In Season: The tea ingredient

Use tea bags to prepare kosher-for-Pessah dishes.

April 10, 2011 17:27
Grilled chicken breast in citrus.

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New infusion tea varieties can be used to upgrade sauces for both sweet and savory dishes. Here are a few ideas for your Seder dinner, courtesy of Wissotzky Tea.


Makes 5 main dishes or 10 starters

The cherry fusion creates a fruity vinaigrette and the celeriac puree rounds it all up. If served as a first dish before meat, replace the butter with margarine and the milk with coconut milk.

✔ 10 fillets of sea bream
✔ Coarse salt and pepper For the puree
✔ 3 celeriac roots, peeled
✔ 3 potatoes, peeled
✔ 2 cups milk or coconut milk
✔ 1 cup water
✔ 150 gr. butter
✔ 2 cherry tea bags from the Magic Garden collection
✔ Salt For the vinaigrette:
✔ 1⁄2 cup olive oil
✔ Juice of 1 lemon
✔ Zest of 1 lemon
✔ 1⁄2 cup cranberries
✔ 1⁄2 cup cashew nuts
✔ 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
✔ 2 cherry tea bags from the Magic Garden collection
✔ 1⁄2 cup boiling water

Make the puree: Place celery roots and potatoes in a pot, add milk and bring to a gentle boil. Add the tea bags and cook for 45 minutes over very low heat. Remove the tea bags, strain and puree using a fork. Add butter and season with salt. Keep warm.

Prepare vinaigrette: Place the tea bags in boiling water for 4 minutes. Remove bags. Mix tea infusion with all the ingredients.

Prepare fish: Heat a skillet. Rub fish with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Braise fish starting with the skin side down for 2 minutes, turn and continue cooking for 1 minute on the other side. Before serving drizzle a little vinaigrette over the fish.


Steamed portobello mushrooms, broccoli and asparagus in lemongrass aioli: It only sounds difficult.

For the aioli:
✔ 1⁄2 cup boiling water
✔ 3 lemongrass tea bags from the Leaves collection by Wissotzky.
✔ Juice and zest of 1 orange
✔ 5 Tbsp. mayonnaise
✔ 2 Tbsp, Dijon mustard
✔ 1 Tbsp. silan or honey
✔ 2 cloves garlic, minced
✔ 1⁄2 purple onion, chopped
✔ Salt and pepper

For the vegetables:
✔ 250 gr. portobello mushrooms
✔ 2 bunches asparagus
✔ 300 gr. snow peas
✔ 300 gr. fresh broccoli
✔ 5 lemongrass cream tea bags
✔ 2 liters boiling water

Make the aioli: leave tea bags in 1⁄2 cup boiling water for 4 minutes. Remove bags. Mix the fusion with the rest of the ingredients using whisk. Whisk until mixed and smooth.

Bring 2 liter water to a boil, add the tea bags and leave for 4 minutes. Remove bags and discard. Blanch the each vegetable in the water, separately, for 1 minute. Arrange vegetables on a serving plate and serve the aioli in a small bowl next to it.


Succulent chicken in aromatic orange marinade served with caramelized carrots.

5 breasts cut into 10 servings

For the carrots:
✔ 20 carrots, washed and halved lengthwise
✔ 3 Tbsp. olive oil
✔ 1 tsp. coarse salt
✔ 4 Tbsp. silan
✔ 1 cup boiling water
✔ 5 red orange and mandarin fusion
✔ tea bags from the Magic Garden collection

For the marinade:

✔ 1 cup olive oil
✔ 5 tea bags red orange and mandarin fusion from the magic garden collection
✔ Orange and zest from 2 oranges
✔ 2 Tbsp. silan
✔ Coarse salt
✔ Tsp. fresh thyme leaves

Prepare carrots:
Place halved carrots on a skillet. Add all the ingredients, including tea bags. Bring to a boil and cook for 40 minutes over medium heat. Discard tea bags, keep carrots in a warm place until ready to serve.

Prepare marinade: put oil in a large cup with tea bags. Heat in microwave set on high for 11⁄2 minutes to make aromatic oil. Cool and remove tea bags. Mix the aromatic oil with the other marinade ingredients and cover the chicken. Leave for a few hours.

Remove chicken from marinade, heat a heavy skillet and braise chicken on both sides until done, about 2 minutes on each side.

To serve: place carrots on each plate, place chicken on top and pour the carrot sauce over both.


It takes only 15 minutes to prepare this kosher-for-Pessah nutty cake.

✔ 2 amaretto tea bags from the Leaves collection
✔ 1⁄2 cup apple juice
✔ 100 gr. hazelnuts, peeled
✔ 100 gr. walnuts, peeled
✔ 50 gr. white almonds, peeled
✔ 150 gr. powdered sugar
✔ 11⁄2 Tbsp. chocolate drink mix
✔ 2 Tbsp. matza meal
✔ 3 eggs separated
✔ 2 Tbsp. melted margarine or oil

Bring juice to boil, add tea bags for 4 minutes and discard.

Roast the nuts lightly in a skillet, don’t let them burn. Coarsely grind the nuts in a food processor. Place in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, chocolate mix and matza meal. Mix. Add the egg yolks, oil and amaretto-apple tea. Mix well. Whisk the egg whites until dry and fold into the nuts mixture. Oil a 24-cm. to 26-cm. mold. Transfer dough into the mold and bake for 35 minutes at 150º.

Garnish with sliced almonds or powdered sugar.


✔ 11⁄2 liter boiling water
✔ 5 pomegranate fusion tea bags from the Magic Garden collection
✔ 11⁄2 cups sugar
✔ 11⁄2 cups Bacardi (or arak)
✔ Juice from 3 lemons

Soak tea bags in boiling water for 4 minutes and discard. Add sugar and mix well. Cool, add alcohol and lemon juice, mix well and serve over crushed ice.

Photos and text courtesy of Wissotzky Tea.

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