Celebrate Passover in Phoenix

Pass the Brisket and Matzo Ball Soup!

Passover is an important Jewish holiday celebrating freedom. The holiday meal is called a Seder (pronounced say-der). There are many traditions performed at Seder that all have historical meaning relating to the Jewish people’s slavery, suffering and persecution in Egypt, and their subsequent departure from Egypt -- the Exodus.

Passover is holiday that lasts for eight days, but the Seder takes place on the first or second night. In 2017 Passover starts at sundown on Friday, April 10 and ends at sunset on April 18.

The Hebrew word for Passover is Pesach (pronounced pay-sock). The meal has a specific order which includes stories, blessings and songs.

Clearly, none of the following Passover offerings follow the steps strictly, if at all, and they may not be kosher, but rather "kosher-style." If a traditional seder is not in your plans, but you would like to experience some of the foods that are enjoying during this holiday, one of the following might be appropriate.

Tax and gratuity is not included unless otherwise stated. All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

  • 01 of 06
    Brisket Dinner for Passover
    Brisket Dinner for Passover. Courtesy Chompie's

    Chompie's, Arizona's New York deli, celebrates the start of Passover with a special dine-in menu on April 10 and 11, 2017 from 5 p.m. to close.  The dinner ($32.95 for adults and $14.95 for children) includes soup, starter, a choice of traditional entrees, sides and dessert. 

    Chompie's Passover Dinner includes:
    - Choice of Housemade Chopped Liver or Gefilte Fish with Beet Horseradish
    - Choice of Chicken Soup with Matzo Ball or Sweet and Sour Cabbage
    - Entrée Choice of: Half roasted chicken with savory Passover Stuffing; or Braised Brisket of Beef with Gravy; or Steelhead Salmon Filet; or Roasted Turkey Breast with Passover Stuffing and Gravy
    - Potato Latke with Applesauce or Roasted Potatoes
    - Glazed Carrots or Old World Tzimmis
    - Assortment of Holiday Cakes

    Reservations are strongly recommended. Chompie's also offers a Passover To Go menu. Five locations in the Valley in Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, and Tempe. 

  • 02 of 06
    Braised Beef Brisket
    Braised Beef Brisket. Courtesy AJ’s Fine Foods

    Passover Dinner Specials:

    Visit the Bistro from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 for a Passover meal:
    - Roasted Pistachio Crusted Chicken Breast with Rustic Apple Compote ($14.99 per person)
    - Tender Braised Beef Brisket with Natural Root Vegetables Au Jus ($16.99 per person)
    - Grilled Salmon served with Herb Carrot Orange Zest ($17.99 per person)
    For parties of 6 or more, please make your reservation by April 7. Please check with your AJ's for additional accompaniments such as Potato Pancakes, Matzo Ball Soup, Apple-Nut Charoset, Kugel

    AJ's also offers a fine selection of kosher wines.

    From The Butcher's Corner:
    - Center-Cut Beef Brisket $8.99 per pound, Save $2 per pound, brisket price valid April 1-18, 2017. A limited supply of Free Seder bones are available in AJ's Butchers Corner.

  • 03 of 06
    Brisket and Matzoh Ball Soup
    Brisket and Matzoh Ball Soup. Courtesy Miracle Mile Deli

    From April 10 through April 18, 2017 locally owned and operated restaurant Miracle Mile Deli is offering a plate of brisket with veggies and Matzo Ball Soup (made from scratch daily!) for $12.50. Located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix, 602-776-0992.

  • 04 of 06
    Passover at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    Passover at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Courtesy PassoverVacations.com

    Presidential Kosher Holidays hosts a Glatt Kosher Passover vacation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. They have arranged Passover cuisine, Seders, onsite Synagogue, daily orthodox services, entertainment, lectures and family activities and more for their guests.This vacation is popular for both tourists and locals. It is sold out for this year, but you might want to make your reservation for next year! The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a luxury resort located in North Scottsdale.

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  • 05 of 06

    Recipe: Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

    Passover Latkes
    Passover Latkes. Courtesy Chompie's

    Make your own latkes for Passover or anytime! Potato pancakes, also known as latkes, are especially popular for Passover and Hanukkah holiday meals. Chompie's, a New York-style delicatessen, restaurant, bagel factory, bakery, and caterer with four locations in the Phoenix area, shares this recipe.

    Chompie's Latkes

    Ingredients:
    6-large russet potatoes
    2-large yellow onions
    4-eggs
    1/2 cup matzo meal
    2-tsp salt
    1-tsp black pepper
    1 1/2 tsp onion powder
    1/4 tsp baking powder

    Preparation:
    Shred potatoes with a grater and put in large mixing bowl. Dice onions and put add to potatoes. In a separate bowl mix eggs, salt, pepper, onion powder and baking powder. Mix liquid in with potatoes and onions. Slowly pour and fold matzo meal into bowl. In a frying pan place about a 1/4 inch of vegetable oil and bring to temperature. Scoop mixture into pancakes that are about 3 inches in diameter and fry till golden brown then turn over until done.

    Yield: about 24 pancakes

  • 06 of 06

    Recipe: Brisket of Beef

    Brisket of Beef
    Brisket of Beef. Courtesy Chompie's

    Chompie's knows that a tasty brisket is not only great on Jewish holidays, but might also be a preferred entree on other days, like Thanksgiving -- or any day of the year. Thanks, Chompie's, for sharing your Famous Brisket of Beef Recipe.

    Ingredients
    3-4 lb. Beef Brisket
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    1/2 chopped carrots
    1/2 cup diced onions
    16 oz. can crushed tomatoes
    2-Tbs. soy sauce
    1/4 cup Teriyaki sauce
    4-cups water
    1-tsp granulated onion
    1-tsp. granulated garlic
    1-tsp. black pepper

    Preparation:
    Combine spices, teriyaki and soy sauce to make a paste and rub on beef brisket. Place in roasting pan and add vegetables, crushed tomatoes, and water. Cover pan with aluminum foil and cook at 350 degrees for 2 hours or until meat is tender.

    Serves 6 to 8.