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28 Passover Mains For A Seder Of Any Size

This holiday is all about including guests, which can mean anything from a huge crowd to a small circle of friends. Here’s how to cook for any scenario.

First things first.

Don’t feel restricted by the stated serving sizes of the recipes in this post. Use this guide to help you scale recipes for your seder.

Brisket: 1/2 pound of meat per person
Lamb chops: 2-3 chops per person
Leg of lamb: 3/4 pound per person if boneless, 1 pound per person if bone-in
Short ribs: 3/4 pound per person
Beef tenderloin: 1/4 - 1/2 pound per person
Chicken: 1 chicken is four servings.
Cornish game hen: 1 hen is four servings.

(Not to worry, there are fish and vegetarian options here too.)

Congratulations, you’ve got a lot of people to feed! Your best bet is putting a couple of briskets in the oven for a LONG TIME, or you could make short ribs.

2. Short Ribs with Root Vegetables

As is, this recipe serves 8, but it would be easy to scale up to serve a larger group as long as you have 2 large braising pots and space in the oven. Get the recipe.

3. Braised Lamb with Roasted Squash and Onion Sauce

This recipe also serves 8 as is (calling for a 5-lb boneless leg of lamb). But if you have two pots and enough room in your oven to braise two legs of lamb, this will work. Omit the cardamom, which is not kosher for Passover. Get the recipe.

4. Wine Braised Brisket with Tart Cherries

Double the recipe, which serves 8-10. Get the recipe.

5. Sweet and Crunchy Quinoa

Serves 8 but can be scaled up. Odds are you aren’t serving a huge crowd of vegetarians, but just in case, this would be great! Get the recipe.

6. Slow-Braised Short Ribs with Spinach

Double the recipe, which serves 10. Get the recipe.

7. Tangy Spiced Brisket

This recipe says it serves only 8-10, but calls for one 8- to 10-pound brisket. Most butchers recommend 1/2 pound of meat per person with brisket, so this recipe might not even need to be scaled up. Get the recipe.

Any of the dishes from the first section would work, but with a smaller group you have more options. You can do a couple of roast chickens (if your oven is big enough) lamb chops, sides of salmon, veal meatballs, even a couple of vegetarian matzo casseroles.

8. Rack of Lamb with Mint and Capers

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9. Porcini- and Rosemary-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce

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10. Roast Chicken with Herb-and-Garlic Pan Drippings

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11. Veal Meatballs with Braised Vegetables

As is, this recipes serves 4 and calls for one pound of ground veal, but it could easily be scaled up to make more meatballs. Get the recipe.

12. Beef Tenderloin with Rhubarb and Red Wine

This recipe serves only 6 as is, but a larger cut of meat will server more, or you could easily roast two. Get the recipe.

13. Oregano and Orange Rack of Lamb with Caramelized Fingerling Potatoes

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14. Spice-Rubbed Cornish Game Hens With Haroseth Stuffing and Sherry Jus

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15. Salmon With Potato “Scales”

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16. Matzo pie

These casseroles serve about six people each, but it would be easy enough to make two. Get the recipe.

17. Pimentón Roast Chickens with Crispy Potatoes

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18. Spiced Matzo-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This recipe serves six and calls for six boneless chicken breast halves with skin, so it would be easy enough to make a few extra for a larger group. Get the recipe.

19. Herb-Broiled Fish with Lemon Aioli

While this recipe serves only four, you can scale up by buying more fish fillets. Get the recipe.

20. Warm Quinoa Salad with Carrots and Grilled Chicken

The recipe serves 4, but again, would be easy enough to increase. This recipe also calls for a grill. Get the recipe.

21. Grandma Selma’s Brisket

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22. Roasted Delicata Squash with Quinoa Salad

Only calls for enough squash and filling to serve four, but this one’s also easy to increase and is a great option for a 6-10 group of vegetarians. Get the recipe.

Any of the dishes in this post would work. But serving a smaller group means you can more easily cook something elegant like cornish game hens, rack of lamb, or a couple of nice fillets of fish. Or just go all out with a big brisket and enjoy the leftovers.

23. Bluefish with Grape Leaves

The recipe as is serves 2 but could be scaled up by buying more fish fillets. Get the recipe.

24. Maple-Glazed Cornish Game Hens with Carrots

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25. Aleppo Pepper- and Mint-Roasted Chicken

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26. Passover Pasta Primavera

Includes directions for how to make pasta with matzo meal instead of flour. A great budget-friendly vegetarian option for a small group. Get the recipe.

27. Braised Lamb Shanks

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