Matzo Brei with Creamed Spinach and Crispy Onions

I didn't know about matzo brei, that wonderful breakfast dish consisting of matzo and beaten eggs cooked in a lot of butter, until I started[ dating my now-husband (who is Jewish), in the mid-70s. His mom, Esther, made it for me and I thought it was absolutely delicious. I always wondered if you could build on matzo brei, treat it much like you would treat an omelet or scrambled eggs and throw in any old ingredient. So I tried it for this recipe and it worked surprisingly well. Boursin, an herb-flavored spreadable cheese which I have fond memories of from my childhood (it was very gourmet in the 60s), is a tad expensive, which is why I am offering a few alternatives. After you make this once, let your imagination go wild and throw in your favorite ingredients such as sauteed mushrooms, onions or even broccoli.]

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • Kosher salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 3 whole matzos
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 (5.2-ounce) package herb flavored spreadable cheese, (recommended: Boursin) or 2/3 cup soft goat or cream cheese
Directions
  • Heat the oil in a medium skillet over high heat until hot. Reduce the heat to medium; add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve the skillet and oil in which the onions were cooked.

  • Meanwhile squeeze the spinach well, a handful at a time to remove all the water and set aside. Break up the matzos slightly and soak them in a bowl of cold water for 3 minutes. Drain the matzos and combine them with the eggs, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Reheat the oil remaining in the reserved skillet with the butter over medium-high heat until hot. Add the matzo mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until eggs are scrambled and the matzo has begun to crisp, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cheese and cook until just heated through. Top each portion with a mound of the onions.


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