10 Awesome Ways to Top Matzo

A variety of sweet matzo toppings, including chocolate, jam, and lemon curd
Matzo with sweet toppings, from chocolate to lemon curd. © Miri Rotkovitz

Lots of folks gripe about eating matzo throughout the entire eight day holiday of Passover, while others profess to love the stuff. Well, here's a news flash -- the people in the latter camp are probably just doing a better job in the topping department.

Let this collection open-faced matzo sammies inspire your own creative combos, and you may just find yourself craving the stuff year round.

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    Cream Cheese and Jam

    Cream Cheese and Jam on Matzo
    Cream Cheese and Jam on Matzo. © Miri Rotkovitz

    This combo is a total classic, and so easy. Sure, you could serve it on bread during the year, but there's something about the crunch of matzo under the soft, creamy cheese and sticky jam that makes the Passover version so much better. Definitely go with whipped cream cheese, though, to avoid matzo breakage.

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    Cashew Butter, Bananas, Honey, and Cinnamon

    Peanut butter is considered kitniyot, so many Ashkenazim eschew it during Pesach, but cashew butter is totally fine. Warm it a bit for enhanced spreadability, top with banana slices, sprinkle on the cinnamon, and drizzle it all with honey. Delish.

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    Herbed Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers

    Easy peasey, and great with wine. You can mix in your own herbs, or get a log of goat cheese that's already rolled in them. Make it even better brushing the matzo with extra virgin olive oil, seasoning with garlic, and warming it gently in the oven before topping with the cheese and peppers.

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    Smoked Salmon, Capers, and Lemon

    Cream cheese, though a yummy addition, is strictly optional here. Hey, sometimes you want a pareve matzo sandwich.

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    Butter, Radishes, Coarse Sea Salt

    As the estimable Joan Nathan relates in Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, French women keep the matzo factories running year round, crediting pain azyme as they do for helping them retain their svelte figures.

    So take a little inspiration from French cuisine, and lay slices of breakfast radish over matzo spread with whipped butter. Finish with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt.

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    Guacamole and Cherry Tomato Salsa

    Guacamole has a ridiculous affinity for matzo, and it's cheery green color just screams Chag HaAviv (the festival of spring). Top it with homemade cherry tomato salsa -- or, if you're feeling lazy, halved cherry tomatoes -- and you've got a great little snack on your hands.

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    Chocolate Spread and Crushed Hazelnuts

    Chocolate Spread and Chopped Hazelnuts on Matzo
    Chocolate Spread and Chopped Hazelnuts on Matzo. © Miri Rotkovitz

    You could use a prepared chocolate spread on your matzo, but why? Many of them are ultra-sweet, and the Passover versions usually contain cottonseed oil.

    This homemade Nutella-inspired Chocolate Hazelnut Spread is a way better option on both the health and flavor fronts. Top it with crushed toasted hazelnuts for extra crunch.

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    Lemon Curd and Sliced Strawberries

    Strawberries and Lemon Curd on Matzo
    Strawberries and Lemon Curd on Matzo. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Passover baking recipes often call for prodigious amounts of egg whites as leavening agents. Making a batch of lemon curd is a brilliant way to use up all of those egg yolks that would otherwise get neglected.

    Slathered on matzo and topped with strawberries, the silky, sweet-tart spread will have you wondering why egg whites get all the action.

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    Tapenade and Baby Arugula

    Depending on where you live, it can be hard to find good quality kosher olives in America during the year. But around Passover, supermarkets that offer a Pesach selection often stock Israeli olives. Grab the jars while you can get them, and put some of those olives into service as tapenade, the briny Provencal olive spread. Top it with baby arugula and maybe some warm burst tomatoes. Yum.

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    Cheddar Cheese and Mango Chutney

    Cheddar Chutney Matzo
    Cheddar Chutney Matzo. © Miri Rotkovitz

    How many times have you resorted to another matzo grilled cheese  because you were tired of matzo pizza, but just weren't sure what else to make? How much better would that melty cheese have been if there had been mango chutney on top? Make a batch, and you'll find out -- and have plenty of homemade mango chutney to wake up your Passover leftovers, too.