6 Seder plates for your next Passover meal
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As spring approaches and the chaos of Purim subsides, it is time to begin preparing yourself and your kitchen for one of the most complicated Jewish holidays: Passover. This holiday might be the most intricate of them all, with six symbolic items, specialty food, and much more. While there are many aspects of Passover, at the focal point of this holiday is the Seder plate.
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If you’re in the market for a new Seder plate, here are some beautiful options that would make any Bubbe platz.
1. Traditional-style Seder plates
Using the word traditional in any context with Judaism is unfair, since no two houses share the exact same traditions. But, if you are looking for a plate that reminds you of your grandmother’s matzah ball soup, one of these should fit the bill.
These ceramic plates with painted blue and white floral details capture the importance of the tradition that comes with this holiday. Or, an elegant ornate silver plate is another option that also feels like classic traditional piece.
- Get the Ornate Ceramic Seder Plate at Traditions Jewish Gifts for $39.95
- Get the Round Armenian Ceramic Seder Plate at Amazon for $59.98
- Get the Aviv Judaica Seder Plate at Amazon for $59.99
- Get the Ornate Silver-plated Seder Plate with Hebrew Letters at QVC for $31.99
2. A Seder plate for the kids
Having a Seder plate that has the Hebrew word, English word, and a picture of the six traditional foods is a great tool for teaching kids about Passover. This multipack would be a hit at the kids’ table and allow each child to have an up-close look at what is in the Charoset. It would even keep them mor(ar) involved during the reading of the Haggadah. Now, if these plates could only teach the youngest one the four questions!
3. A Seder plate for the eclectic home
This Seder plate brings a cool, funky flare to an otherwise traditional table setup. A flower under the plate will fit well with the other symbols of spring on your Passover table. And, while you wait for next year’s Seder, you can use the adorable, checkered dishes in other parts of your kitchen or home and the larger flower base for cakes or other chametz year-round. Just remember to sanitize it well for next Seder!
4. A Seder plate for modern simplicity
This modern Seder plate’s simplicity is the perfect thing to dress up a traditional table. Gold accents that sparkle like the Red Sea parting will bring light and beauty to any Haggadah reading. Not to mention, the lack of tiny dishes will make storing it and clean-up a breeze.
5. An earthy and natural Seder plate
Having a Seder plate that captures the essence of nature is a wonderful way to bring the symbolic items of the plate and table together. The bamboo base is lightweight, but sturdy enough so even your kids can help set or clear the table.
6. A timeless Seder plate to please the whole crowd
This beautiful and classic Seder plate will impress everyone from the cool Brooklyn cousin to Bubbe. Its gold accents make it a chic piece that can be passed on to the next generation when you (finally) stop hosting Passover.
Here’s how to build a Seder plate
A Seder plate consists of one large plate with six smaller, separate dishes or wells to contain specific foods that are part of the Passover Seder. Some of the foods you eat in specific ways while others are just on the plate as a reminder of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. The meaning behind each of these foods is explained in the reading of the Haggadah.
The Seder plate usually has a hardboiled egg (beitzah), a shank bone (zeroa), bitter herbs (maror), vegetables (karpas), a sweet fruit paste (charoset), and a different bitter herb (chazaret). Some vegans may use alternatives like a beet for the shank bone, or an avocado pit, white eggplant, or cooked potatoes for the egg. You may even want to incorporate an orange on the plate that represents the women and LGBTQ+ people of Judaism.
While it may seem that the Seder plate has a lot of items for this ritual, there are some other key food items in separate dishes on the table that are necessary for a traditional Seder. Matzah, salt water, and wine are other critical components that tell the story. The matzah is eaten with charoset, maror, and chazaret and the karpas or beitzah are dipped in salt water. Most of these foods are eaten before the festive meal.
This meal is different for everyone and does not have rules as to what is eaten, but classic options for this meal are gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, brisket, and coconut macaroons for dessert.
Whichever way you make your Seder and Seder plate, so long as it’s kosher and has the six symbolic foods, it’s good to go.
Other items you need for the Seder meal
First, everyone at the table should have the same Haggadah to follow along with the story and the prayers. If you have children participating in the Seder meal, you can try a guide written specifically for families, or you can even create your own.
Then, you’ll need a small basin and pitcher for the leader of the Seder to wash their hands at the beginning of the reading of the Haggadah, as well as a small pillow for the leader to help them recline.
As is tradition, leave a wine goblet out on the table for the prophet Elijah and Moses’ sister Miriam. You’ll also need a matzah cover for the table and an afikoman bag to keep the afikoman safe while it is hidden.
And, you’ll need candles and candle sticks for the special candle lighting that marks the transition from day to night.
- Get the Passover Haggadah at Amazon for $2.95
- Get the Kveller Haggadah: A Seder for Curious Kids (and their Grownups) at Amazon for $12.95
- Get the Stainless Steel Netilat Yadayim Cup at Amazon for $26.99
- Get the Urban Infant Small Pillow at Amazon for $11.95
- Get the Silver-plated Ner Mitzvah Tall Kiddush Cup and Tray at Amazon for $24.95
- Get the Barbara Shaw Passover Matzah Cover and Afikoman at Amazon for $45
- Get the Yair Emanuel Hand-embroidered in Israel Matzah Cover and Afikoman Cover at Amazon for $102
- Get the Ner Mitzvah Passover Seder Candles at Amazon for $14.99
- Get the Ner Mitzvah Silver-plated Ornate Candlesticks at Amazon for $22.95
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