15 Modern Passover Recipes for Your Family's Seder

Dishes so delicious you won't even miss the challah.

Passover Recipes
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Passover recipes are some of the tastiest, most looked-forward to Jewish dishes of the year. Sure, matzo doesn't hold a candle to challah, but matzo ball soup? Kugel? Brisket? (My stomach is growling now—but I guess that's better than locusts raining down on me.)

For your next Passover, try some of our easy recipes for delicious appetizers and main courses—and maybe finish off Seder with some chocolate-covered matzo so the adults feel better about not being able to look for the afikoman. I guess wine helps too, though...

Before you dust off those Haggadahs, recline on your chair-pillows, and try to get Elijah to drink with you; look through our hand-picked Passover recipes to consider during your Seder meal planning, whether you're looking to compliment your traditional dishes or for a new addition to your family's meal. L'chaim!

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Classic Chicken Soup

Passover Recipes: Classic Chicken Soup
Anna Williams

Simmer a whole chicken with carrots, onions, and celery to create a flavorful broth, and then add fluffy matzo balls to round out the soup.

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Matzoh Balls

Matzoh Balls
Jewish Holidays Cookbook

The key to making fluffy, light matzo balls is to pack them loosely; you want them to float when they cook.

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Roasted Salmon With Beet Salad

Roasted Salmon With Beet Salad

While the fish bakes, toss a quick beet and kale salad, made super-quick thanks to pre-cooked beets. A dill dressing makes for a classic pairing, and cuts through the rich salmon.

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Charoset

Charoset
John David Becker

This traditional dish—essential at every Seder ceremony—combines chopped apples, raisins, and walnuts in a sweet, spiced red wine sauce.

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Broiled Asparagus

Broiled Asparagus
Christopher Baker

Broiling this spring vegetable is a quick way to make it tender and brings out its sweet, nutty essence.

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Sautéed Spinach With Basil

Sauteed Spinach With Basil
Ngoc Minh Ngo

Crunchy pine nuts and a healthy dose of sautéed garlic punch up this simple side.

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Horseradish Potato Gratin

Horseradish Potato Gratin
Con Poulos

Thinly sliced russet potatoes bake in a horseradish-infused cream until tender and golden.

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Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables

Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Marcus Nilsson

Browned, juicy chicken thighs mingle with fresh carrots and radishes in a light broth.

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Roast Beef and Onions

Roast Beef and Onions
Con Poulos

Let the meat rest for 15 minutes before slicing to ensure the beef stays juicy.

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Roasted Leg of Lamb With Carrots and Honey-Mint Sauce

Roasted Leg of Lamb With Carrots and Honey-Mint Sauce
Anna Williams

Rub the lamb with a mixture of lemon zest, garlic, and oil to infuse the meat with bright, pungent flavors and aromas as it roasts.

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Braised Lamb Shanks With Fennel

Braised Lamb Shanks With Fennel
Susie Cushner

Brown the lamb in a Dutch oven, and then cook slowly with white wine, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and rosemary until fork-tender and delicious.

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Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket With Potatoes and Carrots

Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket With Potatoes and Carrots
Sang An

This economically priced cut of meat becomes tender and flavorful when cooked low and slow in a mix of tomato paste, coffee, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.

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Lemony Almond Macaroons

Lemony Almond Macaroons
Ellen Silverman

Make these sweet treats up to one week ahead of time. Let them cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake
José Picayo

Before serving, dust this rich, moist cake with confectioners' sugar for an elegant presentation.

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Espresso Truffles

Espresso Truffles
Hector Sanchez

These decadent, coffee-infused bites are rolled in cocoa powder for an extra hint of chocolate.

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