Passover Desserts Done Right

Jelly rings, hard marshmallow chocolate things, “fruit”slices, dry cake, and the delightfully fatty macaroons… quite the array to choose from. If you are unfamiliar with each of these desserts, call yourself lucky. I love the tradition of Passover but MAN… the dessert choices aren’t so awesome.

In years past I have made caramelized chocolate matzo and I have every intention of making it again this year, however, I needed to spice things up this go around.

I love the coconut date rolls from the bulk section of Whole Foods. I buy them from time to time because they are a great dessert replacement. I have been thinking about making them but was unsure as to what to do. While in the kitchen today I was fiddling around and finally figured out how to make these awesome little treats. What’s even better is that they are Passover friendly!

I made a batch to bring to seder and am excited to share!

Coconut Date Rolls

Plan coconut and Cashew Coconut

Plan coconut and Cashew Coconut

Ingredients:

14 pitted dates
coconut shreds (about 3/4 c)
chopped cashews (optional)

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These dates are dangerously delicious

Kosher for Passover nuts from Whole Foods

Kosher for Passover nuts from Whole Foods

Directions:

Pitt the dates. Make sure to pull any tough pieces that remain.

photo (23)Mash dates with a spoon (or hand) until soft.

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Roll the dates into small nuggets. They can get quite sticky but once you put the coconut on them you can manipulate them more.

Not the most attractive food :)

Not the most attractive food 🙂

Roll nuggets into coconut shreds and coat.

For cashew rolls, dice up cashews and add to the rolling process. You can purchase Kosher for Passover nuts at Whole Foods.

chop into small pieces

chop into small pieces

Place into air tight container and store in fridge until ready to be served.

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Wine Tasting Party

I love wine. I love the food that compliments wine. I love wine culture. I love that my husband loves wine. I love that wine reminds me of Paris.

During winter break Stephen and I went to quite a few wine tastings. I adore the atmosphere and new information I learn. However, I don’t love the lack of community or silliness that is often left out of tastings. This absense got me thinking and I was inspired to fix this gap!

The solution: a wine tasting party! This past weekend my friends and I gathered to enjoy our favorite wines and hang out.

yay for hosting!

yay for hosting!

The rules were as follows: everyone bring their favorite wine for submission. Each submission would be ranked and the wine with the highest rating “won.”

submission cards

submission cards

This protocol was hard to follow as you can imagine. The winner was instead determined by which bottle had the least amount of wine left. Stephen’s selection won 🙂 The prize was…well…. camaraderie and shenanigans.

7 submissions total.. all were welcomed!

7 submissions total.. all were welcomed!

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Let the tasting begin!

In addition to having a ton of wine, we also had a lot of food. I haven’t had the chance to cook recently because of my schedule so the idea of preparing for a whole party thrilled me!

The Menu:

Cheese Plate:

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Sweet Pears (recipe below)
Brie
Blue Cheese
Garlic and Herb Goat
Compt
Grapes
Dried Figs
Unsulfered Apricots
Crostinis

slice unripe pear, sprinkle sugar on top, place in oven at 200 for 1 hour and serve

slice unripe pear, sprinkle sugar on top, place in oven at 200 for 1 hour and serve

Finger Foods:

the spread

the spread

Chocolate Dipped Dates
Goat Cheese and Thyme Stuffed Dates
Brie and Cranberry Stuffed Dates
Red Pepper, Artichoke, and Olive Bruchetta
Stuffed Mushrooms
Caprese Kabobs
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Rosemary and Thyme Crackers
Melba Toasts
Edamame Crackers (gluten free)

Stuffed with: chopped tomatoes, red pepper, black olives, basil and topped with mozzarella

Stuffed with: chopped tomatoes, red pepper, black olives, basil and topped with mozzarella

sprinkle with balsamic

sprinkle with balsamic

slice dates, stuff with blended goat cheese and thyme, top with pecan

slice dates, stuff with blended goat cheese and thyme, top with pecan

We had some fine submissions and attendants! Clearly we all took the process very seriously (note the sarcasm).

Stevi's sophisticated judging: "do not pair with gum"

Stevi’s sophisticated judging: “do not pair with gum”

Kendra advocated for the white wines

Kendra advocated for the white wines

decisions

decisions

these two.

these two.

It was a great party and I want to do it again! I can’t wait for a summer themed wine party… I dream big!