12 Creative Matzo Recipes for Passover

Jews everywhere are preparing for Passover, the eight days that commemorate the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in Ancient Egypt. Preparations include ridding the house of all chametz — any food or drink containing even a trace of wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelts — and anything that has been leavened or fermented. Out goes bread, cake, cookies, cereal, and most alcoholic beverages. In comes matzo, pronounced “Mat-zah.” This thin, unleavened bread symbolizes that which the Jews ate during their flight from Egypt. They left so suddenly, their bread didn’t have time to rise.

Matzo isn’t exactly a go-to ingredient of choice for gourmets. Many loathe the stuff, comparing it to tasteless cardboard, but some love matzo for its incredible versatility and undeniably satisfying crunch. You see, matzo makes a fantastic blank canvas for plenty of delicious dishes. All it takes is a little creativity.

Here are 13 of the most innovative and fun matzo recipes we’ve come across to make your Passover season a bit more flavorful.

Matzo Brei with Red Peppers, Olives, and Parsley

Your bubbe’s staple Passover breakfast turned quiche. (Recipe and photo: Mango & Tomato)

Matzo Brei with Red Peppers, Olives, and Parsley

Matzo Brei Cupcakes

Make a matzo cup, fill with matzo brei, and top with jam. (Recipe and photo: Cupcake Project)

Matzo Brei Cupcakes

Matzo Granola

Add some kosher for Passover crunch to your morning yogurt. (Recipe and photo: Young Idealistic Baker)

Matzo Granola

Dilled Matzo Ball Soup

A little dill adds a boost of refreshing green to your soup. (Recipe and photo: The View from Great Island featured on NoshOn.It)

Dilled Matzo Ball Soup

Lemon Saffron Matzo Ball Soup

Spice up the classic dish with saffron, cayenne, and lemon. (Recipe and photo: Little Ferraro Kitchen)

Lemon Saffron Matzo Ball Soup

Skinny Passover Matzo Pizza

Sauce + cheese = pizza, no matter what it’s layered on. (Recipe and photo: Skinny Taste)

Skinny Passover Matzo Pizza

Grilled Matzo Brisket Wraps

Some clever troubleshooting makes sandwiches (and wraps) kosher. (Recipe and photo: Panini Happy on The Shiksa in the Kitchen)

Grilled Matzo Brisket Wraps

Matzo Lasagna (Two Ways)

No pasta? No problem. (Recipe and photo: Matkonation)

Matzo Lasagna (Two Ways)

Deep Fried Matzo Balls with Wasabi Cream Sauce

Matzo balls aren’t just for soup. Try some with a dipping sauce. (Recipe and photo: What Jew Wanna Eat)

Deep Fried Matzo Balls with Wasabi Cream Sauce

Matzo and Herbed Stuffed Tomatoes for Passover

Who needs bread stuffing, when you’ve got this crunchy filling? (Recipe and photo: Little Ferraro Kitchen)

Matzo and Herbed Stuffed Tomatoes for Passover

Dark Chocolate-Toffee Matzo Bark with Pistachios, Almonds, and Cranberries

Classic, elegant, and beautiful. Everything you need for dessert. (Recipe and photo: Get Off Your Tush and Cook)

Dark Chocolate-Toffee Matzo Bark with Pistachios, Almonds, and Cranberries

Passover S’Mores with Kosher Marshmallows

All the colors of spring, and totally delicious. (Recipe and photo: 1 Fine Cookie)

Passover S’Mores with Kosher Marshmallows

Coconut Rocky-Road Matzo

If matzo and candy bars got together… (Recipe and photo: gluten free canteen)

Coconut Rocky-Road Matzo