Mar 26 2012

Vegan Passover Minas

PassoverMinas
Most Passover entrees have meat, eggs, or cheese, or all of the above!

Finding a vegetarian option, let alone vegan, was a challenge, but out of all the recipes I tried this was the best. In fact, I make it even when it’s not Passover, which most people can’t say about Passover entrees. It’s not a holiday known for being too yummy.

I found a version of this recipe in The Vegan Holiday Kitchen – a great book! I only made a few simple changes.

First, peel, chop, and boil the potatoes in boiling water until tender. The amount of time will very upon the size of the pieces.  When tender, drain, and mash. You can add vegan butter if you like, but it’s not necessary.

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Cover the cashews with 1 cup of boiling water in a heatproof bowl and let stand for at least 15 minutes.

Cashews

Drain the cashews, then combine with the avocado and lemon juice in a food processor. Process until smoothly pureed; drizzle enough water through the feed tube while the processor is running to give the mixture a thick, creamy texture.

PassoverAvocado

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the leeks and sauté over medium-low heat until golden.

PassoverLeeks

Add the spinach in batches, covering and cooking until wilted to make room for all of it.

PassoverSpinach

Stir in the cashew cream, dill, and matzo meal. Season with salt and pepper.

PassoverMixture

Rinse the matzo with water to moisten (hate that word but kind find an alternative – ick!).

MatzoWater

Lightly oil a 9- by 13-inch casserole dish. Layer the casserole as follows: line the bottom with a layer of matzos, using one matzo per layer. Follow with a layer of potatoes, half of the spinach mixture, half of the optional cheese, and another layer of matzos. Repeat, ending with a layer of matzo.

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Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until top is golden with spots of brown. Let stand for 10 minutes, then cut into squares to serve.

Ingredients:

Serves: 8 to 10

  • 4 medium potatoes – choose 2 different kinds to keep it interesting
  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into large chunks
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 or 4 medium leeks, white and palest green parts only, chopped and well rinsed
  • 18-20 ounces baby spinach, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup matzo meal or quinoa flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 matzos
  • 1 cup grated Daiya cheese, optional (see Note)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts for topping, optional

Preheat the oven to 350º F.

Peel, chop, and boil the potatoes in boiling water until tender. The amount of time will very upon the size of the pieces.  When tender, drain, and mash. You can add vegan butter if you like, but it’s not necessary.

Cover the cashews with 1 cup of boiling water in a heatproof bowl and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Drain the cashews, then combine with the avocado and lemon juice in a food processor. Process until smoothly pureed; drizzle enough water through the feed tube while the processor is running to give the mixture a thick, creamy texture.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the leeks and sauté over medium-low heat until golden. Add the spinach in batches, covering and cooking until wilted to make room for all of it. Stir in the cashew cream, dill, and matzo meal. Season with salt and pepper.

Rinse the matzo with water to moisten (hate that word but kind find an alternative – ick!). Lightly oil a 9- by 13-inch casserole dish.

Layer the casserole as follows: line the bottom with a layer of matzos, using one matzo per layer. Follow with a layer of potatoes, half of the spinach mixture, half of the optional cheese, and another layer of matzos. Repeat, ending with a layer of matzo.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until top is golden with spots of brown. Let stand for 10 minutes, then cut into squares to serve.

One Comment

  1. DX
    Posted March 3, 2016 at 10:46 am | Posted By: DX

    Love the recipe, but what on earth is wrong with the word, “moisten”??? It’s just a normal, English language word that means to make something slightly wet.

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