Matzoh Tartines for Passover

April 15, 2014

As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today: A week of lunches different than all lunches. 

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I love matzoh. I am the person who buys it the second it's on the shelves at the market, and who hoards it the rest of the year. I could eat it plain, torn into crumbly shards, straight from the box. Give me some soft butter and some flaky salt and you will hear me talk for hours about how good it feels to eat it again, how much I've missed it, and why oh why can't I have snacks like this all year long.

So when people get skeptical about the lunches that Passover calls for -- the bread-less, cookie-less, mostly grain-less lunches -- I don't feel bad for them. Because eating matzoh for lunch -- especially with good stuff on it -- is a celebration unto itself. It's an excuse to eat something different, without needing to make any rogue or troubling decisions to do so. And even if you don't love matzoh the way that I do -- or even if you don't need to eat matzoh, for religious reasons -- I'm guessing you'll still enjoy these. Let's make this a week of lunches different from all other lunches.

Here are my ideas for matzoh toppings, all week long.

Almond butter and honey. Peanut butter and tahini are off limits, but almond butter is fair game. Spread it on there thick, drizzle with honey, and top with flaky salt.

Cream cheese and jelly (or jam). Am I the only one who ate cream cheese and jelly sandwiches growing up? The combination is good. It's even better on matzoh. Make sure to pack them separately, though; if you spread them on the matzoh before work, it will get soggy.

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers. It doesn't get more Jew than this.

Avocado and spices. It's like avocado toast, but on a giant cracker instead. Sprinkle salt and spices on there -- I'm a fan of red pepper flakes, myself -- and go to town. 

What are your favorite things to put on matzoh? Let us know in the comments! 

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Brette Warshaw

Written by: Brette Warshaw

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BurgeoningBaker April 21, 2014
Nope I ate cream cheese and jelly sandwiches.
Michelle @. April 20, 2014
Matzah and butter is one of the best things on earth. I'm not allowed to buy matzah anymore because I will just eat matzah and butter for breakfast, lunch and dinner for days on end.
LisaBrooklyn April 18, 2014
Unless you're topping it with something sweet, rub the cut side of a halved garlic clove on your matzoh before topping it. Yum!
JulieBakes April 16, 2014
Oh, and I forgot, my favorite as a kid: Cinnamon "toast" matzah - soft butter spread onto matzah, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar! Now I need to make that....
JulieBakes April 16, 2014
Melted american cheese; cream cheese and jelly; almond butter (my newest addition to the rotation); cream cheese and lox; and with my mom's awesome dill chicken salad.
Chagit April 16, 2014
peanut butter is not kosher for ashkenazic jews. that hasn't changed, ever. great ideas. also, chocolate spread! cream cheese with chives, cucumbers, and thinly sliced radishes. yum. almond butter and chocolate spread too! so many options and only a week!
JulieBakes April 16, 2014
Agreed, peanut butter is not kosher for Ashkenazi Jews, it's a legume, in the same family as beans and soy.
Ari D. April 15, 2014
Jan M. April 15, 2014
These sound yummy, thanks
Just one comment, when you are describing the smoked salmon version, did you mean to write "Jewish" instead of "Jew"? It sounds a little too harsh to use this description as you wrote it.
Thanks, I love your blog and make many of your recipes.
meraviglia April 15, 2014
Salted butter and honey!
sonickel April 15, 2014
Actually, I've heard the decision has been changed about peanut butter! It is now kosher for passover. But then again, I always ate peanut butter and matzah as a kid…and I'm thankful for this post.
bakewithamy April 15, 2014
my son ate matzah and smoked salmon for breakfast this morning (without the cream cheese) and I'm looking forward to avocado 'toast'
zahavah April 15, 2014
Smoked salmon is my fave. If you can find decent tomatoes, add them to the mix too!
ATG117 April 15, 2014
How does one love matzoh? I think the stuff is vile unless it's doused in sauce and cheese (matzoh pizza) or made into faux french toast (matzoh brie).
amysarah April 15, 2014
While I'm not quite as enamored with matzoh as Brette, I have to protest matzoh brei as faux French toast! When done well, it's a delicious treat unto itself (and I'm intrigued by the idea of Brie on matzoh, created by that one inverted letter ;)
Sarah J. April 15, 2014
You are a Passover angel.