I know that some Jews dread Passover, because anything "leavened", meaning any food prepared using raising agents, is off limits for 8 days. This means you can't eat pasta, cake, cookies, bread, pie, and more for 8 straight days. I know. You're thinking wow, that sucks. But I'm here to argue that the one form of "bread" we can eat, matzo, is so versatile that you can still live an indulgent and delicious life while following Passover's strict food guidelines.
Matzo is an unleavened flatbread made with just flour and water. Because of its simple ingredients, it tastes very bland, almost like nothing, making it ideal to catch the flavors of whatever you prepare it with. Sweet, spicy, or savory — matzo never fails to provide a great base for a tasty recipe.
1. Matzo Toffee
Sometimes called "matzo crack", this crunchy, sweet, and nutty, passover treat always hits the spot.
2. Matzo Brei
Made with essentially just matzo, eggs, salt, and pepper, this delicious breakfast is the perfect cure to that Manischewitz hangover from the night before.
Take your fave childhood snack and turn it into a sweet matzo delight. These sweet thangs honestly don't taste much different than normal puppy chow, due to the intense flavor from the peanut butter and chocolate.
This passover classic never fails to soothe the soul (and the tummy).
Similar to matzo toffee, this crunchy peanut butter sweet fulfills all cravings.
6. Matzo Pizza
For all you pizza lovers our there, this matzo pizza will help you make it through the seven days of passover, until you can eat the real stuff again.
8. Matzo Nachos
Add a Mexican twist to your leavened bread-free lifestyle by making these simple yet unreal matzo nachos.
These matzo s'mores will take you right to the campfire.
10. Matzo PB & J
This classic sandwich, matzo style, never fails to satisfy me throughout passover. PB & J is such a good combo on its own that it truly works well without the classic bread.
11. Matzo Granola
This crunchy and sweet matzo granola can be put in yogurt, combined with a bowl of milk, mixed in to some homemade trail mix, or just enjoyed on its own.
Some see passover as a culinary let down because of the lack of leavened bread you're able to use while cooking and eating, but I like to look on the bright side. Passover is an unreal opportunity to experiment, taking a relatively bland food and making it taste so good in so many different ways. Chag sameach, y'all!