'Passover' on Serious Eats

Richard Blais's Brisket with Coriander, Black Pepper, and Brown Sugar

With Passover right around the corner, it is the perfect time to perfect a roast brisket recipe. For something different than the standard salt, pepper, and go method, look no further than Richard Blais's Brisket with Coriander, Black Pepper and Brown Sugar. Hidden towards the back of his new cookbook, Try This at Home, this brisket is piquant enough to awaken any family member dozing in the middle of an hours-long dinner. More

Buttermilk and Lekvar Ice Cream

Lekvar is a traditional Jewish plum paste, most often used as a filling in pastries. It is sour and sweet, with a sticky, chocolate richness that warms the back of your tongue and reminds you of the Old Country. Accentuated by the buttermilk's tart barnyard creaminess and bass notes of dark molasses, this is a delicious conclusion to a Passover seder, Easter dinner, or just a long day. More

Sephardic Style Haroset

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Scooped: Charoset Sorbet

Sorbet really is a perfect passover dessert. Light and refreshing, it's a great palate cleanser after a heavy meal. It's dairy-free, and doesn't require matzo meal as a poor substitute for flour. This sorbet is incredibly simple, a delicious marriage of grape and apple, slightly sweeter and a touch more tart than the charoset on your Hillel sandwich. More

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut is kosher for Passover, and coconut macaroons are a cinch to make in the kitchen, so much so that you will never touch those stale Manishewitz things again. The trick: Mix shredded coconut with coconut flakes to get just the right texture. More

Matzo Toffee With Almonds

The trick to making matzo toffee impossible to put down is simple: generous sprinkling of fleur de sel. The salt combined with the bittersweet chocolate and butter pretty much spells doom for everyone who comes in contact with it. If you make this for your guests on Passover, I guarantee glee and gratitude all around. More

Tzimmes

I used to really, truly loathe this dish. It was the one thing I wouldn't touch on my Passover plate. Anyone else? But this version adds a touch of honey to highlight the carrots' natural sweetness and spices like cardamom to give the dish more dimension. More

Matzo Brei With Pear And Dried Sour Cherries

I like to think of matzo as a blank canvas; it can do pretty much anything you want it to. Here, it becomes a sweet and utterly delicious matzo brei with pears and dried sour cherries. You get a bite of sweet with a touch of sour—I wind up making matzo brei most of the days and I never tire of it. More

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