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Passover Celebration and Survival Guide

By Dena Zigun April 17, 2016

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Of course, brisket is the traditional centerpiece of the Passover Seder meal — whether it’s from Our Kitchen, or you make it yourself.

For this year’s main course, pair your brisket with a chicken dish that’s full of flavor, such as our recipe for Spiced Marinated Chicken with Orange, Fennel & Zucchini. Or keep it simple and pick up ready-to-heat chicken breasts from our kitchen with orange-honey glazed or encrusted with almonds.

For side dishes, we’re roasting Brussels sprouts and serving up the traditional holiday dishes, including tzimmes, chicken soup with matzo balls and matzo stuffing. We’re also celebrating the bounty of spring produce with white and green asparagus salad, Mediterranean chopped salad and sweet & sour carrot salad, fresh from Our Kitchen. In the deli, find chopped liver and potato pancakes for appetizers. And stop by the bakery for Kosher for Passover desserts!

And when the leftovers from the seder are all used up, here are some ideas to keep mealtime interesting throughout the entire holiday:


Make a Matzo Pizza
It’s comfort food, Passover style! You’ll want another piece of matzo when it’s topped with a shmear of red sauce and gooey, melted mozzarella cheese. Add fresh mozzarella and basil for a Margherita Pizza or set up a make-your-own party and let everyone choose their toppings.

Fry it up
Everything is better when fried. Matzo Brei, a traditional dish made with matzo fried with eggs, is satisfying in its simplicity. Start by soaking matzo in water or milk, and breaking it into pieces. Then, fry it in a pan with eggs. Make it sweet by adding bananas and pecans or cinnamon sugar.

Experiment with eggs
Speaking of eggs, a well-known symbol used at the holiday seder, Passover is a great time to make eggs the centerpiece of dinner one night, even without matzo in the mix. Make a frittata or a scramble with herbs and your choice of vegetables. Try Shakshouka, a dish with eggs poached in a sauce containing tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, that’s typically spiced with cumin.

Pile potatoes on your plate
When bread is out of the question, play with all the great ways to cook with potatoes! Roast them with salt, fresh pepper and olive oil, or turn them into a hash-brown crust to surround a mix of vegetables and cheese.

Create new fish, meat or chicken dishes
Many truly incredible meals aren’t leavened anyway. Passover is the time to try out the fish, meat and chicken dishes you haven’t had a chance to make lately — as long as they don’t contain chometz. Bake salmon with fresh herbs, lemon and oil or chicken with figs, balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of honey.

Drink a glass of wine
It’s tradition to have four glasses of wine at each Passover seder. As the holiday continues, celebrate with wine selections from our stores in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield, Wellesley and Downtown Crossing.

(BONUS: If you’re eating gluten free, you can enjoy all of the suggestions in this guide. Just be sure to use gluten-free matzo!)

Happy Passover from all of us at Roche Bros.

Roche Bros and Sudbury Farms sell both Kosher and non-Kosher foods.