Savory Matzo Brei
Asparagus, Smoked Salmon, Onion, Fennel
Sour Cream and Fresh Dill
We eat matzo (unleavened bread) on Passover to remind us of our ancestors’ Exodus from Egypt. Leaving in such a haste, they could not wait for bread to rise. Additionally, matzo is the “bread of affliction” – the food of slavery, it reminds us to be humble and to appreciate our freedoms.
Jett is 10 years old. The morning after our Seder for the first night of Passover, he had Matzo Brei for breakfast. Matzo, butter, eggs with a pinch of salt…and sugar! My cute nephew proclaimed it to be “awesome.” I simply sautéed the water-softened matzo in butter, then added eggs and scrambled it together. I served him the sugar on the side, so he could sprinkle his Matzo Brei with just the right amount. Turns out he likes it pretty sweet, no surprise.
This had me thinking about an adult version of Matzo Brei, a savory rendition celebrating springtime. No vegetable screams spring more than asparagus, and paired with smoked salmon, onion, fennel, dill, and sour cream – the adult version turned out “awesome” as well!
Matzo Brei Recipe
- olive oil or butter
- 1/2 small onion, sliced
- 1/2 small fennel bulb, sliced
- 10 thin asparagus, cooked al dente, cut into thirds
- 1 matzo cracker, broken into pieces
- 4 eggs, blended, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 4 oz. smoked salmon, cut into bite-sized pieces
- fresh dill
- sour cream
- salt and pepper
Sauté onion and fennel in a non-stick pan with a bit of olive oil or butter until browned. Set aside. Wipe out pan.
Soak matzo in hot water for 30 seconds then drain. Add olive oil or butter to the non-stick pan and sauté matzo until the edges get crispy. Add onion, fennel, and asparagus (tips reserved) to the pan and heat through. Season lightly with salt and pepper (remember salmon will add saltiness).
Add eggs and scramble gently. When eggs are half-way cooked, add salmon, asparagus tips, and a sprinkling of fresh dill. Continue to scramble gently taking care not to overcook the egg.
Garnish with sour cream and fresh dill sprig.
This Matzo Brei recipe makes 2 main courses or 4 side dishes.
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