A Spanish Seder Menu

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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I love ethnic food. Well, okay, I love all food, but I have a special place in my heart for creating menu based on a specific international cuisine. So a few years ago when I found kosher for Passover soy sauce I created a Chinese Seder. It got rave reviews and has become a new family tradition. Last year, I had to host two Seders, so I was looking for something new and decided to try Spanish food and it worked beautifully!

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It all starts with the soup. Chicken Soup with Sofrito and Saffron Matzo Balls is flavorful and comforting. You can keep all the parts separate, if some of the little ones don't want sofrito (a Spanish vegetable saute) you can leave it out.

spanish eggplant stuffed artichoke bottoms

Then you can fill the meal with an assortment of tapas, like this easy appetizer using frozen artichoke bottoms filled with Sabra Spanish Eggplant.  You can't get much easier and they are really tasty too, served hot or cold.

This classic Spanish tapas recipe of egg and potatoes in an omelet can be served hot or cold, which is perfect for a Passover seder where your oven will already be overflowing. Instead of hard boiled eggs around the table, pass around little slices of this scrumptious treat.

Paella is traditionally made with rice and seafood and meat, but for Passover I made it with quinoa, sausage and chicken.

I love Romesco sauce on everything so make a big batch and use throughout Passover.  Either follow the recipe with the asparagus and sub out matzo for bread or use this Romesco Recipe, which is my favorite.

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Pesach Fingers

For dessert, I suggest a few small sweets.  Chocolate Covered Strawberries are always a winner as our these ridiculously easy cookies, Pesach Fingers (made from your favorite kind of nut), and of course Macaroons or Meringues.

Dress the table with vibrant colors this year enjoy some of the flavors of Spain at your Seder.

Note: A few of these recipes use Saffron which some consider to be kitniyot (The OU says it is not kitniyot but may require special checking), these dishes can be made without Saffron if desired.