Gefilte Fish (Ashkenazi Jewish): This traditional dish consists of ground fish (commonly whitefish, carp, and pike) mixed with onions, eggs, and matzo meal, then shaped into balls or patties and poached. It is typically served chilled with a tangy sauce
Charoset (Sephardic Jewish): This sweet fruit and nut mixture symbolizes the mortar used by Jewish slaves in ancient Egypt. There are many variations of charoset from around the world, such as Sephardic-style with dates, raisins, nuts, and spices, or Ashkenazi-style with apples, nuts, wine, and cinnamon.
Kugel (Ashkenazi Jewish): This baked dish is a staple in many Ashkenazi Jewish households during Passover. It typically consists of egg noodles or shredded potatoes mixed with eggs, sugar, and spices, then baked until golden and crispy on top.
Lamb Tagine (Moroccan Jewish): This slow-cooked stew features tender lamb cooked with aromatic spices such as cumin, coriander, and cinnamon, along with dried fruits like apricots and prunes, creating a sweet and savory flavor profile.
Spinach and Potato Patties (Greek Jewish): Also known as "Keftes de Espinaca" or "Passover Spanakopita," these crispy and delicious patties are made with spinach, potatoes, onions, and herbs, then lightly fried or baked until golden brown.
Quinoa Pilaf (South American Jewish): Quinoa is a staple in South American cuisine and makes a great alternative to grains during Passover. This pilaf is typically flavored with onions, garlic, and herbs, and can be customized with vegetables and nuts for added flavor and crunch.
Matza Brei (Ashkenazi Jewish): This simple yet tasty dish is made by soaking matzo in water, then mixing it with beaten eggs and frying it in butter or oil until crispy. It can be served sweet or savory, with options like cinnamon and sugar, or smoked salmon and sour cream.
Eggplant Casserole (Italian Jewish): This hearty dish features layers of roasted or fried eggplant, tomato sauce, and cheese (such as mozzarella or ricotta), then baked until bubbly and golden. It's a delicious and satisfying option for Passover meals.