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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.

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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.


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.


7. Tangy Spiced Brisket

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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.


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.