I still have a few friends who do not know how to make their own Matzo Brei, even if they are Jewish. So to help them out I've created this simple 16-step (four beyond 12-steps) tutorial to make this simple dish. Personally, I never make it except during Passover but there is no reason not to make it at any other time.
What you need is some fat - butter, chicken fat, olive oil...even the current predilection for coconut oil would be fine...whatever you like; 2 eggs, 2 pieces of plain matzo, (I suppose you could make this with the flavored onion or poppy matzos too, but I've noticed that they aren't de rigeur for Passover, whatever, let's stick with the simple) salt, water. When it comes to condiments you will have to determine whether you want a sweet or savory Matzo Brei. Suggestions follow.
Don't be fooled here that because the first letter of Matzo Brei is the same as Mario Batali; there is no connection. And, no Franne, it's not a Matzo Bra.
So, if you like your ingredient list vertical, here it is:
1 tablespoon fat : butter
The instructions are given here step-by-step under each picture:
|You need a bowl, 2 eggs, 2 pieces of matzo, butter.|
|Break up the matzo into small pieces and put into the bowl.|
|Add water and soak the matzo briefly to soften slightly. |
You can also use milk if you like.
|Squeeze out the liquid.|
|Add the 2 eggs.|
Mix the eggs and the matzo together.
Add some salt.
|Warm a small non-stick frying pan (I use Circulon) and add the butter.|
|Let the butter melt. I went a little too far for some...I prefer brown butter.|
|Add the matzo egg mixture.|
|Cook over a low flame.|
|When it looks like this on one side, turn it over. |
Be brave and use a flipping motion, or a spatula if you must.
|When it's browned on both sides and cooked in the middle turn it on to a plate.|
Don't worry, you'll know when it's done. Don't raise the flame.
|Here are some options for toppings: honey, salt, jam, powdered sugar, cinnamon, lox...|
I recommend you choose just one.
|Here it is with a sampling of each.|
|I chose the blueberry jam.|
That's it: Matzo Brei. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Enjoy!