Matzah Brei in Yiddish literally means “fried matzah”, and matzah is kind of like a big cracker eaten in the Jewish holiday of Passover instead of bread (this is not bible class, so I’ll spare you the why. we are here for the food). So Matzah Brei comes obviously from an Ashkenazi-Jewish origin, a fact I had no knowledge of growing up eating this variation of the dish every Passover. My family’s version is not as common, but for me, it was the only way of making Matzah Brei, so if you look for spicing up your breadless days, this is the place for you.
So basically, what we do is the matzah version of shallow-fried grilled cheese meeting an omelet. Yes, we add cheese to the traditional matzah and egg. And here’s how we do it:
Matzah-Brei Sephardi-Israeli Style
– 3 matzas
– 4-5 slices of your favorite melty cheese (any kind you like in your grilled cheese)
– 2 eggs
– 1 tbsp milk
– salt and pepper
– neutral oil for frying
Rinse the matza under cold water and place it in a towel for a few minutes to soften. In a shallow, wide dish, beat the eggs with salt, pepper, and milk. Heat 1 cm deep of oil in a skillet. Cut each Matza in half and add 1-2 layers of cheese on one side of the half matzah, then close the other half over it, to create a sandwich. Dip in the egg mixture on both sides and put in the hot oil to golden, around 2-3 minutes. Flip it until golden on the other side as well, take out to a paper towel and eat!
You can also add crumbles of feta cheese, thinly sliced scallions, red onions, mushrooms, just make sure they’re covered with cheese, so it’ll stay inside of the matzah sandwich and wouldn’t fall off while frying.
If you make it, please tag me @ShirEats on Instagram. I want to see what you came up with!
Happy and delicious Passover!