Matzah brei is a huge staple in our house over Pesach. Every year we make
it on day one of Pesach and every year the kids run away screaming.
But by day two, they're pretty hungry and are all happy to
have some. And they even like it - they just never remember that they like it.
This is not something that you can make and freeze, so
I don't have any pictures yet but it's a good recipe that can help you plan
ahead for the many many meals you will need to make over the course of eight
days. We eat matzah brei often, and it works for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I am sure there are many ways to make matzah brei;
this is how we make ours.
1 box of matzah
1 tsp salt (optional)
Really. That's it. Okay, some water too, but that's it. Start by breaking up the matzahs
into medium sized pieces and pile them in a big bowl. Add cold water to the bowl -
just enough to cover the matzah. Let the matzah peices soak in the water for a few minutes,
until they are soft but not totally mushy. Using your hand to keep the matzah in
the bowl, tilt the bowl and drain it of all the water, pressing on the matzah to
get as much liquid out as possible. Don't worry if some matzah escaped into the
sink, it happens to the best of us.
While the matzah is soaking, beat the eggs in a small
bowl and add salt if you like. Heat your (large) frying pan with cooking spray
or butter (relax, it's Pesach, you're supposed to gain 5 pounds in 8 days -
you'll go walking after pesach) and let it heat up. While it is heating, add the
eggs into the matzah pieces, mixing well. Pour the whole thing into the hot
frying pan and let it cook, turning the whole thing with a spatula every one in
a while - kind of how you might make scrambled eggs.
When the egg is done, so is the matzah brei. Serve warm; we like it with ketchup.
Version #2: Cheese Matzah Brei
Do the same thing as above, but add a cup (or more) of
shredded cheese. Continuing with the scrambled egg analogy, it will now be like
a cheese omelet. But not. You know what I mean.
Version #3: Pizza Matzah Brei
Do the same thing as in version #2, but add some marinara sauce. You now have
pizza matzah brei. Of course you can just add sauce and cheese to a piece
of matzah and make matzah pizza in the toaster but this is just a little different.
If you're like me and have several kids who like their matzah brei in all
different ways, don't worry. It's all good.
See here's the thing - you can make all three versions in one pan and make everyone
happy. Start with version #1 and take off some for the kid who likes it plain.
Add in the cheese and then take off some for the kid who just wants cheese and
then add in sauce for whoever wants it with sauce. Three different meals, one
pan. Really, can you ask for anything more? I didn't think so. You're welcome.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)