From Our Table To Yours
Both Dédé and I grew up in non-secular Jewish/Catholic households. And we both lived in communities with large Jewish populations. So even though our families only occassionally observed traditional Jewish practices we were often included in those of our friends, more devout family and neighbors. And we ate culturally Jewish dishes throughout the year as part of our regular meals. So we have a fondness for the traditional Passover Seder as well as that of the Easter meal. We got to have the best of both worlds!
Dédé has been in the kitchen for the past two weeks cooking and recipe testing all of the below new additions to our recipe collection to be able to bring you an almost entirely low FODMAP Passover menu. I have been slaving away at taste testing. (I know, it’s a tough job, but I somehow muddle through. You are welcome.) We hope these recipes give you the ability to fully partake in this year’s Passover Seder.
And may we all reflect on the meaning and value of freedom and peace in our world.
Blessings to you all, Robin and Dédé
Fresh herbs along with Garlic-Infused Olive Oil, salt and pepper are puréed in the food processor or blender and slathered all over the meat to marinate and infuse flavor for a few hours before roasting. I have made this dish with thyme, oregano, dill and marjoram, but I always come back to rosemary as my favorite.
Jews in Eastern Europe from decades past lived frugal lives and lesser expensive cuts of meat, such as brisket, were commonplace. They became quite adept at cooking this cut of meat in a variety of ways – some savory, some a little sweet.
Just as with our brisket, this recipe uses a heavy Dutch-oven, we start the recipe on top of the stove and then it goes into the oven where the bulk of the recipe cooking time occurs, allowing you time to make salad and/or mashed potatoes – or take a nap!
A little unconvential for Passover but we love brisket! Just serve without the bread for Passover- it would be yummy alongside the Potato Au Gratin! It is super easy to make – you start it on the stove and then it finishes cooking in the oven. It is braised in a rich, flavorful sauce in the oven for a long period of time, but it can be unattended, so don’t be put off by the time cues below. This Oven Braised BBQ Brisket is a powerhouse of flavor and takes advantage of FODY BBQ Sauce, which we embellish with some additional seasonings.
Passover was looming and I thought, okay Dédé, you are a FODMAPer, eat gluten-free and your Mom was Jewish, so get into the Test Kitchen and develop a recipe for matzo balls. At first I was daunted; then I got really excited. And as the recipe came together, I got REALLY excited. I bring you our very own low FODMAP gluten-free Matzo Ball Soup! And it is based upon our Monash University Certified Low FODMAP Chicken Stock!
While we tend to concentrate more on recipes that actually bring several ingredients together, every once in a while we like a food prepared very simply. This recipe has two ingredients and one is water! We think you will find our Perfect Steamed Green Beans to be very versatile.
Did the title “Sautéed Radishes” get you? I have a pretty sophisticated palate; I’ve eaten all over the world and few things surprise me, even if I haven’t had them myself. This one got me (we weren’t talking daikon, which I have had cooked, of course). Throughout 2017 all of a sudden I kept coming across recipes for sautéed radishes and cooked radishes of various forms. Hmm, I thought. How is it that I have never had these or made these – with plain old red radishes? It was time.
In my effort to bring you low FODMAP dishes for your Passover table I was determined to develop a recipe for charoset. It is a sweet mixture, sometimes paste-like, often made up of apples or pears, sometimes dried fruit, nuts and spices. The original color and texture is meant to recall the mortar that the Israelites used during their enslavement in Ancient Egypt. The word itself comes from the Hebrew word “cheres”, meaning clay. We are thrilled with how this turned out!
We love roasting as a technique for vegetables because it brings out their natural sweetness and provides a nice char at the same time. This very simple, one-pan Roasted Zucchini with Lemon & Garlic is fabulous with any kind of roasted or grilled meat.
Rainbow carrots! Sometimes we are like kids in a candy store when we discover a “new” vegetable or fruit. Oftentimes it is just new to us, but sometimes it is because it is newly available at market. Such is the case with “rainbow” carrots. A few years ago they began being stocked regularly in our supermarket and we love them! Who doesn’t like eating burgundy colored food? Well, maybe that isn’t that question to ask, but seriously aren’t they pretty?
If you are keeping Kosher you may want to consider the next side dish- as this has dairy. If you are not – then this is a delicious addition to the meal. What do I crave alongside my roast beef, leg of lamb or baked ham? Potato Gratin, which is why we figured it was about time that we added one to our line-up. And it goes great alongside a roast chicken or turkey, as well.
If you are looking for classic potato latkes, we’ve got ‘em! These Vegetable Latkes, as you can see in the colorful images, are a little different. Each one is a 50/50 blend of starchy russet potatoes and either (left to right in image) zucchini, carrots or beets.
Desserts & Cookies
This gluten-free, dairy-free Lemon Almond Cake is simple, elegant and quite unusual. You can read the history of the orange almond cake that it was based upon in our Clementine Almond Cake recipe. The unusual aspect to make note of is that you will be using the whole lemons! They are poached in water until meltingly soft, then the entire fruit is puréed in the food processor and used in a very simple cake batter comprised of ground almonds, sugar, eggs and a smidgeon of baking powder.
This cake has quite a history. I read about it long ago – and then forgot it. Years later – just a couple of months ago in fact – my friend Georgie brought this cake to the gym (yes, cake at the gym. Don’t judge us) and I fell in love with it. When she showed me the recipe, the memory of seeing it originally came back. I am thrilled to bring you this Clementine Almond Cake.
As we expand our offerings here at FODMAP Everyday® you will eventually see several versions, most likely, but for now check out our Heart of Gold Flourless Chocolate Cake for an especially rich one – and it can be made in a round pan so you do not have to wait for Valentine’s Day! This Flour Chocolate Cake below here is a tad less rich and bit more like a cake, while that other one is more like a giant truffle! But this is still a far cry from, say, a chocolate butter cake. It needs no embellishment, although we are partial to a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream and/or a few raspberries.
I have written many books on cookies and made them by the dozens every single day at our bakery, so I do consider myself a bit of a cookie expert. When I tell you that these Coconut Macaroons are the best ever, I’m not kidding! Here’s what makes them special: I recommend a combination of unsweetened coconut for maximum coconut flavor and sweetened long-flake coconut shreds for its incomparable chewy texture. The two together make what I think is the best coconut macaroon, maximizing flavor as well as texture.
If you are looking for a plain, non-chocolate macaroon, we’ve got those, too! Check out our Coconut Macaroons, with their perfect-for-Passover ingredients. Robin and I used to offer macaroons at our bakery, so that recipe has been around for a while, but for some strange reason I had never gotten around to developing one with added cocoa. Well, here it is! And it is even better than the ones I remember from my childhood. Super easy, too. You can whip up the batter in less time than it takes the oven to preheat.
What Foods Are Low FODMAP for Passover?
At Passover those of the Jewish faith the world over celebrate and much of that celebration revolves around food and the family table. The seder plate often is center stage. Luckily for us FODMAPers, we can enjoy a traditional seder with very few changes, including the foods on the ceremonial seder plate. Let’s take them one by one….
Do you have a favorite low FODMAP Passover Recipe you’d like to share? What is your favorite part of Passover? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below.