Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Beef Spinach and Matzo Pie with Haroset

In our last posting we presented the recipes for the meal we prepared Sunday, the night before Passover began.  Today’s featured recipes are for the dinner we prepared last night for our Passover Sedar.  It was a small affair, just Judy and me, but we made the most of it.

From our kitchen to yours.  Enjoy the adventure.

Beef Spinach and Matzo Pie


Beef Spinach and Matzo Pie
2 ½ tsp Canola Oil

1 Large Onion, chopped

4 cloves Garlic, minced

1 ½ pounds Ground Beef, Lean

6 oz baby Spinach, coarsely chopped

29 oz can Crushed Tomatoes

2 Tbsp Tomato Paste

1 tsp dried Oregano

1 tsp Salt

¼ tsp Black Pepper, freshly ground

½ tsp Red Pepper flakes

1 tsp Paprika

4 Matzo boards, Kosher for Passover

2 sprays Cooking Spray


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Heat Oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add Onion and Garlic; Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add Beef to skillet and cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5 – 7 minutes. Drain off excess fat.

Add Spinach, Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato paste, Oregano, Salt, Black Pepper, Red Pepper flakes, and Paprika to the skillet.  Cook, stirring occasionally until Spinach is tender and sauce reduces and thickens, about 15 minutes.

Coat a 9 inch square baking dish with Cooking Spray. Place 2 of the Matzo boards on the bottom of the dish.  Spread 3 cups of the meat sauce over the Matzo.  Place the final 2 Matzo boards on top and spread the remainder of the meat sauce on top.  Don’t overfill.

Bake until Matzo is softened and dish is heated through, about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let stand for about 5 minutes before cutting into 8 pieces. Serve.

Yields 8 servings.  PointsPlus value per serving is 6. Prep time is about 15 – 20 minutes. Cooking time is about 60 minutes.  Level of difficulty is Easy.



4 medium Apples, cored and coarsely chopped
or shredded

8 fl. oz. Sweet Dessert Wine, Kosher for Passover, 1 cup

1 cup Raisins, Golden, chopped

1 cup Walnut halves, chopped

1 tsp ground Cinnamon

¼ tsp ground Nutmeg

1 Tbsp Honey


Place prepared Apples in a large, non-reactive bowl: Add all remaining ingredients and toss well to coat. 

Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 

Yields 24 servings, about 1/3 cup per serving.  PointsPlus value per serving is 2.  Prep time is 5 minutes.  Cooking time is…you don’t cook it.  Level of difficulty is Easy.

Weight Watchers and PointsPlus are registered trademarks of Weight Watchers Intl. Inc.

Recipes shown may not be exactly the same as those found on any website. Judy and I tend to "tweak" each recipe we feature, to some degree, incorporating our own unique tastes and ideas. PointsPlus values, however, are accurate. 

Photos by Barry Baruh

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