Recipes You Can Eat for Both Passover and Easter
This year, Easter and Passover overlap, as is often the case. Passover, a major Jewish holiday celebrating the Israelites' exodus from Egypt and freedom from slavery, is celebrated over the course of eight days. The holiday, which starts on the evening of April 6, is observed by not eating leavened bread, an ode to the bread which didn't have time to rise during the exodus. In modern times, Jewish people keeping kosher for passover avoid all products with yeast and grains, as well as legumes.
Since Passover and Easter overlap on April 12, Jewish guests at Easter celebrations may have a few dietary restrictions, which are very easy to accommodate. First, ask your guests what their Passover diets include or exclude, and build a menu around that. If you celebrate both holidays, you're all set — you know your limits, which can actually be creative pushes to cook up new traditions. These recipes are Easter-appropriate, Passover-approved, excellent ways to celebrate spring.
Crustless Spinach Quiche
What is an Easter brunch without quiche? This crust-free version is conveniently also gluten-free. It's so savory and soft, you won't even miss the outer layer.
Simple Deviled Eggs
Fun fact: Eggs are a common Passover food and an Easter tradition, and deviled eggs are the perfect appetizer for any celebration. For those not eating soybeans, opt for a kosher for Passover mayonnaise (or one based with avocado oil) to keep it Kosher.
Easter Deviled Eggs
This spicy, colorful version of deviled eggs is so on-theme. Expect these colorful beauties to be a staple for future Easters. Bonus: Kids can help with the dying of boiled eggs that are actually edible.
Strawberry Spinach Salad I
Are you at a cute cafe or are you hosting Easter in your home? This spring salad goes with any entree and looks great on a buffet or family-style spread. It's also a fresh addition to a week of Passover cooking.
Roasted Lettuce, Radicchio, and Endive
Cooked salad is kind of amazing. Seriously. Not only can this leafy dish double as a centerpiece, but it's packed with vitamins and flavor.
Pan Seared Salmon I
This salmon cooks very quickly, so as long as you prep it before guests are ready to eat, you can cook it to order without missing out on any of the Easter celebration.
Beet-Cured Salmon Gravlax
This cured salmon is stunning, and is equally great on matzoh, bagels, and toast. Or just on its own. Prepare to impress everyone with your specialty curing skills.
Spring Pea Green Curry with Black Cod and Strawberry
Add a spicy-ish twist to Easter Sunday with this seasonal curry that uses white fish for protein. It's great as a side or main dish and the sauce is also fantastic leftover.
Pesto Genovese (Authentic Italian Basil Pesto)
Homemade pesto goes a long way with proteins and salads. It is also an excellent complement to cheese boards, veggie dishes, and more. Make zoodles or rutabaga noodles for a Passover-friendly twist on a pasta dish.
Spinach and Potato Frittata
Frittatas are excellent for Easter brunch and any Passover meal, because they're not reliant on grains in any way and can be totally flexible to accomodate leftovers in the recipe.
Halloumi Skewers with Tahini Sauce and Dukkah
Halloumi is kind of the magic ingredient that unites all types of eaters. Yes, it's cheese, but it's so much more than that — chewy in all the right ways, savory, almost meaty in texture but just gooey enough. Skewers allow for quick and easy halloumi access for all.
Quinoa, which is a vegetable, not a grain, is kosher for Passover and subs in well for wheat in this tabbouleh salad recipe. In fact, you may never go back to traditional tabbouleh again.
Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes
Yet another gorgeous dish that can act as a centerpiece, these artichokes filled with sharp cheese feel appropriate for spring, but still hearty enough for a celebratory meal.
Flourless Chocolate Cake II
Cake doesn't need flour to thrive. In fact, the absence of starch makes it richer, and that's really what cake is all about, right? To keep any decorations from growing soggy or stale, decorate this cake right before serving.
"Burnt" Basque Cheesecake
Like a crust-free quiche, Basque cheesecake is a crust-free delight that's not missing a thing. Served warm, this traditional dessert from Northern Spain is not too sweet, and excellent with a drizzle of fruit sauce, or totally solo.