Passover Rescue Plan

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Chef Laura Frankel
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Olive oil

I was really starting to fret as I was planning my menus a mere 4 weeks before the Seders, when I realized that I have a secret weapon for the holiday. My favorite ingredient Extra Virgin Olive Oil is kosher for Passover. I may have to give up my pastas, rices and spices, but I still have my extra virgin olive oil.

All extra virgin olive oils are kosher for Passover and year round, even with out kosher supervision. How awesome is that? We may give up our breads and cakes for eight days, but we will emerge from the holiday having feasted on foods made with delicious and healthy extra virgin olive oil. You cannot say that about Kosher for Passover oil which tends to be harsh and bitter and not healthy like extra virgin olive oil. How much cooking time and how many ingredients do you need to cover up the taste of bad oil?

My nerves have been calmed and I am cool as a spring day in Chicago knowing that my Passover plan has been executed. I can approach the holiday with excitement…….now back to those Seder menus.

Here are a few recipes that can be used for Seder or any time that highlight olive oil.

Leek and Baby Spinach Soup

Pan Roasted Striped Bass with Almond and Green Olive Tapenade

Grilled Lettuce Salad

Crunchy Potato Cakes

Chocolate Mousse with Extra Virgin Olive Oil