Matzoh-Paloozah

100 Uses for Matzoh

It’s time to break out the matzoh. And the matzo. And the matzah. Whether you like it or not.

Because no matter how you spell the thin, crisp, crackerlike flatbread, it’s not as if you can pretend it doesn’t exist. (Though chances are you may wish you could—especially by, oh, the seventh day or so of Passover, when you probably couldn’t care less if you open another box of matzoh again. Ever.)

But eat it you must. So, we thought, why not embrace matzoh? Realizing that this coup requires more than a mere state of mind—and thinking those of us who celebrate Passover could stand for some preemptive matzoh-minded voyeurism—we asked just about everyone we know how they partake of this Passover (forgive us) penance. We even asked folks we don’t know, stopping strangers on the street, sidling up to folks with boxes of matzoh in their grocery carts at the store, even befriending a few writerly types online. You’ll find all 100 plus of the really quite clever and undeniably curious things that happen to matzoh behind closed doors in our list below. Whether your preference lies with the classics or leans toward a little creative license, we think you’ll find something that’ll make these days a little easier. Heck, who knows? Maybe this year, eight days won’t seem quite long enough.

And don’t for a second think 100 is the limit. We and everyone else are quite curious to hear your matzoh creations. Tell us, how do you disguise yours? —Jenna Rose Levy and Renee Schettler Rossi

1. Plain. (But you already knew that.)

2. I love matzos, and always keep them on hand to make matzo brei (my favorite comfort food). But this is my new favorite matzo treat: Slather matzo with sour cream. Top with glistening salmon caviar (I buy mine at Zabar’s). Gently squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top. Eat with enormous happiness.Ruth Reichl, writer

3. Matzo brei.

4. and 5. Spring means asparagus and rhubarb and the magnificent morel, but it’s not truly spring in my kitchen until I’m brushing the season’s first matzoh crumbs from my table. Anyone who says that matzoh is just cardboard on a plate has never had a good piece of matzoh. Matzoh at its best is the ideal cracker: crisp, blistered, and lightly burned, like a marshmallow that you’ve held the tiniest bit too close to the fire. It’s that gentle char that makes it. My favorite is Yehuda matzo. Its flavor and texture are perfect and, like good bread, it doesn’t need much. I like it best beneath a layer of salted Irish butter, softened so that it glides right on. That’s all. Though for the sake of variety, I’ll sometimes dress up my matzoh with an herbed goat cheese spread.—Jess Fechtor, blogger at Sweet Amandine

6. With hummus, chopped up pickles, and dabs of Sriracha hot sauce.—Elizabeth Alpern, devotee to both kitniyot and egg matzoh as well as Events Director for Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All

7. and 8. I remember my mom making matzoh stuffing for chicken. I recall really liking it, and I realize now that I never asked her how she made it. The other matzo memory I have from way back when is of me standing at the stove next to my dad, watching him make matzo brei. With traditional matzo brei, the best part was always the crispy outside. But my dad didn’t make it like a pancake or latke, like most people do. He made nothing but crispy pieces. In a wok! We would eat a pile of crispies sprinkled with sugar. No matter how much my dad made, it never seemed to be enough. It always disappeared so quickly! That recipe I knew I had, and I was actually able to find it.—Jackie Gorman, Leite’s Culinaria recipe tester

My Dad’s Nothing-but-Crispy-Little-Pieces Matzo Brei

I have always liked the crispies when it comes to food. My dad experimented and came up with this method of making matzo brei, so I would eat not just the top or the bottom but could have all crispies.

1 sheet matzo

Boiling water

1 large egg, beaten

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon butter

Sugar for sprinkling

Hold the sheet of matzo over a large bowl and break it into pieces no bigger than the size of a quarter. Add just enough boiling water to cover the matzo. Find a plate that will fit in the bowl and push down the matzo pieces. Let rest for 5 minutes. Tilt the bowl over the sink and press on the plate to drain the water, then pat the matzo with a paper towel to remove any excess water. Add the beaten egg to the bowl and stir.

Melt the butter in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium heat. Add the matzo mixture and cook, stirring very often to keep the pieces separate, until they become firm and start to crisp. Be patient. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get a mixture of tender and crispy pieces. They will be about the size of cornflakes.

