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Savory Matzo Brei

Mushrooms and fresh herbs have been added to this traditional breakfast treat, making it a satisfying addition to the Passover menu.

  • Yield: Makes 28 pancakes
Savory Matzo Brei

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1995


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted margarine
  • 2 large onions (about 1 1/4 pounds), finely chopped
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, chopped medium-fine
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 large eggs
  • 8 plain matzos


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Put a kettle of water (about 3 1/2 quarts) on high heat to boil. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon margarine in a 12-inch skillet on low heat. Add onions, and saute over medium-high heat until soft and golden brown, stirring frequently to prevent burning, about 15 minutes. Add mushrooms, and continue cooking until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add rosemary, thyme, parsley, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool slightly.

  2. Break eggs into a large bowl, and beat lightly. Add mushroom mixture, stirring well to combine.

  3. Make batter: Break matzos into 1 1/2- to 2-inch pieces directly into a colander, and pour the boiling water over them. Let matzo stand until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes, and add to the mushroom-egg mixture, adjusting the seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  4. Melt remaining tablespoon margarine in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into pan to form a 3-inch pancake, lightly pressing with a spatula to make pancake even. Repeat, cooking 3 pancakes per batch. Cook pancakes until nicely browned, about 2 minutes. Turn and cook the other side about 2 minutes more. Transfer to oven to keep warm and repeat process until all the batter is used up, making about 28 pancakes. Serve immediately.

Reviews (2)

  • IrmaSM 3 Apr, 2012

    I have been making this recipe for Passover ever since it 1st appeared in the MS mag in '95. I always double the recipe as my daughters & guests take some home and we need some for lunch during the week. They are easy to make and are absolutely delicious. Just as our dinner table would not be complete without a Seder Plate, neither would we be without these Matzah Brei Pancakes. Chag Semeach!

  • myla08 18 Jul, 2010

    I'd like to see a picture of this

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