Re-Posting a Passover Favorite…….Keftes di Prassa

We JUST celebrated Purim…..and walking into the market today, I was bombarded with Passover!!!!! Time to start planning our Seder meals, menus for the week…….while preparing delicacies for a Banyo di Novia, in between! Our cooking calendar is busy for the month ahead….all in preparation for happy and wonderful things!!!!

There are several foods that my mom prepares especially and only for Pesah.  Keftes di Prassa (leek patties) is one of those specialities.

In our family, these are vegetarian – others make them with ground meat. (these are one of my husband’s very favorite Sephardic treats!!)

This is my mom’s method for Keftes di Prassa.


1 large onion – chopped

8 medium stalks of leek

3 eggs

2 tblsp matzah meal

1 C mashed potato or 1 C mashed potato flakes

pepper to taste

*optional pinch of red pepper flakes

to fry: 2/3 C oil
Prepare leeks.  Cut 1/4″ from top and bottom.  Cut in half vertically.  Soak and clean leeks throughly.  (leeks, by nature, often have a good amount of fine dirt between leaves. Make sure to clean carefully) Cut into 1/2″ pieces.

Boil cut leek and chopped onion in a pot of water ( covering mixture), until vegetables are soft and limp.

Drain ( squeeze out) all liquid.  Add additional ingredients.  Blend into an even leek-onion mixture. Shape into patties.

Fry on medium heat until both sides are slightly browned.

Drain on a paper towel. Divine freshly made…..can be frozen, sealed tight.

Defrost and place on a cookie sheet and warm in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until warmed throughly.


8 thoughts on “Re-Posting a Passover Favorite…….Keftes di Prassa

  1. I was so happy to receive your recipe and reminder of how wonderful this dish is for Passover. My Vava, Regina Notrica, gave me this recipe 26 years ago when I hosted my first Passover at my house.

    Thanks you so much, Jacqueline Notrica


  2. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I wonder if you can give me one that has meat in it? We are not vegitarians. Maraha, Keep up the great work you do. I love Sephardic cooking. My mouth is already watering just thinking about eating these.
    Regards MYA


  3. My Sephardic husband of 50 years fell in love with me all over again. The keftes di prassa were outstanding. I did add the red pepper flakes which I thought made it perfect.


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