Pour out onto a plate, and sprinkle with sugar. Enjoy!

9. Dipped, dunked, slathered, or otherwise enveloped with chocolate.

10. and 11. Matzoh nachos, made by replacing corn chips with broken matzoh. Also, Passover toffee.—Penny Rich, personal chef, caterer, and blogger at Penny’s Menu

12. I swear this is true: my 11-year-old son drizzles it with agave nectar and then sprinkles it with coarse salt. I’m 100% serious. It’s like his signature recipe. (It’s good stuff, too. Try it.)—Cheryl Sternman Rule, blogger at 5 Second Rule

13. to 15. Buried beneath peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. Or all of the above.

16. Schmeared with horseradish and topped with haroset—the traditional Ashkenazi kind, made with apples, cinnamon, nuts, and wine. My grandmother always wants to give us a box and my husband will take it and nibble on it for a few days, but once the seder is over I’m not touching the stuff.—Debbie White, Leite’s Culinaria recipe tester

17. and 18. Chèvre, honey, and baby arugula. Tangy, spicy, and sweet. Also, drizzled with melted chocolate and sprinkled with fleur de sel.—Devra Ferst, Editor, The Jew and the Carrot

19. Schmeared with cream cheese.

20. Schmeared with jelly.

21. Schmeared with cream cheese and jelly.

22. to 24. Schmeared with cream cheese, sliced banana, and a drizzle of honey. Made into matzah pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, olives, and oregano. Crumbled into tiny pieces and then cooked like oatmeal with milk and a touch of water plus cinnamon, which I top with brown sugar and raisins or walnuts and eat almost every day for breakfast during Passover.Leah Koenig, author of The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook

25. Crumbled, sweetened, spiced, and baked into matzoh granola.

26. They don’t call it “bread of affliction” for nothing! Matzah has crunch going for it, but not much else. I think slathering it with butter, sugar, and chocolate or nuts is certainly one way to make it palatable.—Amy Sherman, blogger at Cooking with Amy

27. Sandwiched between slabs of chocolate.

28. to 30. I’ve found that no matter what you use, it helps to think of matzoh as a mere vehicle for getting all of the good stuff to your mouth. Schmear it with creamy peanut butter, which is less likely to break the matzoh than chunky, then slice bananas on top, and drizzle with a bit of honey. It makes a wonderful breakfast. For the truly observant, almond butter works well. Also, I’m a fan of the matzoh pizza, whether the toppings are basic (tomato sauce and mozzarella) or more complex. And last, I like to drizzle it with dulce de leche—simple but very effective.—Rebecca Flint, Leite’s Culinaria recipe tester

31. Matzah sliders.—Marian Levine, owner of Carnegie Deli, NYC

32. At our house, it was mostly matzoh with sweet butter and a little sugar. I loved it. Probably because in those days of thinking, butter was evil. It was one of the few times we had butter, whipped and unsalted—although that never prevented it from breaking the matzoh.—Cindi Kruth, Leite’s Culinaria recipe tester

32. [déjà vu]: Matzoh was always smeared with butter and then usually (but not always) sprinkled with sugar. My father is part Dutch, and this was also how we ate rusks and Carr’s table water crackers.—Tamiko, Leite’s Culinaria recipe tester

33. Topped with pickled herring.

34. I found this recipe for matzoh kugel several years ago and enjoy it so much.—Alla, blogger at Cooking with Yiddishe Mama

35. and 36. I made a matzoh- and mustard-crusted chicken breast one time that turned out really well. The mustard helped the crushed matzoh stick to the chicken, and the results were quite crispy and tasty! And when I make a smoked salmon dip, I love to use toasted matzoh, preferably whole wheat, as the crackers.—Anna Scott, Leite’s Culinaria recipe tester

37. With smashed avocado and tons of sea salt and cracked black pepper.—Emzeegee, blogger at Emzeegee and the Hungry Three

38. My favorite has to be David Lebovitz’s Chocolate-Covered Caramelized Matzoh Crunch. I have to force myself to stop eating it.—Linda, Leite’s Culinaria recipe tester

