Passover & Mimouna Recipes

A mix of challenges and rewards, Passover cooking is a culinary puzzle of sorts: Dishes should be celebratory, but also free of hametz or leavening. For centuries, communities and families around the world have found creative solutions, creating dishes that reflect their local markets like this gefilte fish a la Veracruzana. The recipe comes from chef Pati Jinich’s grandmother Esther who blended her Ashkenazi roots with spicy and bright Mexican flavors from her adopted home. Jon Greenberg’s beet jam or eingemacht nods to a time in eastern Europe when fresh fruit was hard to come by in early spring. Meanwhile, Michel Thouati’s Sephardic braised lamb shoulder with peas and artichokes highlights produce available in the western Mediterranean around Passover.

There’s no hametz in these Passover recipes — many of which come from our partner the Jewish Food Society — but some contain kitniyot or legumes, which some communities enjoy on Passover while others abstain from. You’ll also find one recipe made with flour for crepes called mufleta that are served at Mimouna, a Moroccan celebration that marks the end of the holiday. 

Wishing you a sweet Passover!

Flourless chocolate cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Whole roasted fish stuffed with herbs served on blue plate with yogurt sauce

Stuffed Fish with Warm Yogurt Sauce

Roasted frisee on white plate with black and gold trim

Torzelli (Roasted Curly Endive)

Lamb shoulder with potatoes on green plate

Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Potatoes

Passover Kibbeh Hamdah (Sour Meatball Soup)

Passover Kibbeh Hamdah (Sour Meatball Soup)

Bavarian cream with citrus topping on white plate

Lemon Geranium Bavarian Cream

Roast chicken legs with chili peppers and herbs on a baking tray

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Olive Oil, and Herbs

Celery root stuffed with meat in an oval baking dish atop a lace tablecloth

Stuffed Celery Root