Passover is right around the corner, and we all have the same thing on our minds. How do I use up all of this chametz???
Whether it’s puff pastry in the freezer, extra challah on the counter, or a bunch of pretzels in the pantry, there always seems to be so much excess food that we don’t know what to do with. So, instead of just eating them as-is, we’ve gathered a bunch of easy recipes for repurposing all. that. food.
Trust us, with these recipes, getting rid of chametz is going to be the fun part of your Passover prep!
Popcorn, pretzels, and snacks:
- Golden Shnitzel Bites by Brynie Greisman
These crispy shnitzel bites are sure to please even your pickiest eater. They are literally gobbled up by everyone! Serve with a fresh salad dressed lightly with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
- Pretzel Brownies by Sina Mizrahi
I’ve been searching for the perfect brownie recipe for a long time. One that would rival the cheap, convenient stuff that comes in a box. It had to be dense, fudgy, and chewy, with the signature crackly top. Most importantly, it had to be easy — really easy. And here it is. This brownie comes together without melting chocolate, and I make it sans mixer, which means it’s easy and convenient. Best of all, it is incredibly delicious, with a pronounced dark chocolate flavor and contrast from the salty pretzels.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie “Pizza” by Rivky Kleiman
A creative way to enjoy an old-time classic. Just whip up a batch of cookie dough and let your imagination run wild.
- Cookie Butter Pretzel Snack Mix by Shushy Turin
The salty, crunchy pretzels are coated in a sweet and creamy cookie butter shell. It’s the ultimate snack food and keeps you coming back for more, and more, and –sadly for my waistline – even more! This entire recipe takes about 10 minutes to throw together and is perfect for kids and adults. Plus, it can be made in advance, which is even more bonus! Legit though, it has sprinkles, which for me is the kicker. I really should have just started and ended this whole shpeil at sprinkles.
- Pretzel-Coated Oven-Fried Chicken by Faigy Grossman
Crispy and oh-how-tasty, this chicken recipe will garner rave reviews from children and adults alike.
- Chicken Pretzel Nuggets by Brynie Greisman
Pretzels present a very novel idea in coating your chicken cutlets. Everyone is intrigued by how they look and wants to try them. They taste best freshly made, however, I’ve made them on a Thursday and served them on Shabbos — both at night and by day, and they were fine.
- Popcorn Cake by Chavi Feldman
Popcorn and candy come together in this delectable Purim favorite. Easy enough for the kids to throw together (and sample it, too!), this one is a true winner.
- Spinach Salad with Soy Dressing and Popcorn Croutons by Elizabeth Kurtz
I’m always looking for a fun crunch topping to add to my salads. Of course, toasted nuts such as sunflower seeds would work here too. Fresh popcorn sprinkled on top is not only on trend but also makes for Instagram-worthy photos and lots of opinionated fun conversation. I like to use homemade popcorn because I can season it to match the salad, but feel free to use a good-quality, fresh and crunchy store-bought variety, too.
- Grilled Vegetable Ring by Chanie Nayman
All parties should have at least one food item that is a sharing kind of dish. This is one of those things that are just “fun food” in addition to being delicious!
- Puff Pastry Fish Loaf with Dill Dip by Sabrina Gornish
This recipe is an easy way to upgrade your standard gefilte fish loaf and make it a little more interesting. Enjoy with a quick and delicious dill mayo, or your favorite spread!
- Meat Knishes by Brynie Greisman
I serve this recipe as an appetizer with mushroom sauce on Yom Tov. When I make a log, I slice and serve it as an additional meat choice. It’s really good, and it freezes beautifully, too.
- Deli Twist Breadsticks by Chaia Frishman
This was hands down the best chicken pastrami I ever tasted. Soft and moist without an artificial aftertaste, this recipe is a winner for a Shabbos side dish.
- Raspberry Palmiers by Faigy Grossman
An adorable presentation, these pastries, known also as “elephant ears,” are as eye-catching as they are delicious!
Bread, wraps, and bagels:
- Cinnamon Chocolate Crock-Pot Bread Pudding by Sima Kazarnovsky
Is there anything more indulgent than melted chocolate chips in a creamy, custardy, bread pudding, topped with cinnamon and sugar? No. No, there is not. Also, your kitchen is going to smell incredible.
