Mucho Matzo

You know what’s the worst part about buying matzo meal for Passover?

Having it sit in the pantry for the rest of your life.

Okay, perhaps that’s a bit over-dramatic. Maybe you’re more organized than I am and would clear the shelves without needing to include all the contents in your final will.

The thing is, I just don’t love matzo in any form, aside from matzo toffee, perhaps. If we’re being honest, it tastes stale from the moment it comes off the factory line, with a gritty, chalky taste and texture that would be rejected by taste testers if Moses ever held a focus group on his new product.

Unfortunately, matzo meal is a necessary evil to enjoy the one redeeming dish of Passover: Matzo ball soup. If not for those tender, fluffy dumplings, I’d happily forget that the stuff even exists. Instead, I’ll do my Jewish duty of preparing the culinary highlight of the holiday, end up with a mostly full box of excess matzo meal, and either give it away via the Buy Nothing Project or unceremoniously dumping it out of frustration a few months later. Next year, like clockwork, the cycle will begin anew.

How To Use Leftover Matzo Meal

It’s time to stop wasting a potentially serviceable staple! This is more a reminder for myself, but if you’re in a similar situation, these are my best suggestions for using up matzo meal, beyond the predictable matzo ball soup.

  • Add it to plant-based meatballs, meat loaves, or burger patties for bulk, texture, and binding power.
  • Mix in herbs and spices to act as a seasoned breading for fried tofu or cauliflower.
  • Sweeten with granulated sugar and drizzle in melted vegan butter until it holds together when pressed; transfer to a springform pan and bake into a crust for cheesecake.
  • Create a pesadik version of cream of wheat by simmering 1 part matzo meal with 2 parts water for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Serve hot with maple syrup and cinnamon.
  • Toast in a dry skillet and use instead of pine nuts in pesto.

How To Make Matzo Meal

Save yourself from the dilemma of excess in the first place by making your own matzo meal from scratch, yielding just enough for its intended purpose.

  1. One sheet of matzo will create roughly 1/4 cup of matzo meal.
  2. Break up as many sheets as you need into smaller pieces and place them in your food processor with the “S” blade installed.
  3. Pulse until finely ground to about the consistency of coarse almond meal.
  4. Store in an airtight container in a cool place until ready to use.

With a little bit of creativity and craftiness, anything can be delicious. You could be a matzo lover or hater and still enjoy any of these alternate uses that give it a whole new life beyond the seder plate!

7 thoughts on “Mucho Matzo

  1. As I’m no Jewish, I’ve never had this problem but I do confess that I too often have things that sit around until they’re not edible anymore, at which time I castigate myself for the waste. :-(

    On a different note, I made some Norwegian crisp bread yesterday for the first time because I love the ones they sell at Aldi. These didn’t turn out exactly the same and I’ll make them crispier next time, but we both really like them, so that’s a win. AND they’re good for you. :-)

  2. You are so right! There is something about their packaging of matzo that really needs to get changed so it can be sealed shut. So how often does one open a box and eat the entire thing- rarely- right? All great ideas for using up all those sheets of matzo crackers.

    1. I think you’re on to something here! You could totally market individually wrapped/single serving matzo sheets. There’s clearly a market for it! ;)

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on using leftover matzo meal. I totally agree with you that matzo can be a bit of an acquired taste, and it’s not always easy to know what to do with the excess matzo meal. Your suggestions for using it in plant-based meatballs and as a seasoned breading for fried tofu or cauliflower sound delicious, and I love the idea of using it to create a pesadik version of cream of wheat. Thanks for the great tips!

    1. I’m so glad that helped inspire you, and it’s also reassuring that I’m not alone in this struggle!

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