Okay, so Passover isn’t exactly deemed the most glamorous holiday when it comes to food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. At my parent’s house last night, my dad prepared fresh sushi-grade tuna with wasabi and guacamole, red snapper with tomatoes in white wine and garlic and salmon with dill sauce and cucumber salad in lieu of traditional jarred gefilte fish. (See where I get it from?) When it comes to matzah, however, it can often feel like a one-trick pony.
I’ve always found the same story rings true each year: If you have to eat it, you find it boring and bland. If Passover isn’t your holiday, those who try it wonder why we get sick of it after the first seder.
While the flat, unleavened bread can serve as a plain ‘cracker’ there are many other ways we can utilize it in sandwich form, baked Italian dishes and even desserts. Every ingredient I use is marked Kosher for Passover, and therefore the recipes below are prepared with products that can be found with that stamp of approval.
Here are a few fun recipes to start you off for the week. Stay tuned for Matzah Brittle and Apple Cinnamon Matzah Brei!
1. Matzah Lasagna: The crunchy boards transform into pliable noodles after bathing in a dish of tomato sauce. Sautee or roast chopped vegetables of your choice in olive oil or cooking spray, and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Carrots, broccoli, eggplant, red peppers and cauliflower make for a hearty combination. Coat a baking dish with sauce and stack alternating layers of matzah, veggies, cheese (optional) and top with additional sauce. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted.
2. Matzah Pizza: Cover matzah with sauce (Look for tomato, pizza and vodka varieties that are Kosher for Passover) and shredded mozzarella cheese. If desired, add additional toppings such as mushrooms, olives, broccoli etc. Bake at 350 on a foil lined cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes . The result is a crisp, thin crust that’s actually quite addictive.
3. Matzah Tuna Melt: For an easy lunch, make a tuna salad with canned tuna, mayo, celery and salt and pepper. Top with cheddar cheese. Warm in toaster until cheese is melted.
4. Matzah with Cottage Cheese and Berries: While cottage cheese is certainly not on my shopping list during most the year, I really enjoy this fluffy, low-fat whipped version. The finer curds take on a lighter texture similar to ricotta and can be spread like a cream cheese. Mix with cinnamon and sugar and smooth over a piece of matzah. Top with fresh berries for a breakfast or snack that is refreshing and packed with protein.