Making Matzah Pizza
I know, I know, it seems like we’re a little obsessed with Passover around here. It’s just that the holiday does last 8 days and when you’re observing it, it’s hard to ever think about anything else. Well, at least other food.
The funny thing is, at least in my case, the more restrictions I have on what I can eat, the more I think about eating. During these eight days, my body somehow convinces itself that it is ALWAYS hungry despite the excessive snacking and overly large meals to compensate for what’s missing. I’m usually not a snacker but during this holiday, that’s all I do.
But, I know I’m not alone when I say Passover would not be Passover if it weren’t for the life-saving staple of Matzah Pizza. If cheese and tomato sauce were restricted too, I don’t know what I’d do.
There are countless reasons to like Matzah Pizza. For one thing, it’s incredibly simple. As I’m sure you could guess, all you do is spread tomato or pizza sauce on a piece of matzah, sprinkle some cheese and put it in the microwave. It really doesn’t get much easier than that but just in case you need a visual:
I used shmura matzah, a handmade matzah that is usually circular and a little bit burnt. I like it better and it works great for matzah pizza. I also used mushroom slices here. It’s great to add extra ingredients like mushrooms or spinach or whatever you’d like to make it feel like a real pizza.
Next, you slip into the microwave for a meager 1 minute and slide it out as something gooey and delicious:
Doesn’t that look like a real pizza almost? The problem with these is that I eat too many. Since it’s not actual crust, it feels less substantial, and into the microwave more matzah pizzas go..
I think another reason matzah pizza is so popular is because it satisfies a craving for something we blatantly can’t eat on Passover: pizza! Sure it’s not quite the same, but it’s the next best thing.
And lastly, making matzah pizza can make you feel like a homemade pizza guru. If you can handle matzah pizza, why not real pizza? And that’s when you tell yourself you’re going to try to make real pizza after Passover is over. And I swear, I’ve been meaning to make this recipe for a long time now. We’ll see if it happens this year.
Anyway, enjoy the rest of Passover everyone. Just 3 more days!