The First Night: An All Vegetarian Seder Dinner

SederPlate_2013_1The first night I did a Seder dinner for my family and we decided to make it an all vegetarian meal since for various reasons several individuals do not eat meat. I thought that this would be a great opportunity to make those delicious Passover dishes that contain dairy, and normally would not be served during a Seder which almost always has some kind of main meat dish. (The Passover dairy dishes are usually saved for Passover week meals.) Here is what I prepared, with some help from various family members:

Three Charosets (for Seder Plate):

–Yemenite with Raisins, Dates, Roasted Sesame Seeds, Walnuts, Almonds, and Pomegranate Seeds
–Syrian with Dried Apricots, Orange Juice, Pistachios, and Orange Blossom Water
–Grandma Fritzie’s “Syrian-American” with Apple Butter, Walnuts, Cinnamon, and Sweet Wine
(made by my mom)

Gefilte Fish (store- bought) served with horseradish
Vegetable Soup with Matzah Balls (my mother made)

Sweet and Savory Chopped Cucumber Salad (made by Cousin Jeffrey)
Moroccan Style Cooked Carrot Salad (made by my sister Vanessa)
Syrian Style White Rice with Onions and Pine Nuts
Syrian Style Tomato and Bell Pepper Stew with Olives, Coriander, Cumin, and Poached Eggs
Greek Matzah Meal Pie with Spinach, Dill, and Onions
Greek Layered Maztah Pie with Pot Cheese and Grated Sharp Cheese
Matzah “Lasagna” with Cheese, Basil, Onions, and Tomato Sauce

Black Cherry Ice Cream, Vanilla Gelato, Blood Orange Sorbet (brought by Cousins Jeff, Beth, Zoe)
Ground Toasted Almond Cake with Almond Syrup
Pistachio Macaroons with Orange Blossom Water
Walnut-Pecan-Date Macaroons with Cinnamon
Flourless Chocolate Torte with Ground Almond Crust and Creamy Tahini Glaze
(added candle for Mom’s and Jeff’s birthdays)


As usual, we ate too much 😦

We used props to act out some of the story of the Exodus in the Haggadah (see photos below).

I pose questions to all of you out there:

What was your Seder menu?

What family rituals or
traditions did you do
(new or old)?

Did you add any new symbolic
foods to your Seder plate?


Baby Moshe is saved!


The Plagues: Frogs & Lice


The Plagues: Wild Beasts

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4 thoughts on “The First Night: An All Vegetarian Seder Dinner

  1. Annette Hidary March 28, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

    That was great, Jenn!

  2. Julie March 28, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

    Sounds like a fantastic Seder! I made sweet & sour meatballs for the first time. I was so nervous but the recipe was ridiculously easy and, while I made enough for leftovers, they were demolished.

    Something really cool I added this year was a Guatemalan Charoset to honor my son, his first family and their heritage. Instead of walnuts – it had cashews. It also added red and green chilies and cilantro. I really didn’t think people do anything more than taste it and was looking forward to bringing some to work to share with my coworkers. Nope, gone. I have a ton of the regular Charoset left.

  3. Beebe Okoye March 28, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

    All sounds delicious! Especially the flourless chocolate cake with almond crust and tahini glaze- OMGosh a party in the mouth!

    Beebe Okoye

  4. Victoria Coleman March 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Sounds amazing! We usually celebrate with two other families and divide up the menu. We pretty much eat the same thing each year, varying the desserts and adding extra dishes if we are having a larger gathering. This year we served: Ashkenazi charoset with walnuts, apples, sweet wine and cinnamon and your Syrian with Dried Apricots, Orange Juice, Pistachios and Orange Blossom Water (a big hit and the colors are so lovely); cold egg soup; store-bought gefilte with homemade chrein; chicken soup with matzo balls; Sephardic spring lamb stew; roasted potatoes; green salad; rich, flourless chocolate cake served with bananas and fresh strawberries. We also ate too much!!

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