39. to 42. To be honest, my favorite way to eat matza is simply with a schmear of butter or cream cheese. But I also enjoy it enhanced as: Geschmirte Matza (spread with a custard-like topping and baked, resulting in a cheesecake-like consistency); Borekas de Massa (Sephardic matza turnovers); Scacchi (Italian Vegetable and Matza Pie); and Chremslach (matza pancakes in honey).—Gil Marks, author of Encyclopedia of Jewish Food

43. Slathered with ridiculous amounts of Nutella.

44. to 48. My father once told me that you could tell where a person’s family originated in Europe by what they put on their matzo brei: matzo brei with salt; matzo brei with honey; matzo brei with jam. (My family likes salty matzo brei.) But my current matzo favorites are chocolate-covered caramel matzo crunch and sautéed matzo balls, which I make with leftover matzo balls. I sauté onions and garlic, and then add the leftover matzo balls and cook until a little crisp on the outside and serve as a side dish. Delish!—Sue Epstein, Leite’s Culinaria recipe tester

49. As an uber-crisp coating for fried chicken.

50. Neither my husband nor I are doing wheat. Although I hear there’s an oat matzah made by a company based in Israel. So in order to satisfy tradition, I’ll try to find that before it’s sold out. Otherwise, if anyone knows how to make your own oat matzah…—Maxine Davidowitz, art director and painter

51. With a thin schmear of goat cheese and a lot of honey.

52. to 58. Loaded with your favorite bruschetta toppings, whether plain old tomato, or fava bean purée, or caramelized onions with balsamic, or mashed peas with a chiffonade of mint, or dandelion greens sautéed in duck fat, or roasted wild mushrooms, or maybe even garlicky white bean purée with walnuts.

59. Dipped into the yolk of a perfectly cooked egg, sunny side up, please.

60. and 61. Alas, my matzo skills are fairly run-of-the-mill. I prefer to slather a square with cream cheese and top it with strawberry jam, or to douse a slice with pasta sauce and a heavy dose of mozzarella cheese. This year, however, being gluten free, I’m going to have to get creative. There are “matzo-like crackers” out there that will have to suffice. I really want to master a good lasagna or poor-man’s Pesach grilled cheese.—Chaviva Galatz, Social Media Consultant and blogger at Just Call Me Chaviva

[Editor's Note: To make matzoh into lasagna, simply pour boiling water over several matzohs to soften, then drain and layer with sauce and cheese, just as you would lasagna noodles.]

62. Crumbled into soup.

63. My personal favorite is matzah farfel dressing. It’s a simple preparation of toasted matzah bits tossed with wild mushrooms, onions, garlic, fresh herbs, lots of salt and pepper, then moistened with chicken or vegetable stock, some white wine, and baked. Great at the seder as well as with eggs the next morning—if there’s any left!—Rebecca Joseph, blogger at The Parve Baker and founder of 12 Tribes Food

64. Fancied up as matzoh bark.

65. to 67. Give matzoh a good schmear of butter, drizzle lots of maple syrup on top, and sprinkle it with fleur de sel. Also, I coat the caramel layer of matzoh buttercrunch with coffee-flavored dark chocolate and then sprinkle it with Maldon salt to make mocha matzoh buttercrunch. But what I’m most interested in are the crumbs when you cut into it. That is the best ice-cream topping right there. You’ll wish it were Passover all year round!—Kerrin Rousset, blogger at My Kugelhopf

68. With mayonnaise and kosher salami.—Emzeegee, blogger at Emzeegee and the Hungry Three

69. to 76. Dirty Matzoh, a Pesach version of a savory kugel, Cajun-style. Whole-wheat matzoh with peanut butter or almond butter along with pumpkin butter and a sprinkle of flax seeds. Topped with a poached egg and a bit of melted Gruyère or Manchego. Thin, egg matzoh spread with cream cheese and lox—toast it for a minute to slightly broil the lox. Leftover cooked salmon works well, too. Matzoh brei with onions and roasted broccoli and cooked salmon. Matzoh brei with fried salami. Everything matzohs with a mozzarella stick or with hummus!—Marcie C. Ferris, author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo

