A centuries-old celebration of G-d's love for his children and his deliverance of Israel, Passover is as joyous as it is sacred.
The annual eight-day festival is a reminder of how the homes of Israelites were "passed over" and their first-born sons spared when the tenth and most devastating curse struck ancient Egypt, just as Moses had foretold. Passover—or Pesach—is also a celebration of the Exodus that ensued, symbolized by the still-unleavened bread the fleeing sons and daughters of Israel took with them.
Today, Passover is observed with weeks of preparation—purifying and cleaning the home, removing even the smallest leavened crumb, and preparing for the Sedar, the sacred symbolic meal that includes re-telling the story of the Exodus. Pesach is also a time for family and friends to celebrate their ties to each other, and an elegant brunch is a festive way to do just that. Here are three menu options to consider—something for every taste—with recipes below.
Menu Headliner: Shakshuka
- Arugula Salad with Lemon Anchovy Vinaigrette
- Macaroons with Sea Salt
Menu Headliner: Skillet-Baked Eggs with Spinach
- Skillet-Baked Eggs with Spinach
- Smoked salmon with creme fraiche and chives
- Pears Poached in Red Wine with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
Menu Headliner: Frittata with Olives and Fontina
- Frittata with Olives and Fontina
- Olive-Oil Orange Cake with Poached Figs