O Come All Ye Gentiles!

The Jewish Holiday of Passover is coming up and many of you are seeing boxes of matzos piled somewhere in a more visible location than usual in your grocery store.

The truth is, matzos are sold year round in most stores and despite having only two ingredients they are as delicious as any plain crackers, made in a clean controlled environment by the guys who wash their hands and don’t masturbate on Saturdays (maybe not at all, but not on Saturdays for sure).

I wrote before how my Dad went to buy matzos at the only remaining synagogue in our city and we ate them for the rest of the year. Now that synagogue looks like this (photos taken from here):

Odessa Synagogue from the Front

Odessa Synagogue From the Back

There is no reason why you, my non-Jewish readers, should be deprived of matzos and tasty things you can make out of them. By the way, the alternate title of this post was “What would Jesus eat?”, because Jesus was Jewish, he celebrated Passover and ate matzos.

In this post you will learn how to make a matzo omelet, or matzo-brei or, as we call it, matzo-babka. For this recipe you will need 3-4 sheets of matzos, 2 eggs, pinch of salt and a small amount of butter.

Boil some water, you will need less than a cup. Break matzo in small pieces, it crumbles and breaks easily. Don’t try to pulverize it, just break it up.

Pour some hot water over it, just enough to soften up the matzo pieces so they are not crunchy. All the water should ideally soak in, so don’t pour too much, there shouldn’t be any standing water on the bottom of the bowl, toss the matzos until all the water is absorbed. Let it sit for a few minutes.
Mix up a couple of eggs with a fork.

Pour of the matzos and mix, add salt to taste.

Melt a tablespoon of butter in the skillet. Pour the mixture into the skillet, spread it out evenly and cover.

Cook on medium-low for 4-5 minutes. Now if you think you are the next Food Network star you can try to flip the whole thing, I just cut it in four pieces with a spatula and flip each piece individually.

Cook for another 3-4 minutes uncovered, for the first few times (and I know there will be many more) keep an eye on the babka to make sure it doesn’t burn.
You can serve it as savory dish, side dish or breakfast…

…but it also tastes great with honey, syrup and jelly.

There are multiple other recipes with onions, mushrooms and other additions, but just like the matzos are made only with flour and water, I don’t feel anything else is necessary here. It’s hard to improve on perfection.
Matzos can stay on your counter forever, or close to it. They might get a little stale but I guarantee you will eat the whole box before it ever happens. They are good in soups, or as a snack and in always popular with women matzo-babka.


  • Wow, Odessa has the same historic preservation ethos as Kansas City. Cool post. I have actually attended a Passover Seder… ate bitter herbs and such… and was better for it… I think.

  • They preserved another synagogue in the center, which during the Soviet years used to be a gym (which I attended). The synagogue you see here was out of the way and not very visible but it had the only matzo bakery in town – the only place to get it for the holidays.

  • Meesha, I have often wondered if you observe the Jewish holidays, and just how “religious” you are, if you’ll forgive that expression. I remember seeing Jack Benny, I think it was, saying he was Jewish but wasn’t above eating some pork. I believe I’ve seen you saying the same. I’d be glad to tell you just how “religious” I am, if you ever ask; and I’m curious to know how you stand on the subject of religion. I know you well enough that I am sure you will answer honestly.

  • Donna, I am not religious, don’t believe in God or any higher power,and I don’t observe any holidays beyond going to dinner at my Mom’s house. I am sure there are many people like me who grew up without it and now find it just too hard to believe. I also think I am missing out on some Jewish customs but all or most of them are about praising God and it doesn’t make any sense to me. I respect and almost never ridicule people who are religious until they start imposing their beliefs on me i.e. screwing with school curriculum and banning things.Knocking on my door with bible in hand also counts as annoyance.
    That said, I like the history, nostalgia,recipes, watch a lot of Jewish-related/Israeli movies,send my kid to Jewish camp,and know 3-4 Jewish jokes. :-)And I love pork, bacon, sausage and all the rest of non-kosher foods.

  • That’s pretty much what I figured, and I love the fact that you gave me an honest answer without pushing an agenda. So now, how about your mother? Are her beliefs any different than yours? I sure wish you’d have her do some guest posts on your blog; I think it would be very enlightening.

  • My Mom believes, goes to the synagogue few times a year and lights candles on Fridays (Jewish custom). Nothing strict though and pretty liberal with food. I don’t recall her ever writing a story or anything like that. My Dad did and even was published in a local paper several times.
    Also I don’t have any agenda to push, maybe I should get me some 🙂

  • I’m glad your mom believes. SHe doesn’t have to be a writer: Just take a few pictures of her assembling ingredients of a recipe. If she’s uncomfortable with her face being shown online, just show her hands. I think that would make an excellent blog entry. I’m off to bed now. Oh, and don’t you EVER get an agenda.
    Oh, and I’d love to see the things your dad wrote.
    Our parents make us what we are.

  • SKC Observer

    Wonderful, wonderful entry! I always thought that matzos were hugely underrated as a food stuff. For just a snack, they taste great with apple butter.

  • Eating like Jesus

    What would Jesus eat. Ha! You made my morning. Even without matzo-brei.

    Here’s my Jewish joke:

    How do we know that Jesus was a Jew?

    He lived with his parents until he was 30.
    He went into his father’s business.
    And his mother thought that he was God.

  • Ha!

  • I travel for JOOLS

    When I was a kid, the way I was told to make homemade paste was to mix flour and water.

    Course, we didn’t cook it. Although some ate it…lol

  • I’ve been lurking around your blog for a while now, thanks to Donna, and am really enjoying it.

    I just tried your recipe with slices of apple on the side. Delicious!!! I’m going to have to practice a bit, it was a little too thick. I might try it with apple inside it. OH, OH, OH….green onions and green peppers…cinnamon…….

    LOL….Looks like there is no limit on what you can do with this basic recipe. Thanks Meesha 🙂

  • Thanks, Tango. It does come out like a thick omelet. Being so plain-tasting there are a lot of possibilities, and … you have plenty of tries while you are finishing up the box 🙂

  • See, I LOVE this about blogging. Somebody I like meets somebody else I enjoy, and they get along just fine.
    ::hearing strains of “What a Wonderful World” playing in the background::