Families celebrating Passover are likely to have sets of recipes passed from one generation to the next. And while we value keeping and sharing family traditions, especially in the kitchen, we love the idea of incorporating global flavors and influences into Seder dishes while still following Kosher for Passover rules. Keep in mind, that depending on whether your family is Ashkenazi or Sephardic, the use of grains, beans, lentils, and certain seeds is not permitted. When putting together your menu, be mindful not to combine recipes that have meat and dairy.
Here are some of our favorite recipes with ingredients and flavors that will take you around the world.
The flavors of oregano, basil, and lemon will immediately transform you to the Mediterranean. Carrots, asparagus, and chicken breasts are easy substitutes for green beans and chicken quarters in this recipe; adjusting the cooking time accordingly.
Bright and bold in both taste and look, this roasted fish might be a welcomed change to the traditional gefilte fish at your Seder table. In this recipe, red snapper fillets are topped with a tomato-olive-caper salsa.
This hummus is made from dry garbanzo beans that are first soaked overnight and then cooked until tender. To save time, skip the soaking and cook the dry beans directly in a pressure cooker. Pureed until smooth, this spread is especially creamy from generous amounts of olive oil and tahini paste. Serve it with matzoh crackers. (Note: not Kosher for Passover for Ashkenazi families).
4. Lamb Tagine
Travel to Morocco with this ultimate one-dish meal. Here, lamb is marinated overnight in turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Once marinated, the lamb is slowly braised with vegetables in chicken stock, tomato paste, and honey. If tagine needs thickening, use potato starch instead of cornstarch.
One of Spain’s favorite tapas, this potato omelet is ideal for Passover. Traditionally made with just potatoes, eggs, onions, and olive oil, this recipe adds a bit of color with fresh herbs. We recommend using a mandoline slicer or food processor to cut potatoes into thin, uniform slices. Enjoy the tortilla hot or at room temperature.
This breadcrumb-free recipe for roasted artichokes from Chef John is super-fast and easy. So much so, that Chef John calls it “Wrap and roll!” adding “This recipe is so simple it’s hard to call it a recipe.” Be sure to use good quality olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice for best results.
We love a solid recipe for flourless chocolate cake and this one certainly fits a chocoholic’s wish for a dense, rich cake. To make this a Mexican Flourless Chocolate Cake, add ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper or ancho chile powder to the batter. If you can find it, use Mexican chocolate for half of the chocolate called in the recipe.
Allrecipes community member The Rebbetzin Chef shares this recipe for Persian walnut cookies saying: “These delicately-spiced, rose-scented cookies are the perfect treat for Passover since they contain no flour. They are nutty and rich, and slightly chewy with a crunchy exterior. Pistachios or almonds can be substituted for the walnuts.”
Coconut milk adds a tropical twist to a classic flan recipe. Your family might prefer this coconut dessert to the traditional coconut macaroons served for Passover. If not, serve the two together. Be sure to grease ramekins well to prevent the caramel from sticking.
Speaking of macaroons, here is an Italian version with almonds, egg whites, and almond extract. Recipe creator Kevin Ryan says these cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside right out of the oven, but will crisp up and get crunchy as they cool.
Check out our collection of Passover recipes for more inspiration.