Passover Dinner: The Vegan Edition
Chances are this Passover season you will either A.) host a vegan at your table or B.) be that vegan who ends up at this said Passover or c.) Be a vegan who is throwing your own badass Passover feast for an unsuspecting omnivore crowd because, well, WE ARE SLOWLY TAKING OVER YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE! Muahahahahahaha!
Photo by RadRafe via Wikipedia Commons "What do you mean you don't eat meat anymore!?" "Is that kosher?"
Or at the very least, growing in small but steady numbers each year, right?
While it's true a meal that already comes with a set of strict dietary restrictions (avoiding all leavened foods as well as grains, beans and corn) can be further complicated by taking away any animal products, there are easy and delicious ways to eschew certain ingredients in favor of others and still stay true to tradition, sans shank bone. Here are a few recipes to get you going.
1. Post Punk Kitchen's Vegan Matzoh Ball Soup
Cookbook author and PPK founder Isa Chandra Moskowitz regularly adapts her bubbie's recipes into vegan staples and this matzoh ball soup is no different. Handmade stock, fluffy matzoh balls, and a punk band serenading you in the living room can all be found in this classic PPK episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5ahFA1k_fU
2. Bitter Greens Salad
The bitter greens staple at Passover is often presented as a lone handful of parsley on a plate but in this recipe from Chow.com brightens the bitter greens by adding endive and radicchio with a tangy caper dressing: http://www.chow.com/recipes/18718-bitter-greens-salad-with-caper-vinaigrette
3. Mayim Bialik's Chocolate Truffle Pie
When she's not on the set of the "Big Bang Theory" our beloved Blossom is busy raising two young vegan sons and creating kosher vegan cookbooks. This Chocolate Truffle Pie is just one such creation. Check out kveller.com for the full recipe.
4. Mock Gefilte Fish
True, with tofu as an ingredient this dish steers a little away from the 'no legumes' restrictions so it may not work for everyone but this vegparadise recipe for mock fish uses red miso for that salty deep sea flavor: http://www.vegparadise.com/cookingwith1304.html