Three things come to mind when I think of Passover: the seder, gefilte fish and matzah in all types and forms. From matzah brei to the classic matzah ball soup, it’s easy to get sick of this unforgettable unleavened bread. When the cravings come for bagels, pasta and challah, matzah pizza just won’t do the trick.
Matzah’s flavorless characteristic is a blessing in disguise. It is a versatile ingredient that can easily be transformed into mouthwatering treats and dishes to get you through the eight days of Passover. You can crumble it up and turn it into flour or soak it for a casserole or noodle-like dish, and as anyone with a sweet tooth knows, enough butter and chocolate can make anything delicious!
If a Prince of Egypt movie-watching night is part of your Passover tradition, then what’s a better movie-watching food than chicken fingers and french fries? Instead of using flour or breadcrumbs to coat your chicken, try this Matzah-Meal Breaded Chicken for an alternative, perhaps even crunchier, chicken tender. Add different seasonings like cumin, paprika and chili powder to the mix to give it an extra boost of flavor.
The weather is always questionable around Passover, and more often than not, a steaming bowl of matzah ball soup is exactly what you’re craving to get you through the final weeks of winter. Whether you’re Team Sinker or Floater in the Great Matzah Ball Debate, everyone can agree that a warm, fluffy roll is the perfect way to sop up all the broth. These Popover Rolls are a quick and easy chametz-free side you can make for your seder and keep on hand throughout the week for leftover soup, sandwiches and extra brisket drippings.
Matzah is a great vehicle for layering. Its flat shape is perfect for stacked cakes, but another great way to utilize those layers is in lasagna. Swap out noodles for sheets of matzah in your favorite lasagna recipe, or use new spring greens in this Spinach and Ricotta Matzah Lasagna. Or go the Sephardic route with minas, savory layered matzah pies. Taking pasta even further, challenge yourself with some homemade pasta this year for a wonderful Passover surprise. With dough made out of matzah meal and matzah cake flour, this Passover Sfogliatelle pairs perfectly with a meat ragu or any other hearty sauce.
Now for those with a sweet tooth, the matzah magic goes above and beyond in the sugar world. For an easy ice cream treat that riffs on the classic waffle cone, take some crumbled chocolate covered matzah and stir it into your favorite flavor. Put out an assortment of toppings and have an ice cream sundae party! If chocolate-covered matzah isn’t enough, make everyone’s favorite “matzah crack” (top photo). The magical trio of butter, sugar and chocolate (with a pinch of salt!) turns plain boring matzah into an irresistible toffee-like treat that disappears almost as fast as you make it. This stuff won’t last you through the first two seders!
With all these recipes, you’ll have no trouble using up all the matzah leftover from your seder. Who knows, you may even find yourself hoarding a box of matzah to make these recipes later in the year!