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Creative Passover recipes

Unleavened bread unleashed!

for The Brooklyn Paper

A plain piece of matzo is, well, pretty plain. The most interesting thing about it (other than it’s religious and cultural significance) is that it looks like a giant cracker, which is about as interesting as being the world’s slowest snail. But what if you threw the world’s tiniest jet pack on the world’s slowest snail, making it faster than the world’s quickest cheetah? That would be like taking bland matzo and bestowing it with an unexpected explosion of flavor. Punch up your family’s palates this Passover with a little matzo madness. Here are five creative recipes that can be used to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. (To see images of all our delicious recipes, check out our Jewish soul food Pinterest page!):

Breakfast

Let’s face it — breakfast is filled with the five forbidden grains, which can leave a carb lover feeling pretty crabby on Passover. Leah Koenig, author of “The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook: Daily Meals for the Contemporary Jewish Kitchen,” offers a sweet solution: matzo granola with apricots and pistachios. Best part? Making it is a snap, crackle, and pop!

Lunch

There is such thing as a grain-free lunch. This quick and simple pizza recipe is easy enough for any observing, hungry, and culinary-challenged Jew who wants to whip up a tasty meal in a pinch. But if you have an itch for something a little more complex, try unleavened lasagna. Like most mouth-watering baked pasta recipes, this one calls for ricotta cheese, spinach, mozzarella, Parmesan, tomato sauce, garlic and fresh oregano — except you swap the noodles for matzo.

Dinner

Where’s the beef? On Passover, it’s usually the star of the seder. But why not have a ball with matzo and incorporate it into your meat or brisket dish instead of just using it for soup? Impress guests with sliders with caramelized onions (the matzo acts as a bun) or beef up your meal with matzo brei shepherd’s pie, which utilizes matzo and eggs to create a delicious crust.

Dessert

Who knew dietary restrictions could be so sweet? Chcoo-holics will love chocolate peanut butter matzo and for a baked dish the defines the term “delish,” try “tiramatzah” … which is served best after another healthy helping of the aforementioned unleavened lasagna.

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