Blood Orange and Blueberry Coconut Macaroon, Kosher for Passover and naturally gluten free

by Irvin on March 25, 2013 · 8 comments

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Blood Orange and Blueberry Coconut Macaroon, Kosher for Passover and naturally gluten free. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

I’ve been toying with the idea of making Coconut Macaroons for while, but something slightly different, something more than the traditional chocolate dipped Kosher for Passover treat. Not that I am one to discard the classics, but for me, making coconut macaroons are criminally easy. Unlike their French cousins the macaron with its persnickety feet and nearly mythical status of difficulty, the coconut macaroon is just egg white, coconut and sugar all stirred together and baked in lumps. But add a little bit of blood orange zest and some freeze dried blueberry to the mix, and all of sudden these little dessert treats become a whole new creature. The Blood Orange and Blueberry Coconut Macaroon had me newly inspired to look at the macaroon in a whole new light.

Blood Orange and Blueberry Coconut Macaroons, Kosher for Passover and naturally gluten free. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

I grew up in a predominantly Jewish and Asian suburb of St. Louis. Whenever a major Jewish holiday came about, my classrooms emptied out and I basically looked forward to a day of movies, as no teacher wanted to cover anything important while half the class was out for temple. Passover time usually meant the beginning of Spring for me, and it also meant that I got to munch on my friends’ Matzo sandwiches that they didn’t want. What it also meant was I learned early on what things were Kosher for Passover and what wasn’t. And though I do like my matzo meal (it’s actually works pretty well as a bread crumb substitute year round) the specific heaviness of them really do wear down on people after a week or so of eating them.

Blood Orange and Blueberry Coconut Macaroons, Kosher for Passover and naturally gluten free. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

But I’ll be honest and say that I could probably nibble on these orange and blueberry macaroons all week long. Bright with citrus and fruit, but chewy and a little bit nutty because I toasted the coconut beforehand, I found myself making sure that I didn’t eat too many of them in one sitting lest I ruin my appetite. Of course, with a big Passover dinner coming up, I knew that I had to save room for the brisket my friend was making. I just hope that he had also saved me a Maxwell House Haggadah to read from. It’s just not Passover without that blue covered booklet in my hand.

Blood Orange and Blueberry Coconut Macaroons, Kosher for Passover and naturally gluten free. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

If you like this Kosher for Passover recipe, be sure to check out my recipe for my coconut basil ginger flourless chocolate cake that I made last year for a Passover dinner and bounce over to my friend Tori’s site The Shiksa in the Kitchen. She’s hosting a virtual Passover Potluck with some fantastic recipes and my recipe for a Kosher for Passover Lemon Curd Marbled Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust will be featured tomorrow!

Blood Orange and Blueberry Coconut Macaroon, Kosher for Passover and naturally gluten free. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

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Nik@ABrownTable March 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I love the colors, the brown and the blue.

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mary fran | frannycakes March 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I have only been to one passover dinner in my life, but these would be right at home on my easter table! What a great flavor combo!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Interesting twist on the usual macaroons. Yum!

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Miss Kim March 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

I love macaroons. At my old work, I used to love experimenting with different types of macaroons since we always got so much egg whites leftover..and we had to do something with it. These look fantastic. I love when they are dipped in chocolate.

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dixya@food, pleasure, and health March 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

absolutely macaroons and this is so delicioussssssss. i wish i could grab some right now!!!

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Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs March 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Irvin, these look delish! And hey – I grew up in St. Louis, too! Go Cards!

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ruthy @ omeletta March 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I’ve never really gotten down with coconut macaroons, but I love the idea of adding blueberries and blood orange zest (always, always up for blood orange excuses!) Gives me a good reason to try them again. Also, as an in-the-dark Catholic, I never realized the fact that macaroons are a perfect kosher treat! Learn something new every day, huh? :)

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merri April 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

i went to a mostly jewish college, yet have never been to a passover (or any other jewish holiday) dinner. weird, something i hope to do one day though.

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