77. With a steaming cup of tea.

78. If we’re talking matzo meal, then it’s not Passover without my family’s bimuelos, a kind of Sephardic matzo ball. A dozen eggs are whipped up with a cup or so of matzo meal, fried into balls, boiled in sugar and honey, and then doused in sweet cream. It’s like everything caloric all rolled up together.—Liz Steinberg, blogger at Café Liz

79. to 87. As a barely-sturdy-enough scoop for anything scoop-able, such as tuna salad, chicken liver pâté, hummus, green olive dip, egg salad, roasted eggplant dip, tapenade, fondue, salt cod and potato spread (we could go on…)

88. Crushed and sprinkled atop stuffed artichokes.

89. to 92. As for toppings, I love melted cheese topped with guacamole on matzoh. And matzoh makes the perfect tuna melt: Muenster cheese melted, topped with tuna salad and sliced avocado. As for desserts, Marble Chocolate Matzoh with dark and white chocolate melted and swirled on the matzoh. And then the Mocha Matzoh Napoleon, for which you soak matzohs in coffee and then layer with chocolate mousse and freeze. Both recipes are in my book.—Paula Shoyer, author of The Kosher Baker and blogger at The Kosher Baker

93. Matzoh tiramisu

94. and 95. Matzo chips. I moisten the matzo just a little, then toast it with oil, spices, and salt. The resulting crackers are easier to eat and digest than plain matzo, and are very nicely satisfying. I also make matzo lavash, following the same recipe, but keeping the matzo whole.—Eve Quarrendon Jochnowitz, The Chocolate Lady, blogger at In Mol Araan

96. With olives.

97. With a martini.

98. With olives and a martini.

99. As an accompaniment to homemade gravalax.

100. I do an Asian-inspired matzah brei. Instead of making scrambled brei, I use a bit more egg to keep the whole thing intact, like a frittata. I add ginger, garlic, and scallions, and serve it cut into wedges with Sriracha dipping sauce. Delish, even when it’s not Passover. Seriously.—Rivka Friedman, blogger at Not Derby Pie

101. And, in the unlikely event you have any leftover matzoh, take a gander at this utterly hysterical video featuring 20 more things to do with matzoh. (Only one has anything to do with food, but we didn’t think you’d mind.)


Comments
Comments
  1. Lora says:

    omg this is so great. It’s like a matzohpalooza! LOVE #97. Thanks!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      I probably shouldn’t be partial to any one in particular, Lora, but truth be told, I’m with you!

  2. Ling Teo says:

    Fabulous!! LOVE the video!

  3. Louise says:

    what a great listing! Yehuda is also our matzoh of choice and I am looking forward to trying out some of the recipes–but have to say I am a matzoh freak and will eat it right out of the box with nothing on top if I am lazy at that moment. A Zussen Pesach to you all.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      Thanks so much, Louise. Am assuming that even now, in summer, you still have a stash of matzoh in the house?

  4. Karen says:

    You are making me hungry right now! My favorite version is to top a matzoh wafer with sour cream and then a very thinly sliced pickled green tomato. Better than good!

    I must say, this is one giant “Lotza Motza” you have here, Renee!

  5. Punch says:

    Has anyone ever heard of degleiste matzo? My grandmother, born in Lemburg, made it. You make a coating of eggs, matzo meal, water, grated onion, and salt and pepper. You coat dampened matzo and then shallow fry it. The best. I’ve never met anyone else outside my immediate family who has had this. Degleiste may have something to do with railroad tracks–gleise is German for tracks and the ridges of the matzo look like railroad tracks when it is fried.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      Love that visual, Punch. Let’s hear it, anyone else had degleiste matzo?

  6. Kerrin says:

    what a list ! this is a page to bookmark for many passovers to come. thrilled to be a part of it. and in fact, i had a new idea for this year. i made a rhubarb meringue pie and will be doing it this week with a matzoh meal crust. also baked a chocolate chip macaroon tart for the first seder, and that was a winner. to be repeated for sure…

    oh and #101, that video – love it ! so creative and too funny. happy pesach to all !

