Whether it’s your aunt’s kugel or your grandmother’s matzah ball soup,
everyone has a favorite food dish that’s a must-have at their Passover seder.
Following are recipes collected from our Temple staff and members of
the Emanu-El family. Enjoy!
| My Family’s Favorite
A family recipe from Robyn Cimbol, Senior Director of Development & Philanthropy…
2 tablepoons melted fat/margarine
2 eggs, beaten slightly
1 cup matzah meal
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons seltzer
1. Mix fat and eggs.
2. Add matzah meal and salt; blend well.
3. Add seltzer.
4. Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
5. Meanwhile…Bring 2½ quarts of salted water to a brisk boil. Wet your hands and make eight matzah balls. (Wet hands keep the substance from sticking!) Carefully drop the matzah balls into the pot of boiling water, cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes.
6. Remove the matzah balls from the water and add to the soup. When ready to serve, simmer the soup for five minutes. (NOTE: Do NOT cook the matzah balls in the soup until you are ready to serve; they will absorb all of your soup.)
From Estelle Hendrickson, Former Assistant to Our Rabbis…
Many Sephardic recipes come from different countries. Therefore, each recipe will vary in ingredients, methods of preparation and even the pronunciation of the name. The following recipes are from my family, who originally went from Spain to Salonika, Greece, probably during the Inquisition.
1 cup of pitted dates
1 cup of raisins
1 medium apples, peeled and cut into chunks
8-ounce jar of honey
8 ounces of water
Juice of 1 navel orange
Grated orange peel
1. Add equal amounts of the raisins and dates at a time to a food processor and pulse.
2. Add the apple, making sure to leave some chunks.
3. Add orange peel and pulse again, adding the orange juice to moisten the mixture. It should look like a smooth, not sticky, paste with bits of apple showing.
4. Use a thick-bottomed sauce pan in which to cook the above mixture on a very low flame; add the honey and half of the water; stir well. Keep checking the liquid and stir so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. If it becomes too thick, add the rest of the water a little at a time and stir. Cooking time should be about an hour.
5. When the mixture is done cooking, it should look like a spread. Great on a matzah!
From Roberta Greenberg, Assistant to Our Rabbis…
1 4- to 5-pound brisket (or larger)
2 large cans jellied cranberry sauce
1. First, heavily season the meat with kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cover and leave in the refrigerator for three days.
2. Preheat over to 500 degrees F. Sear meat 20 minutes on each side.
3. Remove meat from oven and let oven cool down to 350 degrees F.
4. Cut onions in quarters and place under and around the meat. Slice cranberry sauce and cover entire top of meat with cranberry slices. Cover tightly with heavy foil and cook for three hours.
5. Remove meat from oven and let cool. When meat is cooled completely, remove from the gravy and slice against the grain. Return meat to gravy and serve the next day.
|Passover Spinach Frittata
From Temple Librarian Elizabeth F. Stabler…
2 large bunches of fresh spinach, washed thoroughly and allowed to dry
1 tablespoon butter
1 small bunch fresh dill
½ small bunch parsley (optional)
4 to 6 ounces of cheese, such as a sharp yogurt cheese or Swiss cheese
8 ounces of feta cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
½ cup matzah meal
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Butter 10-inch round pan or 6-inch by 9-inch rectangular pan; spread or dot excess butter in bottom of pan.
3. Beat up one egg.
4. Break up matzot into quarters and dip into bean egg; then layer the coated matzot on the bottom of the pan. Pour excess egg over the matzot.
5. Finely chop the dill and parsley (optional). Chop the spinach. (NOTE: The greens can be chopped by hand or in a food processor; be careful not to liquify them.)
6. Grate the Swiss or yogurt cheese, using large holes of the grater.
7. Lightly beat four eggs in a large bowl.
8. Add grated cheese to bowl and crumble in the feta cheese. Add matzah meal, salt and pepper. Mix in the spinach and herbs until completely mixed.
9. Pour mixture into pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.
10. Turn oven down to 350 degrees F and bake for 40 minutes, or until slightly puffed and quite firm. Serves four as a main course and up to 10 as a side dish. Delicious cold, sliced thinly to reveal the streaks of cheese among the spinach and herbs.
From Rachel Brumberg, Associate Director of Lifelong Learning…
This kugel is pretty easy and standard but a key part of the seder meal in my family. My cousin and I always would bring the tray to the table and serve us first to ensure that we got corner pieces; we still do in fact.