- Kale Feta Salad on Crispy Bagel Rounds by Chanie Nayman
This is a very forgiving recipe. Mix and match ingredients to your taste!
- Falafel-Inspired Wraps by Chavi Feldman
One of my sons barely eats any protein; he’s a pizza and macaroni kind of guy. But for some reason, he actually likes chickpeas! Needless to say, I try to have them in my fridge at all times. When trying to use up some of the extra chickpeas, I came up with this delicious version of a chickpea salad. Think deconstructed falafel, without all of the frying and extra calories! Yum!
- French Toast with Vanilla Butter by Sharon Zwickler
Slather this great vanilla butter on HOT French toast and have the delicious goodness melt in. Yum..
- Apple and Walnut Challah Kugel from the Nitra Cookbook
Got too many challah rolls for mishloach manot? Turn them into challah kugel! Here’s a classic, easy recipe.
- Smoked Turkey Chestnut Challah Stuffing by Chanie Apfelbaum
Cooking stuffing inside the cavity of a turkey has long been frowned upon in the culinary world. The idea of the stuffing soaking up all the bacteria-laden juices does not sit well with many. I love the idea of turning the stuffing inside out and putting smoked turkey inside of it! It adds a delicious smoky flavor and is practically a whole meal-in-one.
- Southwestern Chicken Salad by Brynie Greisman
This salad is literally bursting with flavor and texture in each bite. Yes, there are quite a few ingredients and a number of steps, but it’s really worth the time and effort, plus a lot of the preparation can be done in advance. It can be an appetizer, a salad, or even a light main dish. It’s magnificent served layered in a trifle bowl. Exact measurements are hard to give because a lot is dependent on taste and preference.
Cold cuts and hot dogs:
- Hot Dog Egg Rolls by Adina Silberman
Mini franks in blanks are always a safe, kid-friendly bet, but can sometimes feel too safe, almost boring. This recipe for mini hot dog egg rolls with dipping is just different enough to excite those eaters who enjoy a little variety.
- Sheet Pan BBQ Sausage and Peppers by Miriam (Pascal) Cohen
This supper is a real “no fuss” kind of meal: Toss a few things together on a baking sheet, throw it in the oven, and come back 30 minutes later to find a delicious supper that your entire family will love.
- Maple-BBQ Franks ‘n Beans by Miriam (Pascal) Cohen
The alternative (much longer) title for this recipe is “I-need-to-get-supper-on-the-table-in-10-minutes-and-I-need-to-know-that-my-kids-will-eat-it franks ’n beans.” But seriously, this super kid–friendly dish is packed with flavor in just minutes of cooking!
- Too Good! Deli Salad by Faigy Grossman
I created this salad with the idea that it would be a nice Purim seudah salad to serve with the main course. Once I plated it (and ended up eating the whole thing up!), I realized that it also makes a gorgeous appetizer, so it’s your choice when to use it. What’s amazing (besides the incredible taste) is how simple it is to prepare — you can really pull the whole thing together in minutes!
- Deli Roses by The Peppermill
Try this pretty twist on classic deli roll.
Bread crumbs and croutons:
- Extra Crispy Chicken Nuggets from the Dining In Cookbook
On the kid-friendly scale, these extra crispy chicken nuggets definitely rate a 10. Serve with ketchup or duck sauce because dipping is FUN!
- Beer-Batter Broccoli Bites by Rivky Kleiman
Toothsome broccoli in a crisp and crunchy coating with a tangy and satisfying dip. A very palatable appetizer or side dish that will disappear before your eyes.
- Homemade Fish Sticks by Sina Mizrahi
The breading for these homemade tilapia fish sticks has a unique twist- the bread crumbs or panko are combined with ground coconut. Lightly seasoned, this dish will go over well with kids.
Crunchy Crouton Salad from the Dining In Cookbook
This simple lettuce salad with garlic-mayo dressing is a favorite with kids and their parents, too.
- Daniel’s Favorite Caesar Salad by Jessica Landa
This is the salad that pairs well with literally any kind of main dish. Not to be missed!
Egg roll wrappers:
- Salami Egg Roll Bites by Esty Wolbe
Egg rolls are always fun to eat, but not so much fun to make. That is until now.
