Passover is one of my favorite holidays. And, it's not because I love matzo. I actually get sick of matzo by the third day, but I realized you can actually be pretty creative with an oversized piece of unleavened bread.
First, for those who may not know, the eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan (April 10–18, 2017). It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leavened bread, and highlighted by Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
Back to matzo. . . Here are some things you can do to make it extra yummy:
- Matzo with lox and cream cheese: Who needs bagels, anyway? Just toast matzoh with butter, onion, and garlic powder, then deck it out with your favorite appetizing fixings. Mine are lox and cream cheese with tomatoes and onions!
- Apple-matzo kugel: Who doesn’t love a good kugel? Recipe here.
- Matzoh-crusted chicken cutlets: Good way to switch up your breading routine at any time of year. Recipe here.
- Spinach matzo pie: Like spanakopita, but without the phyllo dough. Recipe here.
- Matzo s'mores: S’mores were never really about the graham crackers, anyway. Recipe here.
- Passover lemon cheesecake: The crust is made with matzoh meal and almonds. Recipe here.
- Matzo latkes: Latkes aren't just for Chanukah! Recipe here.
- Matzo brei: There are many ways to fry a brei, but this is a pretty simple one. Recipe here.
Hope you and your family enjoy Passover, whether you are eating your matzo with cream cheese or making a 9-layer no-bake matzo layer cake!