8 to 10 potatoes, grated
2 tablespoons matzah meal
3 large onions, grated
Salt, pepper to taste
3 tablespoons oil
1. Grease pan.
2. Mix ingredients together.
3. Drizzle oil on top.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for slightly more than an hour, until golden on top; time will vary depending on the size of the pan.
|Lottie’s Sweet Matzah Kugel
From Robyn Cimbol, Senior Director of Development & Philanthropy…
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup raisins
3 teaspoons margarine
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Dried apple slices or dried apricot halves
1. Soak matzot; when soft, squeeze out water.
2. Separate eggs.
3. Beat eggs whites until stiff and place in the refrigerator.
4. Beat egg yolks.
5. Add sugar, salt, cinnamon and grated lemon rind. Beat until light and frothy.
6. Add matzot and raisins. Mix well.
7. Fold in egg whites.
8. Turn half of this mixture into greased 9-inch by 14-inch greased baking dish.
9. Lay dried fruit on top. Cover with the balance of the mixture.
10. Dot the top with margarine. Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.
|Sweet Matzah Muffins
From Norma Balass, Assistant to the Senior Director of Development & Philanthropy…
This is my sister’s recipe, and they are delicious. You can freeze them and warm them whenever you’re ready to eat them.
1 1-pound box of matzah
3 whole eggs or 4 egg whites
2 cut up apples (peeled and cored)
Raisins, cranraisins or chopped apricots
1 tablespoon oil
3 tablespoons sugar
1. Crumble the box of matzah; put in a sieve and run water over it; squeeze dry.
2. Mix well all ingredients.
3. Spoon batter into well-greased muffin pans.
4. Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the knife put through the muffin comes out dry and clean.
From Life Trustee Marcia Waxman…
This recipe was given to me by Rayminnie Friedman (of blessed memory). Rayminnie was a devoted member of Emanu-El and a past president of the Women’s Auxiliary. She was a wonderful cook, and this is the best sponge cake I’ve ever tasted, which is probably attributable to the fact that Rayminnie was a chemist.
12 large eggs, separated
1½ cups sugar
Grated rind of one large lemon
Grated rind of one medium orange
¼ cup orange juice
Pinch of salt
1 cup matzah cake meal
¼ cup potato starch
½ cup finely ground walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Beat yolks with 1 cup sugar until they are thick, almost white and ribbon when a little of the batter is allowed to drop back from a spoon.
3. Stir in grated rinds and fruit juice.
4. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt; as they begin to thicken, gradually beat in the remaining ½ cup of sugar. Whites should stand in stiff but glossy peaks. They are perfect when they slide easily in a mass if the bowl is tipped.
5. Sprinkle cake meal, potato starch and ground nuts over whites.
6. Add yolk mixture and fold all together gently but thoroughly with a rubber spatula; no egg white should be showing.
7. Pour into tube pan. (If using a spring form pan, line with damp brown paper.)
8. Bake for 1 to 1¼ hours or until a test in center comes out clean and top of cake springs back when pressed with a finger tip.
9. Cool upside down for two hours.
|World’s Best Brownies
From Frances A. Hess, Former Women’s Auxiliary President…
4 squares bitter (unsweetened chocolate)
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
½ cup matzah cake meal
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 ounces chocolate or mint chip or chocolate chunks
1. Melt chocolate and butter together over hot water and cool to room temperature.
2. Beat eggs and sugar until lemon colored.
3. Fold in room-temperature chocolate-and-butter mixture into the egg-and-sugar mixture; mix thoroughly.
4. Fold in cake meal until just mixed.
5. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips.
6. Bake in greased and floured 9-inch by 13-inch pan at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes, until top springs back. Do not overbake.
7. Cut into bars when cold.
|Passover Sponge Cake
From Helen Ehrlich Saltzman, grandmother of Rabbi Amy Ehrlich…
1¾ cup very fine sugar
1 scant cup potato flour
1 lemon, juice and rind
1. Separate 7 eggs. Beat the white stiff enough to hold up in peaks but not dry.
2. Add two whole eggs to yolks and beat 10 minutes or more until light and fluffy.
3. Add sugar gradually, then lemon juice and rind. Beat thoroughly. (NOTE: A jigger of orange liqueur and the juice of a small orange can be added for extra moisture.)
4. Fold in potato flour, then beaten egg whites very carefully.
5. Spoon into ungreased, 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes.
6. Of course, top with whipped cream and strawberries!
NOTE: For chocolate sponge cake, omit the orange and lemon flavoring; instead, add 10 ounces of chocolate syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring.
From Robyn Cimbol, Senior Director of Development & Philanthropy…
2 cups matzah meal
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2½ cups shredded raw carrots
1 cup fat/margarine
1½ cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
7 whole eggs
2 8-ounce cans crushed pineapple
1. Shred carrots in a food processor.
2. Mix all ingredients together.
3. Pour into greased 9-inch by 14-inch pan.
4. Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.
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