Elegant Passover Recipes

Knaidelach (Matzo Balls and Goose Soup)
Crumbling matzo to make the matzo balls gives them a striated texture but if you want them even more springy and airy, use baking powder. See the recipe for Knaidelach »Landon Nordeman

This year, Passover begins on the evening of April 18. As with many Jewish holidays, this springtime celebration is laden with food traditions and culinary symbolism, though the Pesach menu is one defined not by adding new foods, but by leaving some out: for eight days, we eat no leavened foods, no bread products, and (depending on your observance) no beans or legumes. Instead of inhibiting kitchen creativity, these restrictions elevate it: Passover foods are beautiful, soulful, familial, and flavorful, an eight-day tribute to freedom, independence, and the delicate flavors of spring. These recipes — from a classic brisket to a shockingly good kosher-for-Passover take on fried chicken — will make for a beautiful seder meal.__