Matzah brei (matzah fried with eggs) is a standard hol hamoed Pesach (Passover) staple for many families. How it is served, though, comes in countless varieties. The matzah brei I grew up with, for example, was scrambled. In my husband’s family, matzah brei is a very thick pan-cake, served in wedges like a cake. Others follow the French toast method and fry whole sheets of matzah dipped in egg. People get even more creative when it comes to toppings. Anything goes from the sweet cinnamon and sugar, jam, or chocolate syrup toppings to the savory sour cream or soft cheese and herbs or ketchup for kids. I know one person who likes to eat matzah brei with ketchup and cream cheese and jelly. Minimalists, on the other hand, will eat matzah brei plain or just add a small sprinkle of salt.
This year, I decided to try something new: charoset-stuffed matzah brei. This treat puts a new spin on two traditional foods. The fruity, nutty charoset served at the seder often gets pushed to the back of the fridge after its debut night. Delicious spread on matzah, adding it to matzah brei creates a soft, easily-portable matzah sandwich that needs no extra toppings.
This is a French toast-style matzah brei. Simply moisten two sheets of matzah, spread charoset on one, close the sandwich, dip the whole thing in beaten eggs, and fry.
I can’t wait to try this out other spreads, like cheese, roasted eggplant, or pesto.
Charoset-Stuffed Matzah Brei Recipe
8 square sheets of matzah
2 large eggs
1/4 cup water or milk
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of your favorite charoset (You might want to try one of these Charoset recipes from around the world.)
Oil or cooking spray for frying
- Heat oil in frying pan.
- Beat eggs, liquid, and salt with a fork in a wide, shallow bowl.
- Run two sheets of matzah under water to moisten. You want them moist, not crunchy and not soggy.
- Spread 2 tablespoons charoset on one sheet of matzah. Close the sandwich with the other moistened matzah.
- Dip the matzah sandwich in the egg mixture. Soak for a few seconds. Flip it carefully, and soak the other side.
- Fry for about a minute on each side.