preheat oven to 350F/ 180C . Roll batter into balls, then roll each cookie ball in the powdered sugar until well coated. Space evenly apart on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes until just starting to crinkle. Let the cookies cool off on the baking sheets for five minutes. Then remove gently with a spatula. They spread out a lot and are delicate to handle. Freezes well.

Have a very good Passover!
Tamar Ansh


April 1, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 6

(5) P. E., March 11, 2013 9:23 AM

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These cookies look puffed up with Baking Powder to make them
rise. (( WHY?)) Does that not defeat the entire purpose?

(4) olga saltzman, February 13, 2007 5:43 PM

does anyone have a recipe for beblach or kuftelen. my husband's grandmother made this; he loved it; but i have no clue as to what either is.

Sarah, March 21, 2013 10:11 PM


If I am not miskaken---bubalach are mashed potatoes and onions, and seasonings mixed with eggs and fried in oil ====avspoonful at a time.

(3) Anonymous, April 16, 2006 12:00 AM

Haddar Confectioner's Sugar is Kosher for Passover or make your own

Confectioner's Sugar

To make Kosher for Passover confectioner's sugar, replace 1/2 Tbsp. from 1 cup of
sugar with 1/2 Tbsp. potato starch and process until very fine.

(2) Anonymous, April 3, 2006 12:00 AM

powdered sugar

Several well-known heimishe brands of powdered sugar (kosher for pesach) have been available in Cleveland for some time, including this year, and probably in most other cities of comparable or larger size.

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