Our Family’s Mashed Potato Passover Seder

I hope you and your family had a meaningful Passover Seder this weekend. It almost didn’t happen for us because, I don’t know about you, but 2 Passovers in one pandemic was getting me down. But, somehow I pulled it together at the last minute and we had a lovely meal together as a family.

If you’ve been following along for a while, you may know that our big Passover tradition is to re-interpret the seder with a different food theme each year. One reason is due to our family being pescatarian. Another is that we enjoy the extra thought that goes into what each food on the seder plate before we even sit down for the meal. You have to really think deeply to consider the meaning behind each symbol if you want to come up with new ones.

This year’s theme was a mashed potato bar. In previous years, we’ve also done a chocolate seder and a sushi seder. Maybe next year will be pizza or tacos. We’ll see!

So, here’s a breakdown of the swaps we made for each of the traditional foods:

  • For the maror, or bitter herbs, we swapped out parsley with chives.
  • We decided to keep the chazeret as horseradish since it went well with the theme as-is.
  • The charoset sub wasn’t sweet, but we did keep it mortar-like by mixing sour cream with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Our karpas was steamed broccoli.
  • The zeroa, or lamb shank, is represented by roasted salmon.
  • And finally, the roasted egg is actually just a tiny potato, since they are naturally round.

Does your family have a unique Passover tradition? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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