Matzoh for Passover: A Traditional Food with Many Delicious Recipe Options
By Kalyn Denny on March 29, 2009
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Matzoh (also spelled matzo, matzah, matza, and matsah) is a traditional part of the Passover Seder, and many dishes with matzoh are served during the Jewish observance of Passover, which is April 9-15 this year. Even though I've written about Passover Recipes a few times for BlogHer, I confess I've never seen or tasted Matzoh. Sure, I've heard of Matzoh Ball Soup, but I thought it would be fun to see what else is made from Matzoh.
I checked Wikipedia on Passover food traditions and confirmed that Matzoh is a type of unleavened flatbread, eaten during Passover when bread and leavened baked goods aren't permitted. I also learned that matzoh flatbread is ground into matzoh meal, used to make matzoh balls and some types of passover sweets. Matzoh comes in flavors, and there are also gluten-free varities of matzoh made from oats or spelt.
Photo of Matzoh from The Perfect Pantry.
Lydia has a lot of good information about matzoh at The Perfect Pantry, along with her dad's recipe for Matzoh Brei (pictured below.)
Photo of Matzoh Brei from The Perfect Pantry.
I also found Matzoh Brei at Herbivoracious (which calls it Jewish Chilaquiles) and Matzoh Brei with Carmelised Apples at Bfruitfull.
Photo of Matzoh Ball Soup from Smitten Kitchen.
Matzoh Ball Soup is traditional, and the Matzoh Ball Soup at Smitten Kitchen certainly looks very tasty. I also like the looks of the Gluten-Free Matzoh Ball Soup at Elana's Pantry and the Sephardic Matzoh Ball Soup at Tigers and Strawberries. If you'd like to see how it's done before you commit to making matzoh balls, at From Scratch you can find a video of How to Make Matzoh Balls.
Photo of Chocolate-Covered Carmelized Matzoh Crunch from David Lebovitz.
Many bloggers mention how Matzoh benefits from the addition of chocolate, and the Chocolate-Covered Carmelized Matzoh Crunch from David Lebovitz is a good case in point. The folks at The people at the Kitchn agree with the chocolate+matzoh formula, and Matzoh Crack is what they've nicknamed their Chocolate Toffee Matzoh Candy. Chocolate Caramel Matzoh at Zoe Bakes is another chocolate matcoh combo that looks tasty.
More About Matzoh
~Amy Sherman writes The Matzoh Hater's Guide at One for the Table, and though she claims matzoh "feels like penance" her recipes for Toffee Chocolate Matzoh Crunch and Bacon and Onion Matzoh Brei both sound delicious.
~At Albion Cooks, Catherine shares how she makes Matzoh Lasagna.
~It's not kosher for Passover but the Spinach-Matzo Pie at Fat Free Vegan Kitchen looks intriguing.
~About.com has a good collection of Matzoh Recipes.
Have you eaten matzoh? If you have other interesting recipe ideas for using matzoh, please share a link or your recipe in the comments.
Kalyn Denny shares her passion for low-glycemic cooking at Kalyn's Kitchen.
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