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Matzo Brie - Matzo Pancakes - Passover Recipe

Matzo Brei is a traditional Passover comfort food favorite. It is usually made and eaten as a breakfast type food but can just as easily be modified to a savory version as a side dish in place of potatoes or rice.

Matzo Brei can be cooked into individual pancake type shape OR you can cook the entire pan into a chunky crumble and serve by the plateful. Everyone has their own style. Try it each way and see how your family likes it best.

It takes only a few simple ingredients and you'll have your family waiting in anticipation each year as Passover approaches for this comforting and yummy treat.

Ingredients...

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher Salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices of matzo
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons margarine
  • Optional: 1/4 cup finely minced onion

Here's how you do it...

  1. In a medium bowl beat the eggs.
  2. Mix in the salt, pepper. Set aside. (if you are using minced onion add it to this mixture)
  3. Break the matzos in to a colander.
  4. Hold the colander under hot running water for a minute. The Matzo will absorb some of the water and soften. Let the colander stand to drain out any excess water for another minute.
  5. Mix the softened matzo into the bowl containing the beaten eggs, onion, salt & pepper.
  6. Heat your skillet or frying pan to medium.
  7. Add the margarine till melted.
  8. Dump the entire bowl of matzo mixture into the hot pan. (or pour 1/2 cup of the mixture into pancake shapes)
  9. Stir, toss, and cook for about 2 minutes on each toss until the edges begin to brown and crisp. (If forming into individual matzo pancakes, cook each side 1 to 2 minutes.)
Serving Suggestions...

Matzo Brei is delicious when served ...
  • with a sprinkle of Splenda or sugar/cinnamon mix.
  • with your favorite jelly or jam.
  • with pancake syrup.
  • with applesauce and/or sour cream.

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