I didn’t buy any cream cheese for Passover this year. For the record, I didn’t buy any ketchup or mayonnaise either, but that’s the story for another blog post. I did, however, buy a lot of different types of matzo. I envisioned a little taste testing going on, but I wasn’t prepared for the backlash of the “what’s there to schmear on the matzo without cream cheese” refrain. To be honest, I was prepared in the sense that I made a lot of healthy schmear. This year I was going to replace the cream cheese shmear with better choices. Better for our health. Better on our taste buds. Better on the environment. Better on our bank account. Better on our energy levels as well.
I made all kinds of schmear. Almond butter schmeared on matzo and sprinkled with fresh berries or sliced bananas, was equally satisfying as breakfast or an afternoon snack.
I made a fantastic ratatouille that I pureed with the immersion blender. We topped ours with tomatoes, basil and shallots. Yum!!
My kale pesto (find the recipe here) was a huge hit as a schmear any time of day, with or without toppings. Although the pesto is downright healthy, I dare you to stop at one schmeared matzo topped with this pesto.
One of my favorite schmears is “mock” liver (recipe below). I make it often throughout the year, but the crunch of a piece of matzo underneath makes it especially delicious. The sautéed onions give it a sweet taste while the Portobello mushrooms add to the depth of flavor. I like to pulse it so it’s not too creamy because I think the texture adds to the illusion of chopped liver. Sometimes I will puree it to a smooth buttery consistency that is more of a mushroom pate. Either way, it schmears nicely and has a decadent taste.
What to do if you haven’t prepared any schmear for your Matzo? If all else fails, and you don’t have any cilantro, scallions, or jalapenos to make guacamole, mash some avocado with a pinch of sea salt spread right onto the matzo. It is as delicious as it is simple!
We had a lot of fun topping our matzo schmear’s with different veggie toppings, and it’s easy to increase the nutritional value of your matzo that way as well… but what about the Matzo taste test? My favorite, by far has been the Organic Whole Spelt Matzos from Aviv. Serious crunch. Light and crisp, perfect with a schmear.