A Very Festive Passover Celebration & Matzo Farfel Kugel Recipe

Jessica, my dearest friend since high school is a newlywed as well. This year her and her husband Evan took on the family duty of hosting the first night of Passover at their home. Planning a seder dinner for 14 people is not the simplest undertaking and I was in awe that they would take on such a big event! The following photos are from their beautiful holiday celebration.

The Passover Table

Setting the table for 14 people in itself is a big step. 14 sets of silverware, 14 sets of plates, 14 Haggadahs which tell the story of the Jews escape from slavery in Egypt, matzo and the special Afikoman bag that holds them, the seder plate filled with 6 symbolic foods, wine, candles, and a small bowl of salt water representing tears.

The Seder Plate
The Afikoman with Matzo inside

After getting the table all setup, there is the food. The Passover seder meal is important both for religious and cultural reasons. A Jewish tradition continued on for generation after generation, many of the dishes served are quite traditional as well. However, there are more modern takes on them as well these days. Jessica and Evan made homemade, from scratch Matzo Ball Soup, Potato Kugel Gratin, Sweet and Sour Brisket, Evan’s grandmother’s Matza Farafel Kugel recipe and traditional Charoset which is a mixture of dried fruits and nuts.

Matzo Ball Soup from scratch!
Potato Kugel Gratin 
Charoset being mixed
Grandma’s Matzo Farfel Kugel (Recipe below)

Here is the recipe for the wonderful Matza Farfel Kugel that Evan’s grandmother passed down to her daughter and is now being carried on by her grandchildren:

Matzo Farfel Kugel

Recipe from: The Family of Evan and Jessica S.
  • 2 cups matzo farfel
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp. oil or chicken fat
  • 1 tart apple, sliced or 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raisins or nuts, optional
  • Juice of 1 orange
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cover matzo farfel with cold water then drain immediately. Add the beaten eggs and other ingredients and mix well.
2. Pour into greased 9″x13″ baking dish and bake for one hour in the oven on the middle oven rack until browned. 
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2 Responses to A Very Festive Passover Celebration & Matzo Farfel Kugel Recipe

  1. Laney

    Look like you had a beautiful Sedar together! This is the way all of these wonderful traditions get started – and all of your photos will help you remember for next year, and the next and the next…(It’s such an easy holiday because the menu rarely changes!)

    • Newlywed Cook

      Thanks Laney! I was so impressed by my friends wonderful meal. I can’t wait to join in next year!

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