For those of us celebrating Passover, what we’re really thinking right about now is bread, or rather the lack there of. To help you get through this week, below are our 3 favorite matzo recipes that take that bland piece of cardboard and turn it into something worth eating. Have fun with this!
1. Geschmirte Matzo- When I was a kid I actually got excited for Passover because it meant Geschmirte Matzo time. Ask anyone on the street and they’ll probably look at you like you’re speaking another language when you say this- which you are! Geschmirte is yiddish for smear, which we will be doing a lot of. Regardless, if you like cheesecake you ought to give this a try. The recipe below has been adapted by my family over the years.
- 500g whipped cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 box of Matzo
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
2. Matzo Pizza- Another surprisingly good substitute! We use authentic san marzano tomatos and fun spices to add flavor and heat to this dish. We recommend you go crazy with the toppings, too!
- Tomato sauce, we use crushed San Marzano
- Shredded mozzarella
- Spices to taste, we use oregano and rosemary
- Toppings, we suggest everything from sausage to pineapple to mushrooms and olives!
3. Matzo granola- For the breakfaster and snacker in all of us, we bring to you the one item most cannot live with out: cereal. Matzo is actually perfect for this because it is naturally crunchy and it absorbs milk nicely. We use almonds, coconut, and lots’ o honey, but this is all about you! Follow the basic steps and then add in your favorites.
- 4 cups Matzo Farfal
- 3/4 cup coconut
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup oil
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix everything together and lay flat on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden, turning every 10 minutes.
For gluten and dairy free variations, we recommend Yehuda gluten free matzo, Daiya dairy free mozzarella and almond milk- all available at Whole Foods.
If you’re looking for great places to get your Kosher ingredients, including Matzo, online, check out our Israeli & Kosher foods page or this blog post on shopping Kosher. And we wish you and your family a delicious holiday this week!