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Apr 12, 2014 05:32 PM

What to fry matzo in?

Ever since Nyafat was discontinued, my fried matzo has not been the same. I have tried butter, vegetable oil, canola oil, olive oil, schmaltz, and various combinations thereof. Nothing works the way Nyafat did (especially onion flavored Nyafat). Suggestions, please.

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  1. I have made own schmaltz or shoudl I say Gribbines with onions that has worked well -the other option is sautee onions in the oil prior to cooking the Matzah Brei -

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    1. re: weinstein5

      while I love matzo brei fried in my own schmaltz and gribenes, my wife and kids like mazto brei milchiges, so i use veg oil with a few pats of butter

      1. re: bagelman01

        I hate to say my wife has nixed the idea this year

        1. re: weinstein5

          In the B family. Sunday morning Chol HaMoed breakfast was always cooked by the father, wife and mother got to sleep in.
          My late grandfather ,late father and I always made/make matzo brei, matzo meal pancakes and salami and eggs.
          Nowadays since there is Sunday shopping the men feed the kids and take them on an outing, while the women tend to go for a ladies day out. This year because it will be Easter, the ladies will have limited shopping choice, but we are still keeping the kids busy.

      1. re: DeisCane

        Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. I decided to saute a chopped, medium-size onion in a decent quantity of canola oil and butter. Then I followed the "Matza Brie" recipe here,, reducing the eggs to three and increasing the matzo to five boards. I also added a liberal amount of salt a pepper. It looked beautiful when done: definitely something I could serve on a platter to company. For me, however, it was too eggy and tasteless. So, I chopped it up, but it back in the frying pan with more oil and butter, much more salt and pepper, dried onion, and some garlic salt (happily, the garlic salt doesn't impart a garlic flavor to the matzo; rather, it enhances the salt a pepper). Much better. But it still lacked....something. Ah, well.

        1. re: IWantFood

          Mrs. B's family loves "Fried Matzo"
          When we were first married I asked what was the difference between "Fried Matzo" and Matzo Brei? "Fried Matzo has no eggs added.

          After Pesach we add some French Vanilla Coffee Creamer and cinnamon to the soaking liquid and really love the results

          1. re: bagelman01

            In my family, the terms "fried matzo" and "matzo brei" are used interchangeably to indicate the dish made with oil/butter (formerly Nyafat), eggs, salt, pepper, optional onion.

            Coffee Creamer addition sounds interesting.