Ahhhh, Passover. That time of year when the majority of my friends gather with their families for somewhat drunken seders. (Their collective words from over the years, not mine. Ha!) Though I have always wanted to go to a seder, I have not yet been to one. Still, I have often gone to my share at general celebratory Passover dinners, full of brisket and freshly fried potato latkes. I am certainly not complaining about free meat and potatoes.
This day, the first full day of Passover for 2016, caused me to wake up with matzo on my mind. Specifically, I was craving Matzo Brei. What is Matzo Brei, you ask? It’s matzo, smashed up, mixed with egg, and fried. It’s a wonderfully versatile carb ‘n’ egg bomb, and when there are a lot of boxes of matzo on store shelves this time of year, I go a little batty.
French Toast Matzo Brei is pretty awesome. Done right, it’s a cross between French Toast and a pancake, and, exhibiting my occasionally superior self-control, I only have four of these while I recipe tested this morning.
It’s a miracle!
French Toast Matzo Brei
(Makes 4 Pieces)
– 2 pieces of matzo, crushed into bite-sized pieces
– 1/2 cup hot water, from the tap
– 2 large eggs
– 1 tablespoon milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 generous dash ground cinnamon
– 2 tablespoons coconut oil or vegetable oil
– 1/2 large apple, sliced
Before We Get Started…
– If observing, please make sure your ingredients are Kosher for Passover.
– My preference is to cook these in coconut oil; it gives it a more robust flavor.
– Since apple slices will be sautéd, use a good cooking apple, such as a Rome.
1.) In a medium-sized bowl, combine crushed matzo with water and let sit for 30 seconds or until matzo has absorbed water. Drain remaining water and set aside.
2.) In another bowl, whisk eggs together with milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Combine with matzo and mix until a rough batter forms.
3.) Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Divide batter into four pieces and cook for 1 – 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
4.) In same skillet, sauté apple slices for approximately 1 minute or until softened. If skillet is too dry, add more oil. Remove from heat. Top matzo brei with apples. Serve immediately.