"I don't get matzo brei," I recently admitted to a co-worker. "Is it skillet eggs? When do you eat it?" She likened it to scrambled eggs with texture, and explained that it's ideal for breakfast, either sweet, with juicy fruit or jam, or salty, with fresh herbs and vegetables. Now that I have a better sense of the dish, this weekend, I'm going to use matzo crackers to make two versions of matzo brei: one sweet, with Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, and preserves, and one savory, that's scrambled with bell peppers, onions, and dill. Which appeals more? Decide when you keep reading.
5 matzos, broken into 2-inch pieces
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Fruit preserves, creme fraiche, honey, or maple syrup, for serving (optional)
- Place matzos in a bowl, and cover with water. Place a plate on surface to keep matzos submerged. Let stand for 5 minutes, and drain. Return to bowl.
- Whisk eggs and salt together in a small bowl. Add to matzo. Add sugar, apple, raisins, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup oil. Gently stir until combined.
- Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spread matzo mixture evenly in skillet, pressing firmly into pan. Cook, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Carefully flip with a spatula, 1 piece at a time. (The mixture will break into 3 or 4 pieces.) Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Spoon onto serving plates. Serve hot or warm with toppings if desired.
6 (6-inch) unsalted matzos
6 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 medium onions, halved lengthwise, then cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide strips
2 red bell peppers, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide strips
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Break matzos into roughly 1-inch pieces into a colander, then rinse under hot tap water until pieces are softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
- Lightly beat eggs with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon dill in a large bowl and stir in matzos until coated well.
- Cook onions and peppers in oil in a 12-inch heavy nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add matzo mixture, then increase heat to moderately high and sauté, stirring frequently and breaking up clumps, until matzos are well browned, about 17 minutes. Season with salt, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tablespoon dill.
Serves 4 as a main dish or 8 as a side dish.