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A Thoroughly Modern Passover

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
A Thoroughly Modern Passover

This April, families will gather to celebrate the ancient Jewish holiday of Passover. On the first night, tables are set with the finest china and silver, and the abundant seder feast, an elaborate meal that includes a retelling of the Exodus story, is served. Traditional dishes include a centerpiece roast, seasonal side dishes and flourless, unleavened desserts.

But just because Passover is an ancient holiday is no reason to stay stuck in our old ways with the dishes we make to celebrate. The flavors of Passover lend themselves easily to modern interpretation, and it's no feat at all to create a menu that honors tradition and is still thoroughly of-the-moment.

 

 
  • A citrus salad with Spice Islands® Crystallized Ginger makes a bright and refreshing start to the meal, and will be guests' first clue that they're in for something new and different this holiday. Pass trays of Grilled Potato Chips for noshing as you put the finishing touches on the main course. For a kosher meal with meat, substitute the dairy-based dip with a piquant salsa or tomato sauce.
  • For the main event, a festive celebratory roast is always welcome and makes a great option for feeding a crowd around the seder table. Roast Chicken is elegant and classic for a smaller gathering, Pot Roast is an awesome do-ahead option, and pairs perfectly with a sharp horseradish relish, while Leg of Lamb is seasonal and hearty — serve it with a fresh mint pesto.
  • When you're feasting, don't forget the sides. Lemony Roasted Asparagus is a perfect springtime dish, and grilled Sweet Potato Hash or Fruit and Nut Stuffed Acorn Squash are hearty enough for vegetarians who want to make it a main.
  • It would be hard to get more modern than a chile-spiked flourless chocolate cake for dessert, but Spiced Meringues with Chocolate Sauce might just give it a run for the money. Either way, you'll be ending the dinner of the year on a decidedly sweet note.

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, culinary instructor and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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