Chopped liver, kugel, gefilte fish — all staples at a Passover dinner and no table is complete without them. There’s someone in the family who must have one or all of them, harkening back to days long ago when our ancestors celebrated Passover in very traditional ways. But how often do plates come back into the kitchen with uneaten gefilte fish, kugels and liver? Too often for the work involved for the chef!
That’s why I’ve decided to create an assortment of make-ahead nibbles and bites for my Passover celebration with family and friends. Today, I made these potato kugel nests and froze them only to be reheated and filled later with sour cream, smoked salmon and chives. I hope this will whet all appetites for a festive and scrumptious meal that lies ahead. And by the way, there’s nothing about these which make them only suitable for Passover. There’s no matzah meal in them and they’d make an elegant hors d’oeuvre at any party.
What are your favorite appetizers? I’d love to know!