Top 5 Jewish Foods for Breaking Passover


With Passover ended, many have gone eight days and nights without leavened bread, wheat, barley, spelt, rye, and oats, or any number of traditionally forbidden substances like corn, legumes, and seeds.

Now is the perfect time to go crazy with a chametz-kitniyot binge. Here are Jspace’s top picks for saying goodbye to this year’s Passover festival.

1. Bagel

Not only is it one of the all-time great Jewish foods, but the bagel is basically the ideal of wheat and leavening. Sure, some have developed a kosher for Passover alternative, but we highly doubt it’s the same.

2. Pastrami Sandwich with Mustard

It’s not just the rye bread–though we’re sure you’ve been craving that all week. But in fact, every piece of this deli classic is verboten during Pesach. The bread is obvious, but not just for the rye and wheat flour, also for the seeds that often top it. The pastrami could feasibly be made kosher for Passover, but traditional pastrami spice rubs usually contain some ingredient that is at least concerning to authorities, like coriander or cardamom. And that mustard? Made from seeds (kitniyot), it’s right out. But not during the rest of the year!

3. Noodle Kugel

Passover is often a smorgasbord of various kugels like potato and carrot, but not the signature noodle (lokshen) kugel–for obvious reasons. Indulge in the egg noodles, cheese, and raisins now, or try out a more savory combination.

4. Challah

Can’t wait for the Sabbath? Challah is great anytime–dipped in egg batter and fried for French Toast, toasted dry and smeared with peanut butter, or just plain, soft and eggy.

5. Knish

With the Great Knish Drought finally over, you still have lots of catching up to do to make up for lost time. That flaky crust was forbidden during Passover, but is just fine now. For a double dose of chametz, get a kasha (buckwheat) knish.


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