- Broccoli Kugel Spring Rolls by Miriam (Pascal) Cohen
If your family is a fan of broccoli kugel but you’re looking for a way to switch it up with a new and exciting twist, this is the recipe for you! It’s familiar but different, and just so delicious!
- Pastrami Loaded Wonton Nachos by Shaindy Siff
A new level of crunch like you’ve never seen. These nachos will become a family favorite; you won’t be able to stop at just one!
Oats and cereal:
- Apple-Pear Fruit Crumble by Estee Kafra
Over the years, one of the recipes I’ve gotten the most feedback on is a pear crumble that I wrote for my second cookbook, Cooking with Color. It’s not so much the recipe but the method that people love. In order to prevent the crumbs from getting soggy and melting into the fruit, I discovered that if you bake the crumbs separately on a cookie sheet and bake the fruit first, you end up with a wonderful crunchy topping on a warm, soft fruit.
- Oatmeal Craisin Bars by Brynie Greisman
These snacks aren’t too sweet and have a creamy flavorful filling you’re going to love.
- Peanut Chew Brownies by Faigy Grossman
What could be better than the combination of three yummy flavors: chocolate, marshmallow, and peanut butter? These bars will be gone before you blink!
- White Chocolate Cookie Butter Nutty Buddies by Chaia Frishman
Did you know that another name for muddy buddies is puppy chow? Hmmmm. I would never share my personal version on these with any canine. With white chocolate, cookie butter and a dash of cinnamon, welcome to this game-changer for snack time.
Frozen pizza dough, premade crusts, and flatbreads:
- Pulled Beef Flatbread by Elizabeth Kurtz
A delicious, keep-it-simple recipe. The amazing part is that it looks so complicated and on-trend (everything on a pizza crust is good!).
- Focaccia Fingers with Za’atar by Estee Kafra
Super-simple to make, these are easy and addictive. If you don’t have za’atar, you can use your favorite spices and it’ll be just fine.
- Pull-Apart Deli Pie by Faigy Grossman
When you think of appetizers that please everyone, it’s impossible to ignore the magic of “pull apart.” This beautiful deli flower is chock full of pastrami, turkey, and more.
- Cheesy BBQ Mock Meat Pizza by Estee Kafra
A fantastic blend of flavors that will satisfy all meat lovers and pizza lovers at once. For all you “fleishaphobians” out there, and lovers of artisan pizza, this one is for you.
- Pizza Quiche by Chayie Schlisselfeld
Who says being a grown-up means you can never eat pizza? Enjoy this delicious “crossover” dish guilt-free, as it is also low in fat.
- Chocolate Fudge Pie with Pretzel Streusel Topping by Miriam (Pascal) Cohen
This sweet and salty masterpiece is the perfect way to end a Shabbos or Yom Tov meal. It also happens to be ridiculously easy to make. Shhhh! Our secret!
- PB & J Hand Pies by Victoria Dwek
The classic PB&J combination in these adorable mini pies makes them fun, nostalgic, and simple to make! You can easily make a large batch of these to stash away in the freezer for a quick snack for the kiddos…or the adults!
Candy, marshmallows, and chocolate:
- S’mores Bars by Nechama Norman
These bars take no time to make and they are super delicious. It’s like taking a bite into summer!
- S’mores Parve Ice Cream Sandwiches by Sina Mizrahi
To me, “barbecue dessert” instantly translates to s’mores. There is no more fitting end to a summer cookout than the taste of burnt marshmallow and the crunch of graham crackers, contrasted with velvety melted chocolate. I gave this classic a twist, adding an ice cream element, because as far as I’m concerned, ice cream in the summer is compulsory. Best of all, these store well and can be made ahead of time.
- Dairy Chocolate Chip Muffins by Sweet Moments: Rega Matok
Like chocolate chip muffins? Here’s an easy and delicious recipe that all your kids will enjoy making and eating. Soft, buttery, extra-rich muffins with a vanilla scent, speckled with lots of chocolate chips that melt in your mouth between bites. A great treat with your coffee or as an afternoon snack.
- Jumbo Everything (But The Kitchen Sink) Cookies by Miriam (Pascal) Cohen
This is a variation on the mishloach manos I gave last year. There’s just something about the jumbo cookie that had everyone raving about them, calling me for the recipe. Well, here it is!
Originally published March 2019. Updated and improved March 2022.