Seder Two Ways: Traditional and Innovative

Perhaps you wouldn’t dream of serving anything but your Great Aunt Ruby’s traditional Brisket Roast for Seder. Or maybe you prefer to spice things up a bit. Either way, here are simple ideas for your Seder this year.



Make this basic recipe for "Charoset," the mixture on the Seder plate that symbolizes the mortar used by Hebrew slaves in Egypt:

Get creative with your Charoset ingredients. Some to consider:

2 red apples, unpeeled, cored, and finely chopped

Pomegranate seeds

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Orange blossom honey

2 tablespoons golden honey


1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Green chili peppers

1/4 cup sweet Passover wine

Black pepper



Ask a guest to contribute a family heirloom to the meal, such as the Seder plate, and tell a special memory about it during Seder.

Put the Seder plate on a decorative raised cake platter for a presentation that really takes the cake!

Serve White Horseradish on the Seder plate to represent the "Maror," the bitter herbs.

Use Creamy Wasabi Horseradish Sauce (it’s fabulous on the Brisket Roast )

Consider passing around the traditional cup for the prophet Elijah and inviting everyone at the table to fill it with some wine from their cups.

In addition to Elijah’s cup, set out a cup for the prophetess Miriam. Fill it with water to symbolize Miriam’s Well, the water source for the Israelites in the desert.

Hide the "Aifkoman," a symbolic piece of Matzo, for kids to find. The winner gets Ultimate Triple Chocolate Macaroons. Triple delicious. And kosher for Passover!

Ask the kids to hide the Aifkoman for the adults to find. The winner gets the Gold! Premium Gold Gefilte Fish, that is.

Give a gift of homemade Traditional Matzo Ball Soup by filling a jar you decorate with bows, beads, buttons, baubles, whatever! (A perfect project for the children).

For a colorful take on tradition, make Susie Fishbein’s Tri-color Matzo Ball Soup.


Passover Shopping List

  • Candles
  • Matzo
  • Matzo meal and farfel
  • Grape juice and/or wine (enough for 4 glasses per person)
  • Gefilte fish
  • Horseradish
  • Parsley or lettuce
  • Eggs
  • Charoset ingredients (such as Apples, Walnuts and Cinnamon)
  • A Shankbone
  • Kosher salt
  • Salad and salad dressing
  • Ingredients for first course, such as Matzo ball soup
  • Ingredients for main course
  • Ingredients for side dishes
  • Ingredients for dessert (such as cake meal or potato starch)
  • Condiments
  • Cooking spray
  • Tea and coffee
  • Flowers for centerpiece
  • A small Afikoman gift (the gift for finding the hidden Matzo)