This year, Passover begins the evening of Wednesday, April 8 and ends evening of Thursday, April 16. For people of the Jewish faith, this is a time of religious significance.
Chabad.org explains the importance of matzo (also called matzah, matzoh and matza) this way: “When our forefathers left Egypt, they were in such a hurry that there was no time to wait for the dough to rise. They therefore ate matzah, unleavened bread.” Eating matzah is one way to remember that event and celebrate Jewish heritage.
These recipes use matzo in kid-friendly dishes like matzo granola and matzo grilled cheese. Finish your meal off with matzo s’mores or chocolate caramel matzo.
Start your day with breakfast by making up this matzo granola from Martha Stewart. The recipe is easy to make – simply toss together crushed matzo, nuts, safflower oil, brown sugar, honey and salt. Bake. Stir in dried fruit. Serve to smiling kiddos.
You can use matzo in place of bread to make matzo grilled cheese with this recipe from Yum Sugar. Brush butter on the matzo and place cheddar cheese in between pieces before putting the entire sandwich into a panini press.
Turn matzo into flatbread to make up these matzah pizzas from What Jew Wanna Eat. For each “pizza” add tomato sauce, cheese and toppings like olives. Cook at 350 degrees for ten minutes for a quick snack or a light meal for hungry youngsters.
Layer matzo pieces instead of pasta sheets to make this matzo lasagna from Albion Cooks. Use marinara, ricotta cheese, spinach, and a combination of Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses to complete the dish.
Break out the marshmallows! Here’s a fun way to craft matzo into something marvelous for your kids. These matzo s’mores from Serious Eats are prepared more like brownies than your campfire variety. But they capture all the flavor of this classic dessert.
These chocolate caramel matzo pieces from Zoe Bakes taste more like some kind of toffee candy. Matzos are layered on a cookie sheet then draped with homemade caramel followed by chocolate. Add your favorite toppings like coconut, pecans or even sprinkles.
This post was originally published in 2014 and is updated regularly.