With Passover right around the corner I thought I would look through my recipes here on the blog and make up a menu to serve to my guests. This may help you out with a recipe or two as well. All the recipes are grain-free and dairy-free, SCD/GAPS legal as well as appropriate for Paleo and Primal diets.
Passover is a Jewish holiday that begins at sunset on the 14th day of the Jewish calendar month “Nisan.” The holiday celebrates the Jewish people’s emancipation from slavery during the Pharaoh’s rule in Egypt. For Jewish people it has special historical significance and is also a somber remembrance of the hardship that the Jews faced before their exodus from Egypt.
During the Seder, matzoh is eaten at specific times. Eating matzoh is symbolic: on the one hand, matzoh symbolizes redemption and freedom, but it is also poor man’s bread. It serves as a reminder to be humble. Eating the bread of affliction is both a lesson in humility and an act that enhances one’s appreciation of freedom.
I don’t like to miss out eating matzoh on Passover. Here is a grain-free rendition of matzoh that is tasty and fun for those on a grain-free diet.
After the Seder has been completed, chicken soup is usually the start of the meal. It is traditional to serve this with matzoh balls. Of course typical matzoh balls are made with matzoh meal — a wheat product.
Matzoh Ball Soup
Here is a recipe for grain-free matzoh balls made with almond flour and schmaltz — you can’t get any more traditional than schmaltz. My mother used to keep a jar of it in the refrigerator at all times. This chicken fat give the matzoh balls their characteristic flavor. Get some schmaltz and use it in this recipe!
Sides and a Condiment
I’ll serve my homemade traditional fermented sauerkraut as a condiment, that will help digest the wonderful meal ahead.
There will be plenty of wholesome real food at my Seder.