Lotsa Matzo: Fun Recipes for Passover

What to do when life gives you unleavened bread. 
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Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

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Unleavened Eats

Have you grown a little weary of the standard Passover fare? Sure, matzo pizza and PB&J make great after-school snacks when you're 12 (and we love them still), but perhaps you're looking to expand your options a bit. Here are some delicious new ways to incorporate more matzo into your life. All of these ideas are vegetarian to help keep them kosher for Passover, but feel free to add meat if you want.

Matzo Avocado “Toast” with Egg

Toast half a sheet of matzo, then top with a fried egg, slices of avocado, herbs and salt for a healthy breakfast, anytime. 

Matzo Muffin-Tin Charoset Crowns

A simple kid's-table holiday classic in the making: Break 3 sheets of matzo into small pieces; moisten with water to soften. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can, then stir in 1 beaten egg to coat. Press into the bottom and up the sides of 6 standard muffin-tin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes. Cool and fill with your favorite apple charoset recipe. Makes 6.

Matzo Cinnamon Sugar Crisps

Brush both sides of matzo squares with melted butter, then sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 325 degrees F on a parchment-lined baking sheet until sugar is melted and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely, then break into pieces and enjoy. 

Dark Chocolate No-Bake Fruit and Nut Matzo Squares

Crush matzo to measure 2 cups. Mix in 1/3 cup dried fruit and 1/3 cup chopped nuts. Melt 2 cups of dark chocolate chips in the microwave; stir into matzo mixture to coat. Plop the whole thing onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (it will be thick and will not reach the edges of the pan). Sprinkle additional crushed matzo, fruit and nuts on top. Let harden in refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes before cutting.

Matzo Nachos

Break matzo into chip-sized pieces. Top with a blend of shredded Mexican cheeses, scallions and pickled chiles (or any of your favorite nacho toppings), then bake at 400 degrees F for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese melts.

Matzo Vegetarian Lasagna

Who needs noodles when matzo is around? This lasagna has a satisfying crunchiness around the edges, even though most of the matzo is softened by the sauce, ricotta and veggies as it cooks. Just layer, stack and bake as usual, using matzo in place of no-boil noodles. 

Matzo S'mores

Whether you make them indoors or gathered around a campfire, s'mores are a year-round family favorite. (Be sure to seek out marshmallows that are kosher for Passover!) 

 

Tip: If you squish your s'mores all together as shown, the marshmallows and melted chocolate should help glue the whole thing together, keeping the matzo from crumbling all over the place.

No-Bake Chocolate Matzo Stack Cake

Melt the contents of a bag of dark chocolate chips in the microwave for 60 seconds; spread melted chocolate onto the tops of 7 sheets of matzo. Refrigerate or freeze until the chocolate is set. Then alternate with layers of whipped cream and/or chocolate mousse, topped with chopped nuts. 

 

Note: Don't try to cut this like a traditional cake. Instead, serve each guest a layer with a few berries on the side.