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The Lion's Tale

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A day of matzo meals

Sadaf Zadeh

Many people dread Pesach time, when their beloved chametz (leaven) is replaced with dry, brittle matzo. However, if presented well, matzo does not need to be a detested food. Here are my suggestions for a few creative matzo combinations that will adequately quench your chametz cravings. 

Matzo Avocado Toast: 

A tasty replacement for a popular breakfast dish, avocado on matzo is a great way to start your morning. First, begin by mashing your avocado in a bowl until it reaches the consistency that you desire. Then squeeze fresh lemon juice and add salt, pepper and garlic powder. Next, lay out your slice of matzo and spread the avocado mash on top, being careful not to break the matzo. Sprinkle any extra toppings or seasonings of your liking, and for extra flavor and texture, add a sunny-side-up egg on top.

“The New York Bagel”:

Bagels are one of the most difficult breakfasts to give up on Pesach, however, the toppings can easily be replicated on matzo. Start with a piece of matzo and then spread on your favorite type of cream cheese (my personal favorite is whipped cream cheese). After that, the possibilities are endless. You can add lox, capers, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers or anything else that will give you the same satisfaction as your favorite bagel. 

Nut Butter and Jelly: 

For picky eaters who miss their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, never fear: it can be recreated on matzo For people who don’t eat kitniyot (legumes) and therefore can’t have peanut butter, there are numerous kosher for Passover nut butters that can be used instead, such as almond or cashew butter. This meal is so simple and only requires spreading your matzo with your desired nut butter and jelly, which you can likely find at your local Kosher grocery store. 

Matzo Pizza with a Twist:

When people think of food on Pesach, one of the first things that comes to mind is matzo pizza. However, having matzo pizza every day can get quite boring, so here are two ways to spice up this classic dish. First, while your matzah pizza is baking in the oven, mix together honey and red chili flakes for the perfect hot honey. When the pizza comes out of the oven, drizzle the sauce on top to add a nice kick to the standard flavor. Second, for those who don’t like tomato sauce or get tired of eating it every day, replace it with ricotta cheese and top it with the homemade honey, making for a spicy white pizza. 

Matzah Crack:

Matzah doesn’t need to just be used for savory foods — there are endless sweet options too. This sweet snack requires very few ingredients and steps and will have you wanting to make more. Begin by placing matzah on a tray and preheating the oven to around 350°F. Then mix unsalted butter and brown sugar in a saucepan until it comes to a boil, stirring for about two more minutes until the toffee is silky and smooth. Feel free to add vanilla extract. Then pour the toffee mixture over the matzah and bake until the toffee has a cracked texture on top. Next, sprinkle chocolate chips and salt on top and bake for a few more minutes. When it looks ready to come out of the oven, refrigerate until it is hard and then enjoy. 

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Sophie Schwartz
Sophie Schwartz, Opinion Editor
Sophie is excited to continue her work on the Lion’s Tale this year as an opinion editor. She is looking forward to helping the new staff and designing creative spreads. Outside of Lion’s Tale, Sophie plays on the JDS Girls Tennis team, is a team leader for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and participates in the STARS program and the AJC teen initiative. In addition, she loves playing with her dog, cooking, going to the beach, and hanging out with her family and friends. She can’t wait to work with her co-editor to produce an amazing opinion section.  
Sadaf Zadeh
Sadaf Zadeh, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Sadaf is thrilled to continue her work on the Lion’s Tale as an Arts and Entertainment editor. She is eager to write and edit articles along with designing intriguing spreads. She can’t wait to share the latest on various medias and other creative activity. Outside of her work on the Lions Tale, Sadaf is a president of the Steminism club, is an active part of her team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and volunteers at the Sunflower Bakery. She looks forward to working alongside her peers to produce engaging content and have another amazing year on staff.  

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