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Easter and Passover Sides and Desserts Wanted!

April 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments

An Easter dinner

An Easter dinner

Everybody needs side dishes — seems the main entree for both Easter and Passover dinners (brisket, turkey, ham, lamb) are set. But those side dishes stump the cooks.

I’m roasting asparagus in the oven, with a drizzle of olive oil and honey, and toasting almonds to sprinkle on the small but not tiny spears, for a dinner I’m “taking” to. I’m looking for a green bean dish that is outside the norm, too.

For the showpiece dessert and to thrill the kids, I’m making a huge cake from a vintage rabbit pan I got years ago — it’s about 3 feet long (full rabbit profile) and will take 3 batters to fill. I’m dressing him with a sharp blue and pink plaid vest (no pants – Peter Rabbit never wore pants…!) and a pocketwatch and a basket of eggs maybe. Should be an event to decorate it – I can’t wait.

A seder plate

A seder plate

Passover desserts are trickier — cheesecake is the norm, but I could see a delicious flan, or brown sugar pound cake made with matzo meal and topped with fresh fruits and meringue. The weather is so hot, why not a granita with fruit? We don’t have to follow the up-North versions of spring is here at last — we’ve had spring for months now!

What are you making? Share with me your best and I’ll share with my readers!

Tags: Holiday cooking

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Debbie Moose // Apr 7, 2009 at 10:35 am

    My husband is required to bring to the seder each year the Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte from “The Cake Bible” by Rose Levy Berambaum. Three ingredients: butter, chocolate, eggs. No flour. I have also made a chocolate-tofu refrigerator pie sans the crust. There a flan recipe in the latest Gourmet that sounds great – uses almond milk so it’s non-dairy as well.

  • 2 GPrimm // Apr 8, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Are potato pancakes considered seder side dishes? As a kid, I worked in a TooJays-style place that catered seders and helped cook thousands of them. Aside from their great corned beef, those pancakes were my favorite food there.

  • 3 Jan Norris // Apr 8, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Sure. But latkes are more commonly served at Hannukah. Grate some onion, a potato (can be a mix of white and sweet potatoes), add a beaten egg if you like, then make into patties and fry them up.
    I like them with poached eggs and fish.

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