Passover and Easter are both fast approaching—Passover falls from the 8th through 16th April, while Easter falls on the 12th of April this year. The two festivals are closely related but celebrated in very different ways. In Jewish tradition, preparations for Seder—the feast that marks the start of the Passover holiday period—last for about two days. Food preparations for Easter tend to vary across the world, but usually involve fish for Good Friday, a meat dish such as roasted Lamb for Easter Sunday, and—if you are in Germany—a delicious dish called eggs in green sauce for Easter Monday. Here at NetCost Market, we wanted to give you some Easter and Passover ideas to help you with your preparations this year!
This fish dish is traditionally served as the first course on Friday night Sabbath meals. During Passover, it’s also served as the first course, setting the scene for the rest of the meal. It consists of deboned and then ground pike or carp mixed with matzo meal, onion, eggs, and seasoning that is then rolled into balls. It’s traditionally poached in fish stock and then eaten at room temperature.
Brisket is a classic dish for Passover. It’s slow-cooked, giving it a melt-in-the-mouth texture and a deep flavor. If you’d like to have a go at making it yourself, here’s how you make the perfect beef brisket:
about 7 lbs. cut of high-quality brisket, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 large brown onions—peeled and sliced, 1 lb. carrots—peeled and sliced, 1 lb. celery—sliced, 28 oz. tomatoes—diced, 10 cloves garlic, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups beef broth, salt, pepper.
In many parts of Europe, roasted lamb is the traditional centerpiece for Easter Sunday dinner. Although it is now widely considered an Easter dish, it actually originated as a traditional Passover Seder dish. Around Europe, the Middle East, and North America, families roast their lamb with ingredients such as garlic and lemon, and herbs such as rosemary, mint, and thyme.
Hot cross buns are a sweet and spiced bun traditionally eaten at Easter but in particular, Good Friday in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. They have grown in popularity here in the US because of their moreish flavor, especially with a good helping of butter! Try making these for the whole family with this great recipe:
½ cup raisins, 1 cup boiling water, ¾ cup warm milk—divided into ½ cup and ¼ cup, ½ cup white sugar plus and extra ½ tsp. sugar, ¼ cup unsalted butter—softened in the microwave, ½ tsp. salt, 1 packet dry yeast, 2 large eggs—beaten, 3 ½ cups unsifted all-purpose flour, ¼ tsp. the ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg. For the egg wash, —1 egg beaten with 1 tsp. water. For the glaze, ½ cup powdered sugar mixed with 2 ½ tsp. milk.
Both Passover and Easter offer great opportunities for brilliant meals, so why not make the most of it? Right now, we have a great selection of ingredients for making Passover and Easter meals here at NetCost Market, so head in-store to get your hands on some great products!