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Matzo Brei and Variations (D/P/M, KLP, TNT)
Source: Self
Serves: 1

2 whole matzos
2 medium to large eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. butter or margarine

Soak matzos in warm water for 3 minutes, until soft, then squeeze out the water in a sieve.

Scramble eggs with 1/4 tsp. salt.

Break up the matzos into bite-sized pieces and mix in the egg mixture.

Melt 1 tbsp. butter or margarine in a small frying pan. When the butter is hot, add the matzo brei mix and pat it down hard.

When the pancake is browned on the underneath side, turn it over onto a large plate, then slide the pancake back into the pan to cook again until the second side is well browned. (If serving more than one person, try to prepare each matzo brei in a separate pan, as it keeps the pancake from being too thick and remaining wet on the inside. For two people, you can use a larger frying pan and slice the pancake in half when serving.)

Slip onto a serving plate and serve with one of the following toppings:
Pureed canned or fresh fruit. Drain liquids from canned fruits before pureeing.
Canned applesauce
Flavored yogurts of your choice
Sugar and cinnamon
Fruit preserves of your choice

Onion Matzo Brei
Chop 1 small onion per person, or 1 medium onion for 2 to 3 people. Brown in butter or margarine until soft and sweet. Add cooked onions to the matzo brei mixture above before cooking. Mix well and continue cooking as above.

Mushroom-Onion Matzo Brei:
Slice mushrooms (quantity to your liking) and add to the onions in the previous variation. Cook mushrooms and onions together until soft and slightly caramelized, then add to the matzo brei mixture and continue as above.

Salami and Onion Matzo Brei:
Chop your favorite salami into small pieces, approximately 1/2 cup per person. Also chop 1 small onion per person. Brown both together in margarine (not butter, as you are making meat in this variation). Drain the cooked onions and salami on paper towels to absorb the excess fat. Pat dry. Now add the browned mixture to the uncooked matzo brei mixture in the basic recipe. Melt 1 tbsp. margarine in a small pan and cook according to instructions in basic recipe.

Hot Dog Matzo Brei:
Slice your favorite hot dogs into bite-sized pieces. Allow 2 hot dogs per person. Brown in margarine with one small chopped onion per person until well browned. Drain on paper towels to remove excess fat. Add browned mixture to the uncooked matzo brei mixture in the basic recipe. Melt 1 tbsp. margarine in a small pan, and cook according to the instructions in the basic recipe.

Apple Matzo Brei:
Especially great for people with a sweet tooth! Peel 1 apple per person, slice the apple, and cut into bite-sized chunks. Add 1 tbsp. butter into frying pan and sauté the apple pieces until they begin to caramelize. When soft, add them to the basic matzo brei mixture above and cook as per basic instructions.

Southwestern Matzo Brei:
For each person, chop 1 medium green onion, 1/2 small green hot pepper, 1 small tomato, 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro (coriander). Brown in 1 tbsp. butter and add to basic matzo brei mixture above. Cook as per basic instructions.

Cheese Matzo Brei:
Shredded cheese can be added to any matzo brei mixture which does not have meat. It is especially good in the Southwestern matzo brei or the onion matzo brei.

Banana Matzo Brei:
For each person, slice 1 ripe banana. Brown it in 1 tbsp. butter until well cooked and soft. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon. If your guests don't have a sugar problem, you can drizzle 1 tbsp. of honey onto the cooked bananas. Mix well and add to the basic matzo brei mixture above. Cook as per basic instructions.

Poster's Notes:
Matzo brei can be boring or exciting, depending on how much thought you want to put into the preparation. My basic matzo brei recipe always begins with the same proportions--and then the exciting touches can be added to suit your taste buds.

Posted by Barbara Diamond

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A