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Behind the Scenes: Making Matzo at the Manischewitz Factory

Matzo production happens year-round at the 125-year-old Manischewitz factory in Newark, New Jersey, but goes into overdrive in anticipation of Passover. Most of this matzo for Passover is made months before, in the fall, when the factory goes through up to 50,000 pounds of kosher flour each day. Manischewitz let us peek the matzo-making process, which starts as a big dough ball. More

Matzo Showdown: Manischewitz vs. Yehuda vs. Streit's

There is a certain comfort to be taken in the absolute blandness of matzo—kosher for Passover matzo is made with only water and wheat flour, with not even a grain of salt to add a hint of flavor. (Many consider matzo to be nothing more than an excuse to eat butter). But we all agree that matzo should not be entirely flavorless. Aside from the slight sweetness of the wheat itself, the best matzos carry a bit of char and smokiness. Here's how three major nationally available brands stack up against each other. More

Matzo Toffee With Almonds

The trick to making matzo toffee impossible to put down is simple: generous sprinkling of fleur de sel. The salt combined with the bittersweet chocolate and butter pretty much spells doom for everyone who comes in contact with it. If you make this for your guests on Passover, I guarantee glee and gratitude all around. More

Passover Candy: Manischewitz Pâte de Fruits and Matzo Crunch

At the end of a large and lengthy Seder meal, the last thing most people want is a slice of leaden flourless cake or a sticky macaroon. This year, in lieu of more traditional baked desserts, try serving Passover candy. The first is a quirky twist on French pâte de fruits using Manischewitz wine. The second is my version of cookbook author Marcy Goldman's famous Caramel Matzoh Crunch, gussied up with coconut and almonds. People refer to it as matzo crack, rightfully so. More

Matzo Brei With Pear And Dried Sour Cherries

I like to think of matzo as a blank canvas; it can do pretty much anything you want it to. Here, it becomes a sweet and utterly delicious matzo brei with pears and dried sour cherries. You get a bite of sweet with a touch of sour—I wind up making matzo brei most of the days and I never tire of it. More

Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

This might be my favorite part of the Seder—until we get to dessert that is. In this version, matzo balls are not heavy and doughy, but light, fluffy, and seasoned. The key is making them with seltzer and giving the batter a good rest before shaping and cooking—it makes all the difference. What are your matzo ball tricks? More

Simple Matzo Meal Latkes

With Passover coming up, we wanted to know what Arthur Schwartz (author of Jewish Home Cooking and many other wonderful cookbooks) likes to do with a box of Matzo Meal. He shared this recipe, a humble one, he says, that rarely appears in cookbooks. Whenever matzo meal latke recipes are published, they're gussied up in some way—apples are added, sugar and spice is added, grated lemon peel. You get the picture. But these are simple. More

Blue Ribbon's Excellent Matzo Ball Soup

Is Blue Ribbon's matzo ball soup better than either of my grandmother's? I'd rather not say. What I will say is that it lived up to the title of "excellent"—the stock was beautifully flavored, and the matzo balls were the ideal weight and density and tasted of chicken fat in the best possibly way. More

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