With the holiday of Passover just around the corner, I wanted to share a few recipes that I remember from my childhood.
It was always tough not being able to take a sandwich to school for lunch, so my mom made us matzah meal rolls. They tasted OK and they were a great place to put the turkey and tomato. My uncle used these rolls for scrambled eggs and cheese at breakfast time and then tuna and egg salad at lunch time.
2 cups matzah meal
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
½ cup oil (make sure the oil is ok for Passover)
Mix the matzah meal, salt and sugar together to blend. In a saucepan, heat the water and oil until it boils. Pour the water and oil mixture into the bowl with the matzah meal mixture. Mix them together. Beat each egg, adding them in one at a time. Mix thoroughly. Allow mixture to stand about fifteen minutes.
Use a bit of oil to oil your hands before you make the “rolls.” Use the dough to make balls/rolls. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees about fifty minutes. The rolls should be golden brown on the outside. These will hold a few days sitting out, once made.
The other recipe I’d like to share with you is matzah meal pancakes. Even now as an adult, if I’m visiting my mom I ask her to please make these during one meal while I’m there. Of course as a mom myself, I do make these for my kids each year.
1 egg, beaten
½ cup water mixed with enough wine to equal ¾ cup
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
4 ½ ounces of matzah meal
Mix all ingredients together and then make your pancakes. As a child, I always put grape jelly on these. As an adult, I tend to use applesauce on top. My mom still makes them nice and crunchy on the edges. She does this by using real butter to fry them up. These pancakes are quite dense and thick. When you fry them, fry them over a low flame for a longer period of time so that they cook completely.
So many of my friends would spend the week of Passover complaining that they couldn’t eat bread. I actually loved that week knowing my mom was going to make so many of my favorites that I only got once per year.