8 Passover recipes that actually taste good

Passover goodies like matzo, egg, Seder plate, kosher wine
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There are some pretty restricting rules when it comes to the eight days of Passover, some of which can make for bland eating. However, with a little creativity, and some help from the amazing food bloggers of the Internet, you can make sure your Passover is kosher, but also delicious.

The following recipes aren’t overly complicated (two are even downright easy!), so don’t worry if you’re in charge of Passover family dinner this year, we’ve created a tasty and fun list of recipes to help make your Passover a culinary success, from breakfast all the way to your after dinner treat.

1. Fluffy Almond Flour Pancakes

Fluffy almond pancakes

Photo courtesy of thenourishinghome.com

Start the day off right with a great kosher pancake recipe, like this one from The Nourishing Home. Because of the flour-ban, Passover breakfasts are often egg heavy. This pancake recipe uses almond flour and coconut milk, making it a great, and tasty, alternative. Just make sure to use kosher salt and coconut oil instead of butter.

If you want to make these pancakes even more delicious, try brushing them with a mixture of lemon juice, cinnamon, and sweetener on each side just after they are cooked. And if you’re really tired of eggs, try this great recipe for vegan pancakes instead.

2. Matzo Granola

Matzo and granola

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

Unfortunately, store-bought kosher granola can taste like you’re eating a soggy cardboard box. Thanks to Martha Stewart, you can avoid that by making it yourself in the comfort of your own home. This recipe will last for up to two-weeks in an airtight container, so you can make it ahead to enjoy over Passover. You can also use whatever seeds, nuts, and dried fruit your heart desires, making this breakfast snack a little more personal.

While you can just nibble on it right from the jar, it is also super tasty combined with almond-coconut milk (as long as you not following the gebrokts tradition and are allowed to mix your matzo with liquid), or sprinkled on top of plain yogurt.

3. Quick and Easy Matzo Grilled Cheese

Matzo grilled cheese

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This recipe from Pop Sugar shows just how easy Passover meals can be. Just put some sliced cheese and herbs between two buttered-matzo squares and heat them on a panini grill. If you want to get even simpler, skip the butter and throw your sammies in the microwave for a quick melt-and-go.

If you want to make things a little more complicated, you can get creative and use some fancy cheese and sliced apple, or maybe some tomato and horseradish. The options are endless. You can also try something a little more gourmet, like this recipe for matzo grilled-cheese with basil, anchovies and lemon. Yum!

4. Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan carrot salad

Photo courtesy of Naturally Ella

This recipe from Naturally Ella is perfect for lunch, or as a side dish at dinner. It’s spicy and sweet and relatively easy to put together. Since this recipe calls for millet (which isn’t allowed during Passover), simply substitute with quinoa. And, if you’re feeling lazy (or are low on time), you don’t even need to cook the carrots and onion, the salad tastes just as great with raw veggies. You can also buy your pomegranate seeds already removed from the fruit to save time and energy.

If you want to stay away from grains altogether, you can try this equally delicious recipe for paleo Moroccan carrot salad. The combination of Moroccan spices, mint, ginger, and carrot makes for a delightfully unique taste sensation.

5. Pizza, Three Ways

Matzo pizza

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Pizza is a hit for kids and adults alike. First of all, you can easily make a mean matzo pizza with just some matzo, cheese, tomatoes, and basil. However, if you want to kick things up a notch, you could also try this recipe for cauliflower-crust cheesy pizza. It’s crispy, savoury, and best of all–super cheesy.

And finally, if you’re looking for something that resembles classic pizza a little more closely, you can try this tasty recipe for almond flour pizza crust from King Arthur Flour, which uses a combination of almond and coconut flours, and turns out like a thin-crust pizza. Add whatever toppings you desire, staying within the kosher confines of Passover of course, and enjoy.

6. Slow-Cooker Coke Brisket Sliders

Slow-Cooker Coke Brisket Sliders

Photo courtesy of www.livinglocurto.com

It’s time to get back to basics with this unique brisket recipe. Brisket is a pretty traditional meal around the Passover table, but this recipe from Living Locurto, is something a little different. Pulled-pork sandwiches and beef sliders are popular items on many of today’s restaurant menus, so here is Passover’s response: slow-cooker brisket sliders. You can bet these are going to be a hit at any gathering.

The recipe is really easy; just throw all the ingredients into your slow cooker and come back 6–8 hours later. This modern-day brisket recipe works great on it’s own, sandwiched inside kosher buns, or even on matzo. For added deliciousness, throw on a few pickles or veggies of your choice. Just make sure to steer clear of cheese!

If you want something a little more traditional, but still delicious, try this recipe for slow-cooker coffee-braised brisket with potatoes and carrots.

7. No-bake Double Chocolate Torte

No-bake double chocolate torte

Photo courtesy of ohsheglows.com

This double chocolate cake from Oh She Glows is rich and creamy, and is totally safe for consumption during Passover. If you’re looking for a classic dessert that will also impress friends and family, this is your go-to recipe.

First of all, there’s no flour, secondly, it’s vegan, so you won’t risk combining meat products with dairy, and thirdly, you can use any nut butter (instead of peanut butter) if you aren’t eating kitniyot. And most importantly, it’s amazingly delicious.

8. Espresso Truffles

Espresso truffles

Photo courtesy of realsimple.com

These tasty, after-dinner treats from Real Simple are the perfect end to any meal. Espresso is commonly served after a holiday meal, so these truffles are the perfect dessert/coffee combination for those who can’t decide what they want. They are small enough to still be enjoyed after consuming a heavy meal, but rich enough to satisfy anyone with an intense sweet tooth.

And the great thing about this recipe is that you can prepare the mixture ahead of time, waiting until the last moment to scoop and powder.

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