The Jewish celebration of Passover takes place every spring, from the 15th day to the 22nd day of Nisan on the Jewish calendar, in recognition of the emancipation of Israelite slaves from Egypt. In observance of the unleavened bread the Israelites ate during this time, Jews refrain from eating or possessing any leavened food products from the midday of the day before through the holiday’s conclusion. It is also customary for families to gather the first two evenings for a special meal called a Seder, in which matzo is consumed instead of unleavened foods. Throughout history people have used matzo in crafting and creating many delicious recipes to enjoy during Passover in place of wheat and bread ingredients. Here are five you’re sure to enjoy from three culinary experts in D.C.
Executive Chef, Sriram Hariharan
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes St.
Arlington VA 22202
(703) 415-5000
www.ritzcarlton.com/pentagoncity

Sriam Hariharan is the executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. Chef Hariharan has culinary experience in many diverse ethnic cuisines, including kosher cooking for Passover meals and Jewish weddings. He has worked with Ritz-Carlton’s Specialty Chef Steven Sechoka, who is of Jewish heritage, for many of his recipes. These recipes, shared by Chef Sechoka, are family recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Matzo Rolls

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup Crisco®
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, granulated
  • 1 teaspoon salt, kosher
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 3 eggs

Directions

  • Bring water, Crisco®, sugar and salt to a boil.
  • Add matzo meal and stir until the mixture comes away from the pan.
  • Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add eggs one at a time.
  • Grease cookie sheet and drop batter by tablespoon onto the sheet.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
Chocolate Covered Matzo

Ingredients

  • 6 matzo sheets
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 lb. sugar
  • 3 ounces water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce vanilla extract

Directions

  • Lay out matzo on a silicone baking mat in a pan with an edge that rises.
  • Scale out ingredients into 2 equal batches. You will only cook  half of the recipes at a time.
  • In a pot, combine butter, sugar, water, and salt.
  • Cook until the mixture achieves a light caramel color.
  • Add vanilla off the heat; make sure to stir constantly.
  • Pour over matzo and allow to cool completely.
  • Flip matzo over and repeat steps 2 to 5.
  • Once completely cooled, spread either tempered dark chocolate or coating chocolate over the top of the toffee and sprinkle with your favorite toasted nuts.
  • Flip over and do the same to the bottom.
  • Allow to set and enjoy!
Paula Shoyer
Paula’s Parisian Pastries, LLC
3108 Black Chestnut Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 404-8998
www.thekosherbaker.com

Known as “the kosher baker,” Paula Shoyer is a freelance food writer, published author of three cookbooks and a chef who leads cooking and baking classes around the country and even across the world. A graduate of Ritz Escoffier in Paris, Shoyer develops recipes for people of varying diets, including desserts that are low in sugar, gluten-free, nut free and vegan.

Asparagus, Zucchini And Leek Kugel

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, halved and sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, halved and cut into thin slices
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound (about one bunch, not too thin) asparagus trimmed, halved the long way and cut into thirds
  • 1 medium unpeeled zucchini, shredded on the large holes of a box grater, 2 cups
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, stacked and sliced into 1/3-inch ribbons
  • 2 green onions, sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon slivered fresh basil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup matzo meal
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add the leeks and onions and cook for three minutes.
  • Add the garlic and asparagus and cook for another four minutes.
  • Turn off heat. Add the shredded zucchini, spinach and green onions and stir.
  • Scoop into a large bowl and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Add the basil, eggs, matzo meal, salt and black pepper to taste and stir.
  • Grease a 9 X 13-inch pan with the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  • Scoop the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until browned on top.

Related: Passover Recipes From Washington, D.C. Chefs

Clare Goodman
CulinAerie, LLC
1131 14th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 587-5674
www.culinaerie.com

Originally from London, England Clare Goodman comes from a long heritage of Ashkenazi Jews from Russia, the Ukraine, Poland and Holland. Both of her grandmothers and mother have passed family recipes down to her for unique kosher offerings, sometimes with a personalized or regional take on traditional offerings.

Apple, Almond And Matzo Pudding

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 4 or 5 large apples (granny smith or other firm, tart apples)
  • Handful raisins or sultanas
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the pudding:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ounces ground almonds
  • 2 ounces fine matzo meal
  • 4 ounces white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence

Directions

  • Grease a large shallow baking dish.
  • Turn on oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Peel and cut apples into quarters and then turn apples so widest part facing up, and score them as though slicing half way through.
  • Put the apple in a large mixing bowl with the cinnamon and brown sugar and toss by hand to coat the apple pieces.
  • Place them into a wide baking dish with their scored side up, squeeze lemon juice over and sprinkle raisins around filling in any gaps.
  • Whisk the eggs. Continue to whisk and add ground almonds, matzo meal, sugar and almond essence.
  • Pour this mixture over the apples and cook for 45 minutes or until topping looks cooked and is fairly firm to touch.
  • Serve with ice cream or English custard.
Matzo-Meal Fried Fish

Ingredients

  • 8 haddock or cod fillets, whole or cut into strips
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups extra fine matzo meal
  • Salt and pepper
  • A deep fryer or large sauté pan with sunflower or canola oil

Directions

  • Rinse fish under cold water and then pat dry with kitchen towel.
  • Prepare two wide, flat dishes. One should contain the two eggs and the other should contain the matzo meal with a generous pinch of salt and pepper mixed in.
  • Heat the oil to 340 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lay each piece of fish in the egg and then in the matzo meal mix, making sure to cover both sides and then quickly transfer into the oil for 7-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
  • Remove fish from the oil carefully and lay it to rest on kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil.
  • Serve with real English chips and chraine (a horseradish and beetroot paste) or anything else you like.

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Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.