These ideas are so easy and delicious you may find yourself running out to buy even more.

By Stacey Ballis
April 21, 2020
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Maybe you planned to fully commit to Passover dining rules this year and loaded in boxes of matzo like a pesadich prepper. Perhaps you bought your matzo in anticipation of a large family Seder that suddenly became a Zoom meetup. Or maybe, like me, you ordered one box of matzo from a grocery delivery service to get you through Seder and single boxes were out of stock and your shopper replaced with a five-pack.

Regardless of how it happened, many of us are now staring down at a glut of matzo, and the holiday is passed, and let’s be honest, they are not really great on a cheese and charcuterie platter. So, what the heck to do with all those cardboardy sheets of unleavened carbs?

Extra matzo miracle #1: Matzo meal!

This is so simple a solution, it’s amazing we didn’t all think of it sooner. Whirring matzo up in your food processor will give you homemade matzo meal for making future matzo balls or seamlessly subbing in for breadcrumbs in any recipe. Matzo meal stores smaller and easier than matzo crackers and can be frozen to keep fresh.

Extra matzo miracle #2: Elevate them into cocktail crackers!

Welcome to the ultimate upgrade. Melt some clarified butter (I usually use ghee, which you can find in the Indian section of your grocery, because I am lazy), brush both sides of your matzo crackers generously, and arrange them on a parchment-lined sheet pan. If the matzos were unsalted, give them a light sprinkle with salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely on a rack, then gently break into smaller cracker-sized chunks and serve with cheese spreads. They will hold fine in an airtight container for a week. You can also sprinkle the buttered crackers with pretty much any spice or spice blend before baking: Think za’atar, vadouvan, a dusting of smoked paprika, or even ranch powder for more of a snack cracker appeal. Or—perhaps best of all—sprinkle with a hard cheese like parmesan to make a crispy cheese cracker.

Extra matzo miracle #3: Go Italian!

Matzo can get an Italian treatment too. Kids will love matzo pizza snacks: Just spread a matzo with tomato paste, sprinkle with dried Italian herbs, top with mozzarella, and pop in your toaster oven for a fast snack that satisfies. Or make this eggplant matzo lasagna and see if you miss the noodles!

More matzo miracles for right now

Here are some other great ideas for matzo recipes that are more than just Passover make-dos:

  1. Salted matzo toffee is like a good toffee and a chocolate covered pretzel had a lovely baby. Easy and delicious for any occasion.
  2. Once you have made your DIY matzo meal, these herbed dinner rolls are just a few steps away, and a fun and unusual baking project.
  3. A lot of us think of matzo brei as just a version of French toast made with matzo and topped with powdered sugar or syrup. If you have never had a savory matzo brei, now is the time to start and this version with mushrooms can be a breakfast or a savory side dish at dinner.
  4. A good matzo kugel shouldn’t just be regulated to a Seder side dish. It’s great next to any protein at your next dinner!

Ready to run out and buy up the leftover matzo—no doubt on sale—and double-down on your supply? I thought so!