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Attention grocery store shoppers: it's that time of year again when rows of matzo-based products start dominating supermarket displays as the Jewish eight-day holiday of Passover draws near.
During Passover, which begins the night of April 18 this year, Jewish people all over the world will forgo leavened bread products to commemorate the story of the Exodus.
Sure - some people only eat the unleavened cracker during Passover out of observance, but chef Stephanie Izard likes her matzo all year 'round.
Stephanie Izard was the season four winner of Bravo's über popular reality cooking competition, "Top Chef." Her latest venture, Girl and the Goat, just nabbed a 2011 James Beard Award nomination for "Best Restaurant."
Matzo has been one of my favorite snacks since I was a kid. Many of my friends that are Jewish and had matzo during Passover thought I was nuts for eating it year round. It is a giant cracker - what is not to like? So here are some of my go-to simple toppers for this giant crunchy and delicious any time snack.
Five Favorite Matzo Toppers: Stephanie Izard
1. Cream cheese and turkey
"I would say this is my number one go to. Rather than a turkey sandwich, I prefer a crunchy turkey matzo with a hefty schmear of whipped cream cheese."
2. Pizza sauce and cheddar
"An obvious one I would say, pizza matzoh, but it is just so darn tasty - I had to mention it. You can even just top it and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds."
3. Butter and Lawry's seasoning salt
"I grew up on Lawry's on everything: fried chicken, fries, baked potatoes. And with a little butter spread on matzoh? Simple and delicious."
4. Peanut butter and strawberry jam
"Just like with the turkey, I prefer my PB&J on matzoh - more texture. You can just break the matzoh in half and make a matzoh-witch. And I am all the way a strawberry jam girl over grape jelly - well now that I am in my 30s."
5. Tuna salad with pickles and hard-boiled egg
"Oh, how i love some tasty tuna salad. Nice and creamy with mucho mayo and some Dijon, some diced up pickles and some chopped up hard-boiled egg. You might need a stick of Orbitz afterward, but it tastes delish."
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Hello cream cheese and turkey? Treif! And Ashkenazi Jews would never eat peanut butter during passover
Funny how there is a meal to celebrate the passover of God's Angel of Death that killed the first born male of non-believers.
I bet parents don't teach their kids that fact.
a) of course they do b) it wasn't "non-believers", it was the Egyptians because they were enslaving the Jews
Same reply to his copy and paste on the other Passover food blogs.
Of course they do. Its called the 10th plague, M0r0n.
Have you ever had matza pancakes? Delish. I'mjust sayin'.
Butter and honey are the best topping combination!
I don't like Lawry's seasoning salt. They put sugar in it. I prefer Sauer's Seasoning Salt. There is no sugar in it, and it tastes SOOOOO much better than Lawry's. It does contain MSG, though. That's the biggest drawback - besides the sodium, of course.
There are many reform and secular Jews who don't keep kosher, so I think the complaints in that regard are overblown. Still, I'm surprised she didn't mention one of the traditional parts of the passover seder: matzah plus charoset (apples, nuts, honey, spices) equals delicious!
I use crushed matzoh or matzoh flour to make a coating for fried green tomatoes. A friend told me that trick, and it makes them sooo deliciously crispy without being too greasy.
Could she at least stick to the kosher options - not mixing meat and dairy products. Since many Jews don't eat peanut products during Passover, she could have left that out as well (too long an explanation here as to why peanuts are a no go for Passover; ask local rabbinic authorities).
You can tell the non-Jews because they like matzah. Or is it matzo?
Lox, cream cheese and capers.
It is so amazing what you can do with a cracker.
Try hummus on matzo, especially the red pepper flavor. To die for!
what happened to fried matzo?
Thank God for variety of food, especially for the lots of things we can create with milk and eggs. Amazing substances on an amazing planet.
I enjoy scallops wrapped in bacon atop my matza. Goes well with a shankbone
Matzo doesn't taste like a cracker; it tastes like a stale cracker.
We make a family favorite.....Lasagna!!!!!
Why even eat matzah if you're going to put meat and dairy on it? It's like fasting on yom kippur while you're out playing golf.
More stupid CNN crap.
Cream cheese and turkey? That's not even kosher.
It doesn't sound (to me, anyway) as if the author is Jewish. I could be misinterpreting it, but I read this: "Many of my friends that are Jewish and had matzo during Passover thought I was nuts for eating it year round" to indicate that she was not (otherwise, I would expect some family or family tradition references, rather than just the wonder of Jewish friends) ... in which case, she would not be eating it to keep Kosher anyway.
I like to put cheese on it, then melt the cheese in a toaster oven, then add hot sauce. It's like bread or a tortilla, and can be used much the same way, except that it's brittle.
"It is a giant cracker – what is not to like?"
She failed to mention it was a giant CARDBOARD cracker.
Oh, it wasn't that bad moderator. Text/blog makes it hard to get some times of humor across, LOL.
Haha! I'm the moron!
also makes cheap bread..
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