Passover is one of my favourite holidays. It’s a time when the family gets together for an amazing meal. We participate in a traditional Seder. We all sit around the table and read through the Haggadah (the prayer book) with some guidance from the leader (and usually the only person at the dinner who can read Hebrew). We all take a turn reading a paragraph or page, and eat specific Passover foods in a specific order, in a specific way. These include a hardboiled egg in salt water, celery in saltwater, pickles, a matzo sandwich with salt in the middle, gefilte fish, and matzo ball soup. (I know you are probably thinking that some of these don’t sound too appetizing but I assure you, they are delicious!)
During this holiday people of the Jewish faith are not supposed to eat anything leavened which, in laymen’s terms, means anything that would make something rise. So, that means pasta, bread, rice, cakes, and anything else that is made with flour or yeast. There are kosher for Passover versions of all of these foods where the ingredient that is not kosher would be replaced with matzo meal.
I am not religious, nor was I raised in a religious home, so I am not an authority on the holiday of Passover, nor do I know every specific detail about the holiday. But, one thing I do know is the most delicious dish that I look forward to the most at this time of year: Matzo Meal Latkes!
You might be familiar with the popular potato latkes that are a staple for Hanukkah. But matzo meal latkes are the Passover alternative and absolutely delicious. The best way to eat them (in my opinion) is plain with sugar sprinkled on top. What other main courses can you put sugar on top of?! You can also eat them with applesauce on top.
Every year my mom and dad
Matzo Meal Latkes
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup 2 tbsp matzo meal
- 1/2 cup oil
- Mix together the eggs, water, salt and matzo meal. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet. Drop a tablespoon of the latke mixture into the oil and fry on both sides until they are golden brown.