Recipe of the Week: Passover Celebration Meal

Today’s recipe of the week is one of my favorite celebration meals. We are not Jewish but feel that it is important to teach our children the meanings of the various Jewish holidays. Christ himself celebrated them and many of his teachings revolve around them. He himself fulfilled many of their symbolisms and they failed to see it. If we also fail to teach our children I believe that we will lose some of the significant meanings of them also.

We started having a family Passover meal each year with our children and teaching them how each step was fulfilled through Christ himself. We missed the actual Passover this year due to it being the last Friday of Lent and not wanting to just rush through it to say we did it. We wanted to postpone it so that the children got the true importance of it. So we will celebrate Thursday night. Today’s recipe will be on the menu for sure!

Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes

4 lbs. Beef brisket or chuck roast

10 lg. Carrots

10 med. White potatoes

6 med. Sweet potatoes

2 t. Kosher salt

¼ c. Brown sugar

1 med. Onion, sliced thin

4 T. matzah meal (or flour)

4 T. melted chicken fat or margarine

Cinnamon

Peel and cut carrots into 2” long pieces. Peel and cut potatoes into 1” rounds. Sear beef with onions over high heat in large roaster. Turn meat frequently until browned on all sides. Add carrots, potatoes, salt and sugar. Add water to cover and bring to boil. Cover and place into a 300° oven for 2 ½ to 3 hrs., until meat is tender enough to pierce with fork. Liquid should be reduced by about half at this point; if it reduces to quickly, add a little more water of beef stock.

In a sauce pan sauté matzah meal in melted fat. Add 3 T. of cooking liquid to make a thickening agent. Slowly add remaining liquid plus a dash of cinnamon to create a sauce. Pour sauce over meat and veggies and return to oven for 30-40 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow meat to rest before slicing. Serve!

Charoset

2 Tart apples

½ cup walnuts or pecans

¼ t. Cinnamon

1 t. Honey

1 T. Passover wine

Core apples. Chop apples and nuts together (food processor works great for this). Stir in cinnamon, honey and wine until well blended. Serve as a side on matzah.

Other Jewish and Passover resources:

Messianic Family Haggadah – Jews for Jesus

Walk with Y’shua through the Jewish Year – Janie-sue Wertheim and Kathy Shapiro (available at amazon.com)

Messiah – Prophecy Fulfilled DVD (available at amazon.com)

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