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Molly's Passover vegetable stuffing

Saturday night, the first night of Passover this year, will mark our 100th family Seder. When we were married just one year, my husband Marvin and I decided to observe the first two Seder nights of Passover in our own ... Read more

Active work time: 20 minutes | Total preparation time: 35 minutes | Serves 12
Note: I adapted my mother's vegetable stuffing for Passover by substituting matzo meal, cake meal and Passover cereal. It has become a family heirloom that is treasured for its delicious self, besides the happy memories it evokes of family celebrations. While my mother's recipe dates back to a time before food processors, I chop the onions, garlic and celery in the food processor fitted with the knife blade. Then I change to the grater blade and grate the carrots, parsnip and zucchini, and what took her hours to make takes me about 10 minutes.
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 6 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 parsnip, grated
  • 2 zucchini, unpeeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup raisins, plumped in 1 cup Concord grape wine
  • 1/2 cup minced parsley
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons matzo meal
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons matzo cake meal
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Passover cereal, uncooked, optional
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Step 1In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and cook the onions and garlic until soft, about 3 minutes.

Step 2Add the celery, carrots, parsnip and zucchini, and toss well. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften. Drain the raisins and add them to the vegetables with the parsley.

Step 3Stir in 1 tablespoon each of the matzo meal, matzo cake meal and Passover cereal (if using). Add the red wine and mix well. Stir in the remaining dry ingredients, a little at a time, until the stuffing is moist and soft but firm in texture. Season with salt and pepper. Cool.


The vegetable stuffing may be baked in a well-oiled (10-inch) casserole, baked at 350 degrees until lightly browned, about 45 minutes, and served as a side dish.

Each serving:
70 calories; 646 mg sodium; 192 mg cholesterol; 5 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 1 gram carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 0 fiber.
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