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14 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Use Matzo

From mains to sides to desserts and even breakfast, mighty matzo can do it all.
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It’s just not Passover without thin, crispy matzo—and the inevitable question: what to do with the leftovers? While matzo ball soup is always a comforting option, the airy squares are great in all kinds of sweet and savory dishes. From appetizers to desserts, breakfast to dinner, here are all the ways to use matzo this holiday.

Spring Matzo Ball Soup

Peak-season veggies and fresh herbs add layers of flavor and nutrients to this springy take on matzo ball soup. Seltzer gives extra lift to the pillowy dumplings in store-bought chicken bone broth.

Get the recipe: Spring Matzo Ball Soup

Passover Popovers

These fluffy popovers are made with matzo meal to be the perfect Passover side. Serve them with your favorite herbed spread or alongside a main with plenty of sauce.

Get the recipe: Passover Popovers

Baked Matzo Meatballs

The traditional breadcrumbs found in meatballs are a no-go during Passover (because they’re made with leavened bread), so this recipe swaps in matzo meal. These light and juicy meatballs are baked in the oven along with roasted grape tomatoes, perfect for pairing with plant-powered zoodles or any Passover-friendly pasta.

Get the recipe: Baked Matzo Meatballs

Asparagus with Herb Vinaigrette and Matzo

Tender asparagus is a springtime veggie not to be missed. We added a sprinkle of crunch from crushed matzo and a lemony zing from honey-Dijon vinaigrette for a goes-with-anything side dish.

Get the recipe: Asparagus with Herb Vinaigrette and Matzo

Smoked Trout on Matzo with Red Onion Relish

This elegant appetizer preps in five minutes without turning on the stove. Homemade red onion relish and fresh dill add a pop of flavor and color to flaky smoked trout served on the crispy squares.

Get the recipe: Smoked Trout on Matzo with Red Onion Relish

Matzo Quiche with Carrots and Greens

Whether you’re hosting brunch for holiday visitors or just looking for an easy, plant-powered lunch or dinner, this quiche is the answer. Kale and carrots bulk up the nutrient content of this savory, eggy pie baked on a Passover-friendly crust that’s delicious served at any temperature.

Get the recipe: Matzo Quiche with Carrots and Greens

Apple Berry Tart with Cinnamon Walnut Crust

This baked beauty bursting with fruit flavor makes an elegant ending for any Passover meal. A layer of thinly sliced apple adds a sweet, decorative touch to a tangy-sweet berry tart with a crunchy, walnut-matzo crust.

Get the recipe: Apple Berry Tart with Cinnamon Walnut Crust

Passover Sponge Cake with Whipped Topping and Berries

Fresh berries and sponge cake are a never-fail dessert duo. This light and airy bake, topped with a layer of nondairy topping, gets its fluffy texture from matzo cake meal and potato starch.

Get the recipe: Passover Sponge Cake with Whipped Topping and Berries

Loaded Matzo Toffee

Homemade toffee is surprisingly simple to make and impossible to resist, especially when it’s on top of crunchy matzo. This loaded candy bark gets even more sweetness and crunch from dried fruit, nuts, and a double chocolate drizzle.

Get the recipe: Loaded Matzo Toffee

Apple, Walnut, and Date Salad with Matzo

We gave charoset, the traditional Passover side made with apples and walnuts, a fresh, new spin in this unexpected salad. Shards of matzo work in place of croutons tossed with crisp greens, apples, dates, and walnuts in a cinnamon-spiked vinaigrette.

Get the recipe: Apple, Walnut, and Date Salad with Matzo

Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Onion Kugel

One smart ingredient swap makes this lighter take on kugel perfect for anyone watching their carbs. Honey-roasted cauliflower stands in for egg noodles in this savory side with onions and fresh herbs.

Get the recipe: Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Onion Kugel

Mini Latkes and Toppings Bar

This interactive approach to appetizer hour will put everyone in party mode. A DIY mini latke and toppings bar will be the social hub of your Seder.

Get the recipe: Mini Latkes and Toppings Bar

Matzo Veggie Lasagna

Matzo sheets sub for noodles in this vegetarian Passover lasagna recipe brimming with spinach, bell peppers, and three kinds of cheese.

Get the recipe: Matzo Veggie Lasagna

Matzo Brei with Herbs

Delicious day or night, this simple dish of scrambled eggs and matzo is as comforting as it is easy to prepare.

Get the recipe: Matzo Brei with Herbs

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