Rachel Willen's Elegant Passover Menu

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Rachel Willen's Elegant Passover Menu
Rachel Willen's Elegant Passover Menu (ABC News)

While this Passover menu nods to the traditional foods we've come to expect and uses the flavors represented on the Seder plate, it approaches this special meal with an updated elegance.

Passover is meant to be a remembrance of hard times and oppression, but it is also a celebration of nature's bounty, freedom and new beginnings. This menu also makes Passover or any holiday meal a celebration of great food!

Morrocan Mortar (Sephardic Charoset)

A symbolic Passover dish, this recipe is best enjoyed 1 to 2 hours after it is made. Serve with matzoh or in an endive leaf as an appetizer.

Fluffy Herbed Matzoh Dumplings in Chicken or Golden Vegetable Broth

This recipe allows for vegetable broth if you have guests who are vegetarians. Simmer the broth while the dumplings are cooking.

Fall-Apart Horseradish Braised Lamb with Mint/Parsley Pistou

You have to try this delicious lamb braised with horseradish and garlic. Drizzle the mint pistou, similar to pesto, on top of the finished lamb.

Roasted Root Vegetable Tzimmes

Carrots, turnips, parsnips and squash taste fantastic with the dried fruit and honey. Roast them as a fantastic complement to the braised lamb.

Leek, Carrot, Zucchini Potato Kugel

This is another fantastic side dish to be served with the lamb. Cut the kugel into squares and serve hot out of the oven next to the brisket.

Ras Al Hanout and Honey Glazed Turkey Brisket with Apricots, Figs and Plums

This dish needs plenty of time to cook, so plan ahead! Brining the turkey takes 2 to 3 hours and braising takes about 2 1/2 hours.

Almond-Macaroon Torte with Chocolate Frosting and Orange Compote

This light and airy dessert is the perfect finishing touch to the meal. Make sure you save room for dessert, this is a dessert you don't want to miss.

Rachel Willen is the founder of the popular site Food-fix.com