3 Fun Ways to Use Matzo this Passover

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 cheeseGeschmirte Matzo
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box of Matzo
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until well mixed. Break matzo into small squares (about 4 per piece) and then dip into milk to moisten. Lay squares onto baking sheet and spread thickly with cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly set. 

Matzo Pizza recipe2. 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!

  • Matzo
  • 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!
Break matzo into smaller squares and spread with tomato sauce. Sprinkle with cheese, spices and then add toppings. We use the toaster oven set at 400 F for about 20 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble!

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!