Mediterranean-Inspired Passover Side Dishes

Holidays,Passover,Recipes
June 5, 2012

Intense spice-laden dishes add panache to any Passover table.

As much as I enjoy Ashkenazi Passover dishes such as matzo farfel, potato kugel and matzo ball soup, I find Mediterranean-inspired Sephardic foods are lighter and more intriguing.

Ancient Jewish cultures of Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Italy and Portugal offer intense spice-laden dishes that add panache to any Passover table. You can create a menu of both traditional and not-so-traditional items. Be adventurous this year, yet serve your family's favorites. Here are some ideas for additions to your traditional menu.

—By Chef Steve Petusevsky

Moroccan Roast Eggplant

Ancient Jewish cultures of Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Italy and Portugal offer intense spice-laden dishes that add panache to any Passover table.

Sunshine South Florida Haroset

Not your typical Passover chopped apple recipe, this dish uses bags of premixed sun-dried fruits, including apples, apricots, prunes and mangos.

Spice Market Chickpea and Spinach Ragout

An intensely spiced side dish for the Passover meal stars chickpeas (garbanzos) and sprinach.

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