Matzo Brei (rhymes with “fry”), literally fried matzo, is the most beloved of Passover week traditions, the centerpiece of a simple brunch or breakfast: softened matzo, usually with egg beaten into it, fried in hot fat.
At the Hesed Shaarei Tzion social welfare center in Odessa, Ukraine, elderly Jews gathered April 20 to compete in a Passover-themed cooking competition— an Iron Chef-type event with matzo as the main ingredient.
“Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking,” by Israeli-born chef Michael Solomonov and his partner, Steven Cook, took top honors at the 2016 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Tuesday night.
If you’re like me, you have so much matzo in the house that you’ll be snacking on the stuff for at least two weeks after Passover has ended. This year, I wanted to experiment a little bit and find a different way to enjoy the abundance of leftover unleavened bread. These fried balls of matzo are a take on Indian chickpea fritters and make a delicious snack or appetizer.