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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Passover Dinner

 

Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrating the Jews liberation over 3,000 years ago by God from slavery in Egypt. Passover is celebrated through a ritual dinner called a Seder. The Seder involves the retelling of the story to liberation.
Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine, eating unleavened bread or matzo, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Seder plate and reclining in celebration of freedom (wikipedia). Monday evening, my family gathered for this yearly holiday. The food traditions run just as deep as the rituals and include such courses as matzo ball soup, matzo sandwiches with horseradish and gefilte fish. Gefilte fish is a subject of much debate, much like spam. You either love gefilte or despise it. I happen to enjoy the dish. For those of you unfamiliar, gefilte is made from a poached mixture of ground boned fish, such as carp, whitefish or pike, which is typically eaten as an appetizer. My sister made homemade matzo ball soup and my mother prepared a roast, potatoes and eggplant bake for the main meal. For dessert, I prepared a vanilla custard over strawberries. The custard was light and delicious, exactly the type of dessert you need after a heavy meal. I recommend using extra mint as garnish, as it adds a lovely bright note to the sweet dessert. I hope you try these recipes at home, as you don't need a special holiday to enjoy them!

I have posted the recipe links for you below:

Strawberries and Custard:

http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1813,158175-252196,00.html

Matzo Ball Soup:

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/matzo-ball-soup-with-dill-horseradish-pistou


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