Wondering what to make for Passover? I did some of the work for you! Sephardic Passover rules and traditions vary quite a bit from Ashkenazi and so don’t be surprised if you see items here that you may not expect. Of course I’ve included a few Moroccan passover recipes as the ones I am most familiar with.
For example, rice and legumes like lentils and chickpeas aren’t off-limits so you’ll often find them in traditional Sephardic Passover dishes. Sephardic Passover food(s) really can vary quite a bit. This is a fascinating read about the variety of differences across Sephardic traditions.
Sephardic Passover Plates
I found these two very different styles of seder plates that look like a lovely way to incorporate a modern feel into the seder meal.
Try a few of these recipes and then let me know what you think. I have enjoyed making, and trying every one of them.
10 Delicious Sephardic Passover Recipes
In search of a new recipe for Passover this year? Try one of these Sephardic style dishes.
This Turkish dessert is made with nuts and drenched in orange blossom syrup. It's a delicious sweet treat.
Baklava Bimuelos: Passover Donuts with Pistachios and Rose Water Syrup
I think it's a little bit of magic to make matzo into a doughnut but magic well worth it. And the baklava syrup? Where's my fork!
What I love about these haroset balls is that they can be rolled this way and eaten or you can keep the paste loose and spread it on matzo (or the rolls linked below.) Plus, they're quite healthy.
When you are in need of a meal that can be made quickly, go for this fish dish. It's full of flavor and fast.
A traditional Moroccan Jewish dish that can be prepared in your slow cooker giving you plenty of time to do other things.
Sephardic Spinach Pie with Parmesan and Feta
This would be delicious any time of year! You can easily sub the breadcrumbs in this recipe for crumbled matzo meal to make it safe for Passover.
Passover rolls - miraculous unleavened bread
Disclaimer, these are not Sephardic but I feel like they would be great for just about anyone. They also can be frozen and reheated easily which makes them even more appealing!
Keftes De Prasa, the Sephardic-Style Leek Fritters Recipe
I love the combination of flavors in this dish, and think it's a great way to eat leeks. Sub the breadcrumbs for matzo and you've got yourself set for Passover eating.
Shakshuka Paschiya Tunisian Fava Bean Passover Shakshuka
Fava beans are plentiful in North Africa during the spring months and this dish makes them the star of the dish.
Slow-cooked lamb is a beautiful thing! If you don't use alcohol sub the wine for grape juice and a squirt of vinegar for a similar taste.
Cookbooks for Sephardic Recipe Inspiration
The Modern Table from Kim Kushner
A Drizzle of Honey from David Gitlitz
Sephardi: Cooking the History. Recipes of the Jews of Spain and the Diaspora, from the 13th Century to Today by Helene Jawhara Piner