Lotzah Matzah: Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Unleavened Bread

Happy Pesach ya'll! Passover, the Jewish holiday remembering the biblical story of the ancient Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt, is here. The story goes that once freed, the Israelites left in such a hurry that they could not wait for their dough to rise.

To commemorate, matzah (or matzo, or matzoh, or matzot, or...ehh screw it) became a symbol of Passover, and "The Festival of Unleavened Bread" was born. But just because your bread doesn't rise, that doesn't mean it can't be tasty.

Check out our Top 5 Ways to Eat Matzah :

5. Matzah Brei

This traditional breakfast made with eggs and matzah is like a Kosher-4-Passover French toast. Matzah is broken up into pieces, soaked quickly in water, mixed with eggs and fried in butter. I've seen it eaten plain or with ketchup (yuck, don't get me started), but why not spice it up with chunks of kosher salami and cracked black pepper or a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar? You could also cook it in schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) or duck fat and sprinkle it with chives, or serve it with apple sauce or raspberry jam and lemon zest. Or top it with powdered sugar, sliced pears and toasted walnuts. Or do whatever the eff you want with it, because it's delicious!

4. S'matzah

S'mores + Matzah = S'matzah. See what I did there? Matzah dipped in chocolate or schmeared with Nutella has been always been a favorite. Add a toasted marshmallow to the mix and thank me later.

3. Matzahgna

You heard me right. Not Lasagna, Matzahgna. Just run water over the matzah, spread a baking dish with a marinara and layer in the soaked matzah, sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and veggies. If you wanna get frisky with it, try it with a béchamel sauce, mixed Italian cheeses, garlic, mushrooms and spinach.

2. Matzah Pizza

That's right. My Italian ass just threw two guinea meals in here. Pizza bagels certainly work - and matzah pizza does too. Heat up some marinara, slap it onto matzah, cover it with cheese and veggies and throw it in the toaster oven 'til the cheese is melted. Done and done!

1. Matzah Ball Soup

To me, this is the ultimate tastiest way to eat your matzah. Matzah balls, the traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dumplings made from matzah meal, are the perfect light, fluffy, and delicious way to pump up chicken soup. My favorite in town is at Kenny & Ziggy's. The restaurant's larger-than-life Matzoh Ball is truly heaven; the plump, schmaltz-ridden dumpling sits smack in the center of a bowl surrounded by noodles and bits of shredded chicken. The veggie-laden broth comes served on the side to ensure your gigantic ball keeps the perfect texture when eaten. It's insanely good, but if you're feeling randy, you can add in Kreplach, little dumplings filled with ground meat, as well.

Who needs yeast, anyway? What are you're favorite ways to eat matzah?

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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