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Fried Matzo Also Known as Matzo Brei
Matzo and Eggs
Whether you call it fried matzo, matzo brei, or matzo and eggs, this dish is one of the easiest and, if you follow my recipe, the healthiest breakfast you can make.
Matzo Brei is often served as a breakfast dish. But since it is a filling and satisfying meal, this dish can be served at anytime. Although it is simple to make, there are many different ingredients that can be added to dress up the traditional fried matzo recipe to fit any occasion.
I will tell you, as I always do, that I use the healthiest ingredients possible. All my recipes have been altered to serve my family's health conscious lifestyle. My husband is a diabetic so the whole family is conscious of what we serve and eat.
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It all Began
In Ancient Times
Mixing matzo with eggs is said to have begun during the late Middle Ages, about the fifteenth century, by the Ashkenazim, the Jewish community that settled along the Rhine Valley . Their new home was originally called Ashkenazi later it was named Germany.
It is not surprising that a people who mixed flour with water to create matzo, an unleavened bread, during their exodus from Egypt, would continue to use it wherever they settled.
Don't let anyone tell you that Matzo Brei began its culinary life during the exodus, because no one had access to eggs. Even if they were available, eggs would have never survived the journey.
Matzo Brei is most often served as a traditional Passover breakfast, since this holiday celebrates the exodus and thus does not allow the use of leavened bread or any other dish that requires yeast.
Matzo by itself is very dry and tastes a little like cardboard, so it is not surprising that some housewife thought to add eggs to moisten it, making it more enjoyable to eat.
Photo: Map showing the Rhine Valley from the New World Encyclopedia
Translation is fried matzo.
As I mentioned, the recipe I will give you is the healthiest version of this dish. If it is not to your liking, you should follow the alternative version.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 5 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: four
- Four wheat matzos
- Four eggs
- Warm water
- Put the four matzos in a large pan and cover them with warm water. Allow the matzos to soften, but not too soft. Squeeze the water out of the matzos and break them into bite size pieces and put them in a heated non-stick skillet. Heat over low heat while beating the four eggs. Add the eggs and mix until the eggs are set to your liking. Divide the mixture onto four plates.
- Serving suggestion: Serve with applesauce to add a little sweetness.
- Photo: taken by designsbyharriet
Alternate Matzo and Egg Recipe - Dont' Miss the Optionals
This recipe can still be healthy if you use the wheat matzos, but if you don't like all that wheat you can either use half wheat and half flour matzos or all flour.
Prep Time: 5
Total Time: 10
- Four wheat or flour matzos
- Four Eggs
- 2 tbls milk
- 2 tbls butter or oil
- Warm water
- salt to taste
- See all the options listed below to add excitement to this dish.
- Put the matzos in a large pan and cover with warm water. Soak them until they are just softened, but not too soft. Squeeze out the excess water. Break the matzos into bite sized pieces. Melt the butter or oil in a frying pan, works best if the frying pan is non-stick. Add the matzos and heat at low temperature. Mix the milk with the eggs and beat. Add the eggs and cook until set. Salt to taste.
- Optional: While cooking you can add fried onions, a delicious addition. Use your imagination and add whatever cooked vegetable or meat you would use in an omelet.
- Serving suggestions: If you are not adding meat or vegetables, top with cinnamon and a little sugar or maple syrup or serve with applesauce to add zest to your plain fried matzo dish.
To Try or not To Try - That is My Question
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