Mar 31, 2018

Traditional Passover meals are evolving

"Goodbye Gefilte Fish! Hello Pizza! Passover Rebels Break With Tradition ... Tired of Seder staples, some cooks skip brisket for unorthodox dishes made from holiday-friendly ingredients. Passing over that 'soggy ball of matzo'" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by Sarah Needleman (subscription):

  • "There are some 55,000 kosher-for-Passover items on store shelves in the U.S. this year, up from 39,000 five years ago."
  • "The first two nights of Passover center around a hearty Seder feast with signature dishes of varying shades of brown that hew to the culinary restrictions. In the U.S., many hosts spend weeks preparing brisket, matzo ball soup and gefilte fish with horseradish — all kosher, meaning the contents were made in accordance with Jewish law and the holiday’s specific rules."
  • "In recent years, though, Seder chefs have started an exodus from tradition. Thanks to supermarkets’ growing array of Passover-friendly offerings, cooks are filling the dinner table with nontraditional foods such as lasagna 'noodles,' gnocchi and salad croutons, all modified with holiday-friendly ingredients such as potato starch and matzo meal."
  • "Some observers think it takes a lot of chutzpah to incorporate everyday eats into the regular Seder dinner."
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