After a long winter (which doesn’t seem to be over yet…), it’s hard to start thinking about Passover, also known as chag ha’aviv (the spring holiday). Our local foodies took that to heart when coming up with recipes for this year’s top 10 Passover list. Their contributions are hearty, but bright, too!

Start off your Passover Seder meal with a steaming bowl with a kick, maybe Pati Jinich’s Mushroom Jalapeño Matzah Ball Soup or Soupergirl Sara Polon’s Gingered Carrot Soup.

Then, move over, boring roast chicken. Equinox’s Todd and Ellen Gray spice it up with their Matzo-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens, while Cava Grill’s Dimitri Moshovitis has a quick and easy Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Parsnips and Fennel that you can throw together on a Passover weeknight when matzah pizza simply won’t do.

Passover restrictions certainly won’t feel so burdensome when you can have Quinoa Risotto from DGS Delicatessen’s Nick Wiseman or rich Matzah Sfogliatelle with Lamb Ragù by Amy Brandwein of soon-to-open Centrolina. But if you’re looking for something a little cooler and lighter, try Mike Friedman’s Citrus-Cured Salmon with Horseradish Crème Fraîche.

And wrap up your meal with Joan Nathan’s 15-minute Passover Almond Macaroons, Paula Shoyer’s we-can’t-believe-it’s-kosher-for-Passover Linzer Tart or Vered Guttman’s Four-Way Meringue Clouds. Once winter is over, these are the only clouds we want to see for a long, long time.

Chag sameach! Have a delicious holiday.

Citrus-Cured Salmon with Horseradish Crème Fraîche Citrus-Cured Salmon with Horseradish Crème Fraîche
Mike Friedman
Chef and co-owner, The Red Hen
Matzo-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens Matzo-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens
Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray
Co-owners, Equinox Restaurant, and co-authors, The New Jewish Table
Quinoa Risotto with Asparagus and Preserved Lemon Quinoa Risotto with Asparagus and Preserved Lemon
Nick Wiseman
Co-owner, DGS Delicatessen
Matzah Sfogliatelle with Lamb Ragù Matzah Sfogliatelle with Lamb Ragù
Amy Brandwein
Chef and owner, Centrolina
Gingered Carrot Soup Gingered Carrot Soup
Sara Polon
Creator and owner, Soupergirl
 Almond Macaroons Almond Macaroons
Joan Nathan
TV producer/host and author of 10 cookbooks
 Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Parsnips and Fennel Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Parsnips and Fennel
Dimitri Moshovitis
Chef and co-founder, Cava Mezze and Cava Grill
 Mushroom Jalapeño Matzah Ball Soup Mushroom Jalapeño Matzah Ball Soup
Pati Jinich
TV host and author, Pati’s Mexican Table
Linzer Tart Linzer Tart
Paula Shoyer
Pastry chef and author, The Holiday Kosher Baker and The New Passover Menu
 Four-Way Meringue Clouds Four-Way Meringue Clouds
Vered Guttman
Food columnist, Haaretz.com, and caterer, Cardamom & Mint