Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Passover Shopping List

Last Sunday morning, some friends and I made a pilgrimage to the ShopRite in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the grocery store with the most extensive Passover selection in our area. In recent years, most local grocery stores have whittled down their selection to little more than matzah meal, macaroons and beet soup, leaving serious Passover shopping to a smaller number of kosher shopping destinations.

Most of the vegetarian Passover recipes I've made for this blog rely primarily on fresh vegetables and herbs, which don't require any Passover certification. Some other ingredients, like extra virgin olive oil, don't require Passover certification, and some carry Passover certification all year round, like Domino's brown sugar. Matzah, of course, is available just about everywhere at this time of year. But there are some things that are a little harder to find and require a special trip to someplace like ShopRite.

This is the shopping list that I made for my trip to ShopRite this year. It is a surprisingly short list: only 26 ingredients, but of course I bought plenty of other impulse items! I have identified the recipes that use each of these ingredients including a few recipes coming soon, identified with asterisks! And I've also made a few notes about the availability of some of these ingredients.

Onward to the shopping list ...


ITEM RECIPES
Proteins
Quinoa

At one time, some certifiers accepted Ancient Harvest brand without certification, but I think they have backed away from that idea.

  • Spinach-Cheese-Quinoa Fritatta
  • Butternut Squash-Cheddar "Risotto"
  • Mediterranean Zucchini and Quinoa
  • Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
  • Quinoa Stuffed Cabbage

Chopped Nuts
  • Eggplant Parmesan (if used as a substitution)
  • Passover Nut Loaf
  • Vegan Shepherd's Pie *
  • charoses

Cheese and Other Dairy
Cheddar
  • Spinach-Cheese-Quinoa Fritatta
  • Butternut Squash-Cheddar "Risotto"
  • Broccoli-Potato-Cheese Soup

Mozzarella
  • Mediterranean Medley
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Potato-Cheese Gnocchi
  • Matzah Lasagna

Feta
  • Matzah Spanakopita

Parmesan and/or Romano
  • Spinach-Cheese-Quinoa Fritatta
  • Mediterranean Medley
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Potato-Cheese Gnocchi
  • Matzah Lasagna
  • Zucchini Alfredo *
  • Butternut Squash Matzo Lasagna *

Cottage cheese
Breakstones and other brands are commonly available with KFP certification in many grocery stores

  • Matzah Spanakopita
  • Solyanka Vegetable-Dairy Casserole
  • Potato-Cheese Gnocchi
  • Matzah Lasagna

Butter or Margarine
Breakstones is commonly available with KFP certification in many grocery stores; margarine is more of a problem
  • Creme Brulee Matzah Brei
  • Matzah Spanakopita
  • Broccoli-Potato-Cheese Soup
  • Solyanka Vegetable-Dairy Casserole
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Vegan Shepherd's Pie *
  • Zucchini Alfredo *

Cream cheese
Philadelphia brand is commonly available with KFP certification in many grocery stores

  • Zuccchini Alfredo *
  • Butternut Squash Matzo Lasagna *

Plain yogurt
Dannon and other brands are commonly available with KFP certification in many grocery stores

  • Solyanka Vegetable-Dairy Casserole

Starches
Matzah farfel
  • Eggplant Parmesan (optional)

Matzah meal
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (optional)

Potato starch
  • Matzah Spanakopita
  • Broccoli-Potato-Cheese Soup
  • Potato-Cheese Gnocchi
  • Zuccchini Alfredo *

Stuffing mix
  • Passover Nut Loaf

Liquids
Cooking wine or sherry
  • Creme Brulee Matzah Brei
  • Butternut Squash-Cheddar "Risotto"
  • Charoses (but you'll probably want to use some good wine for this)


Vegetable broth
  • Butternut Squash-Cheddar "Risotto"
  • Broccoli-Potato-Cheese Soup
  • Vegan Shepherd's Pie *
  • Butternut Squash Matzo Lasagna *


Cider vinegar
lemon juice can be substituted, either fresh-squeezed or from RealLemon, which is KFP without certification
  • Solyanka Vegetable-Dairy Casserole


Honey
  • Creme Brulee Matzah Brei
  • use as syrup on any matzah brei


Balsamic vinegar
  • not for any specific recipe, but use this with olive oil to make vinegarette dressing for any salad


Sauces
Tomato paste
  • Mediterranean Zucchini and Quinoa


Tomato sauce (plain)
  • Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
  • Quinoa Stuffed Cabbage


Pasta or pizza sauce
  • Eggplant Parmesan; Matzah Lasagna


Spices
Cinnamon
recipes are on my website, not on this blog

  • Matzah Brie; Charoses


Paprika
  • Solyanka Vegetable-Dairy Casserole


Black pepper
black pepper is also optional in many recipes
  • Solyanka Vegetable-Dairy Casserole


Salt
  • Optional in many recipes


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