Passover Favorite

Every year at Passover I think I should try my hand at a cookbook of recipes for the season. I never end up doing it, but I still think it would be a good idea. I consider revisiting this idea part of my annual Passover ritual.

Passover

 

I love this holiday, with all its food restrictions. I think because I used to keep so much more kosher than I do now that it makes me a bit nostalgic. For those that don’t know, during Passover, observant Jews do not partake of the five forbidden grains: wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt. Spelt is the easy one to avoid. The others can take some planning.

There are actually two different sets of rules as to what is acceptable during Passover. Since I am a convert, I got to choose which tradition I wished to follow. I chose the one with the fewest restrictions. That surprises some people considering me and rules. As my rabbi explained it, Passover is supposed to be a time of celebration, as well as remembrance, which is tough to do if almost everything is off the menu.

I am always so impressed with DH2U‘s willingness to follow these rules during our shared meals. Early on in our relationship, we came up with a system that works for us: I write out a long list of Passover-friendly meals, and he chooses the ones he will make on his cooking nights.

One of our favorites is Matzoh Pizzas.

Matzoh Pizza

It reminds me so much of the English muffin pizzas we used to make growing up.

Yes, it is just what it sounds like – pizza toppings baked onto a matzoh. The trick is baking the crackers first: it makes for a much better, non-soggy end result.

I always look forward to this week and am amazed by how many of our regular meals can end up on the approved list. There are a couple that only come out during Passover. Those make the holiday that much more special.

What are some of your favorite holiday-related foods? or What little things do your significant others do that make you so proud you chose them?

2 thoughts on “Passover Favorite”

  1. I know almost nothing about holiday food restrictions, so this was an interesting read for me. In the past few years our holiday traditions have strayed from our family’s “traditional” meals of turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas and Easter. One Christmas we made finger food for our main meal, and since we all love Italian food we’ve done several Italian feasts for the holidays (we are not Italian in the slightest).

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    1. I like the idea of finger foods for the main meal – how fun! It’s wonderful how your family is so open to the idea of switching things up. Just because they are traditional foods doesn’t mean they have to be the only things that we eat … or that we have to eat them on the day. I’ve done the full turkey spread in May! It’s yummy then, too!

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