Think matzah is boring? Think again! In my years of making not eating bread a little more fun, I've managed to come up with quite a few ways to dress up your typical matzah crackers. Here's five of my absolute favorites!
1. Matzo Pizza
The classic, original Passover attempt to get kids to eat matzo: matzo pizza! It's probably one of the easiest things to make and can be relatively healthy depending on your toppings.
Here's how I do mine:
- Mozzarella (use fresh, it's the best). If using fresh like I do, use however many pearls/slices are to your liking. If you're using shredded, around 1/4-1/2 cup!
- Tomato/pizza sauce. The type doesn't really matter, I'll use a few tablespoons. Make sure to use seasoning!
- Vegetable options. Mushrooms, green peppers, fresh tomatoes, basil, spinach, so many ideas for this! You can even use pineapple...if you really want to.
- "Meat". Hear me out, I don't mix dairy and meat...this is why the world invented vegetarian/vegan pepperoni, sausage, "chicken", and ground "beef". However, if you're okay with mixing meat/dairy, use whatever you'd normally put on a pizza. No judgement here!
- Baking. I use a toaster oven on 350 just until my cheese gets bubbly (around 10-15 minutes), but if your ingredients are pre-cooked, you can technically use a microwave until the cheese melts!
2. Matzo "Crack"
Craving something sweet? Try some matzo crack! You'll find a million recipes for this and matzo brittle on the web, but here's what I've done and some topping ideas:
- Put your matzos on a baking pan (aluminum foil and cooking spray recommended here), don't break them yet! Preheat your oven to 375f.
- You'll need a cup of brown sugar and a cup of butter, melt it on your stove, let it bubble and boil for a few minutes (3-5). It's a 1:1 ratio, so if you're making more double it, if making less half it!
- Pour your brown sugar mix onto your matzos,
- Bake your matzos in the preheated oven, around 10 minutes.
- Melt some chocolate, Dove melts really well and is kosher (at least the milk and dark varieties are)! I've also used kosher chocolate chips. You melt very easily by microwaving for a minute at a time, stirring, then putting your bowl back in. You can also melt chocolate on the stove, simple!
- Pull your matzos out of the oven and pour the melted chocolate over them, use this time to sprinkle any toppings you'd like. Let harden in your refrigerator.
- Take out some anger and break up your matzos
Topping ideas: sprinkles, nuts, dried fruit, kosher mini marshmallows, and cereal
3. Matzah Brei
Matzah Brei, one of the best Passover breakfasts ever. It's similar to French toast and so easy to make! I make a sweet version, but there's also savory recipes.
- Matzo (2 sheets)
- 4 eggs per 2 sheets of matzo, beat them with 1 tbs water
- 3 tbs Butter
- 2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- Rinse your matzos under cold water until they're nicely saturated, set them aside to soften while butter is heating
- Add butter to a nonstick skillet over medium heat and let it melt
- Once butter is simmering, break your matzos into the skillet
- Cook your matzo in the butter until it forms a nice brown (3 minutes)
- Add in your eggs and cinnamon. Scramble your eggs to taste!
- Add your sugar and stir one last time
- Top with more cinnamon and sugar, then enjoy!
4. "Bagel" Matzos
This is by far the easiest recipe on this list, but something I don't see very often! Missing your bagels during Pesach? Put your typical bagel toppings on some matzo! Lox, cream cheese, and some Everything But The Bagel seasoning goes a long way.
5. Matzo Nachos
My favorite on this list! Treating matzos just like tortilla chips is such a fun way to spice up Passover. Some do a sweet version of these, but I do mine as typical nachos.
Here's what I use:
- Vegetarian ground beef or vegetarian chicken
- Queso Blanco cheese
- Taco blend shredded cheese
- Salsa, you can even make your own
- Refried pinto or black beans
- Guacamole or plain avocado
You could also use:
- Sour cream
- And much more!
I spread broken matzos out on a lined baking sheet, put all of my toppings on, and then bake them for a few minutes to melt/brown the cheese (leave veggies and guac off until after this), but you could also do a 7 layer dip type deal or build them the regular way! Soooo yummy.