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      Thanks for the rhubarb meringue idea, Kerrin. Always happy for more lovely destinations for rhubarb….perhaps next spring we ought to do 101 uses for that!

  7. rwk says:

    Love all the different ideas!

    One typical thing my mother does every year is to top matzah with melted butter (a few seconds in the microwave usually does the trick) and then a cinnamon sugar topping. I find it’s simple and quick for a breakfast or snack on the go.

  8. Ellen B. says:

    As a Jew, like many of my tribe-mates, I really don’t like matzah. I’m commanded to eat it, so I do, but I don’t like it. Also, many of these recipes are not kosher for Passover, except for Sephardim. Beans? Peanut butter. As if! Just saying.

    And that said, if I must, I prefer it slathered with the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, butter. Since Passover butter is unsalted, I let fly the kosher salt.

    I also like matzah brei, as does my family. I’ve made the toffee, too, and it’s pretty good. All those who describe matzah as a vehicle have it just right.

  9. Linda-Anne says:

    My family makes matzah brei with onions: brown rings of sliced white onion in butter, top with a mix of damp broken matzah and egg, then take it out of the pan, put in more butter, more onion, and flip the brei to cook the second side. I did not realize people make it sweet until I was an adult. Now I am interested in where this variant may have come from. My mother’s mother was from Kolymaya, which I believe was just over the Polish border in Eukraine in her day. As an adult I have been served breis made with matzah and egg in more of a scrambled egg way rather than an omlete way, and topped with sugar and cinnamon, jam, or maple syrup.

    • Lindsay Myers says:

      Those all sound delicious, Linda-Anne. We’ll never say no to onions or more butter! Perhaps some of our other readers will have insight about the sweet versions of matzah brei.

  10. Hi, I’m not Jewish, but love the yehuda matzos. I usually eat them with tuna salad or cream cheese-based spreads. Thanks so much for the wonderful ideas, I will be sure to try them. :) Matzo Brie!!! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      Iriss, you made our day with your sassy and savory ideas. Let us know which ones from the list you try…!

  11. JT says:

    What an amazing web page! I scour the internet every spring for something fantastic to put in my Pesach repertoire. This is the Best.I.Have.Found.Anywhere. Thank you so much for your spirit and prose. Chag Sameach!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      JT, you just Made My Day! Many, many thanks. If you o your readers have any suggestions for how to make matzoh more palatable that you don’t see on our list, please feel free to add a comment or to email me directly @ renee@leitesculinaria.com and I’ll see to it that we add mention. Chag Sameach!

  12. Emily Burtt says:

    My kids’ invention: Matzah cereal. (We don’t normally buy store-bought cereals.) They crush up several matzo in a bowl and add some of our homemade maple syrup and milk, maybe some fruit. Really, it’s not bad!

  13. An says:

    What is the recipe that includes grape smashed with nuts and wine. Usually you put it on a piece of Matzoh.

  14. Ferne Shulmah, Canada says:

    HELP!! I lost my recipe for Passover fried chicken which was fabulous. I dipped it in seasoned potatoe starch first then into a beaten egg mx and then into seasibed crushed spelt matzah. I then fried the chicken breasts in grapeseed oil. They were declicious.

    DOES ANYONE HAVE THIS RECIPE. THANKS.

    • David Leite David Leite says:

      Can anyone help Ferne?

    • Beth Price says:

      Hi Ferne, one of testers suggested this recipe;

      Passover Fried Chicken (Makes 4 servings)

      1 chicken cut into 8ths, or parts of your choice
      1 cup potato starch
      2 teaspoons garlic powder
      2 teaspoons onion powder
      1 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley
      salt and pepper
      2 eggs beaten with 3 tablespoons water
      2 cups matzo meal or 3 crushed matzos
      oil for frying

      Wash and dry chicken pieces. Dip into seasoned potato starch, then into the egg mixture, and then into the matzo meal. Fry in heated oil until juice runs clear when pierced with a knife.

      Note: You can add whatever seasonings you prefer, such as oregano, paprika, etc. to the potato starch.

  15. I was looking for something like this and found it. Yay!

  16. Kelley Butler says:

    Egg salad and pimento cheese, but not at the same time. :)

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