Yes, Passover is over. And yes, we are all tired of hearing about it, even though this Passover we all learned a valuable lesson in appreciating matzoh, both in its caramel and chocolate covered form and in its fried with egg form.
But, I have two more dishes I just must write about, and who knows, maybe they’ll be helpful, if only for your leftovers. One is the very delicious and very obvious/easy matzoh pizza. One is the less delicious, completely unobvious, and definitely avoidable matzoh meal pasta that I made Saturday night when I was feeling both sorry for myself and in need of carbohydrate.
Let’s start with the good, before we get to the bad (not to mention ugly):
My Favorite White Pie Matzoh Pizza:
This is a classic, developed in the dorm dining hall under duress, and surprisingly all the more satisfying for it. I favor the white pie in my matzoh pizza making, as I think tomato sauce can make the matzoh go a little soggy. This one is just 1/4 red onion sliced thin with a good hunk of Swiss cheese grated over, all put in the toaster oven for about five minutes. Oh, and it’s whole-wheat matzoh! Who knew? Anyway, hardly a recipe, but just a reminder that you can basically throw anything onto matzoh with some cheese melted on top and everything will turn out okay.
And now, in the much more elaborate, much less okay front…
Matzoh Meal Pasta! Barely palatable!
Palatable is about all I have to say for this matzoh meal pasta. I got the recipe from an otherwise amazing issue of Gourmet, and I’m just going to give you this link to it instead of bothering to write it out. I wouldn’t wish replicating it on my worst enemy, at least until next Passover roles around. It is…not bad…but very, very strange, as you would expect when making pasta out of matzoh meal instead of flour. You can really taste all the matzoh-y grainy bits that go into this dough, plus it expands enormously in water, making for a real clunker of a noodle.
Gourmet says using matzoh cake meal should make it light and fluffy…and it just occurs to me actually as I write this that I think I was using the wrong matzoh product, since I was using matzoh meal, not matzoh cake meal. Yikes. I guess this post is going to have to be labeled “debacle.”
I suppose we may yet meet again next year, matzoh meal pasta. Excuse me, matzoh cake meal pasta. But until then, it’s regular pasta, and bread, and all those other good things for another year. Although I may make an exception for matzoh crunch. Best stuff on earth! Stay tuned for more of my efforts to spread its gospel…