So, I sat down and figured out what we’re going to serve folks for the Seder. The only who non-vegetarian items on the menu are my grandma’s traditional gefilte fish, whose absence would lead the masses to charge on the Bastille, and chicken broth, to which we will provide a mushroom broth alternative for non-carnivores. Apart from that, some of this stuff has already been featured here (but will be served in a more festive manner), and some of it will be posted when I do trial runs for everything. Caveat for kosher keepers – we eat grains and legumes during Passover, and, while there’s a chicken broth option, the parfait is dairy.

On the table during the Readings:

seder plate
homemade olives
nuts and almonds
deviled Eggs


gefilte fish
tomatoes stuffed with quinoa salad
mushrooms stuffed with vegetables and herbs


chicken broth
Shiitake mushroom broth


eggplant-tomato bake with soy and herbs
roasted roots/root mash
greens with garlic
lentil pancakes
onions stuffed with rice and spices
green salad with avocado and grapefruit
colorful veg salad


lemon parfait
matzoh layered chocolate cake
fruit plate
coffee and teas

Recommended Posts


  1. i’ve also seen people put various dips and things to dip in them on the table throughout the readings as a takeoff from the dipping theme in the text itself

  2. Chanie, there should be salt water and horseradish on the table – forgot about that. To dip the eggs and the celery.

    And Chad will probably make charoset from apples, dates, nuts and cinnamon, and serve it at the beginning and for dessert.

  3. they did more non-traditional stuff – vegetables and chumus, chips andd guacamole, french fries and ketchup(for the kids), etc.
    for people to snack on until the meal part.

  4. Chanie, I suspect that with my family’s speed-reading habits before the food part, they won’t need anything to sustain them until the “real” meal shows up. 🙂

  5. 🙂
    you’ve also got plenty of other food, so shouldnt be a problem. and nuts and olives for those who are hungry. we sometimes don’t get to the meal until late, and especially with little kids around, that can become an issue. so that’s why i liked the idea.

  6. It *is* a nice idea. A couple of years ago, when I was invited to do the seder with friends who read more ceremoniously and who had kids over, I made little fried balls from tuna, matzo meal and eggs, which were a good substitute for the traditional gefilte fish and served as an excellent snack. At the time, we also did stuffed mushrooms and tomatoes before the readings.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *