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Vegetarian Passover Seder Menu

Posted by : Karen Selwyn

Judy Zeidler's article, "Passover Seder Vegetarian-Style," contained
enough yummy-sounding recipes that I decided to post this two ways: the
complete menu for those who are explicitly looking for a vegetarian
seder and the separate recipes for those who just want some new food
ideas.

In the article accompanying the recipes, Zeidler mentions serving
asparagus with Passover vinaigrette, but neither explains nor provides a
recipe.  Other than checking to make sure our ingredients are KLP, does
anyone know what she means?  Minced fresh bitter herbs in the
vinaigrette?

Also, she mentions fresh pineapple and strawberries dipped in chocolate
as part of the dessert offerings.  She provides no recipe, so I'll chime
in here, at least on the topic of strawberries.  Make certain that your
strawberries are completely dry before dipping in chocolate. Do not
prepare the strawberries any earlier than the morning of the seder or
the berries will get mushy.

Karen Selwyn

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"Passover Seder Vegetarian-Style"

"...Today, more and more families plan vegetarian Passover Seder menus. 
 It's easy and timely, because the Passover holiday arrives each year at
the same time that the first crop of fresh and appealing spring fruits
and vegetables appears. They make welcome substitutes for the dried,
canned and frozen fruits and vegetables that are not permitted during
the Passover observance. (Dried, canned and frozen foods that are
labeled "Kosher for Passover" can be used.) In addition, they are in
tune with today's interest in more healthful eating. 

"So this year for Passover, I am planning a vegetarian menu. The
ceremonial foods on the Seder plate consist of mostly vegetables - from
parsley, green onions and celery to bitter herbs of horseradish and
romaine lettuce. And at our Seder, we will serve tiny steamed new
potatoes dipped in coarse salt as part of the service. For vegetarians
who might object to using a lamb shank bone on the Seder plate, it is
halakhically (acceptable) to use a roasted beet as a replacement."
                                    Judy Zeidler


Pear and Pecan Charoses
Spring Vegetable Soup with Parsley Matzo Balls
Artichokes in Tomato Sauce
Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage in Tomato Sauce
Passover Berry Pudding
Honey-Walnut-Fruit Tart
Fresh Pineapple and Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

Archivist's note: The recipes for the above dishes can be found in the
Passover section of the archives.

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