One of my favorite Jewish holidays is here—Passover! I love Passover for many reasons, but the most delicious is the multitude of ways to eat matzo over the course of the week. Jewish observance of this holiday dictates that we cannot eat leavened bread. Instead, we get to eat matzah—a flat cracker made without yeast so it doesn’t rise.
Because we eat matzah all week long, it can become challenging to come up with different ways to serve it in unique and tasty ways every day. As always, I find that simple is the most delicious, and this vegan matzah pizza recipe is just that!
Matzah is simply unleavened bread made from wheat flour and water. Because it doesn’t rise in the oven, it’s very thin, flat, and more like a cracker than a conventional loaf.
It has a very mild, agreeable flavor due to its basic ingredients which often don’t even include salt for seasoning. Alternate spellings also include matza, matzo, and matzoh; all are correct!
Although you could technically make matzah from scratch at home, it wouldn’t be considered kosher or pesadich (acceptable for the celebration of Passover) without the blessing of a rabbi. Likewise, there are gluten-free versions in some specialty markets for those who can’t eat wheat, but they may or may not be appropriate for those who are ultra-orthodox.
Matzah is vegan by default (it is simply made from flour and water) but there are some sneaky variations that could spell trouble for anyone avoiding animal products.
There are all sorts of matzah-based snacks made for the days following the seder, which may include many other ingredients, especially eggs. Egg matzah is considered a richer take on the classic, but at least is always clearly marked as such. Always read the ingredient labels for everything else to make sure.
There are countless ways to use it in vegan Passover recipes. My family loves to eat matzah plain with Earth Balance butter or vegan cream cheese spread across it, but we also love to grind it up as matzah meal for making pancakes or break it into pieces for layering into casseroles.
Matzah pizza is more of an idea that a set recipe. Consider it an interactive, adaptable formula, great for getting little hands in on the action. Line up your favorite toppings on the counter and let your family make their own matzah pizza creation.
For extra fun, try making thematic matzah pizzas with some of these ideas:
However you top your matzah, your family will love this fun meal! Read on to see some of these topping ideas in action!
The Jewish Holiday of Passover celebrates the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt and their freedom from Egyptian slavery over 3000 years ago. When the Jewish people left Egypt they did so in a hurry and had no time to wait for the bread they were baking to rise. The bread they baked came out flat and thus the Torah commands Jews to eat Matzah every year on the first night of Passover, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt.
Because Passover lasts for eight days and does not permit for the consumption of leavened foods, Jewish people will often get creative with how they prepare matzah, sometimes making it into sweet recipes or even creating a new kind of meal to enjoy during the holiday.
Whole sheets of matzah can also be ground into matzah meal or matzah flour to make other baked goods, like cakes, pie crusts, cookies, and more.
Think of each sheet of matzah as a ready-made pizza crust and you’re already halfway done! For some flavor variations and specific toppings, you don’t need to heat them at all, but this is the basic procedure for a classic combination:
Use one sheet of matzah per serving, laying them out on a sheet lined with parchment paper.
Top each with 2 tablespoons of sauce, spreading it out in an even layer leaving a small margin around the edges clear.
Sprinkle, spread, or scatter your selected toppings over the sauce. Cover with 2 tablespoons of shredded vegan cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and gooey. Enjoy hot!
The only limit to the topping possibilities is your creativity! Get inspiration from your favorite traditional pizzas or start from scratch with a bold new combination.
Love your veggies in every color of the rainbow! This is a great way to clear out anything you have in the crisper. My favorite mix includes:
Who needs to wait for Taco Tuesday when you can enjoy those same great flavors any day? No tortillas need apply when you have matzah as a base. Here’s how this one stacks up:
It’s all Greek to me, and that’s a very good thing. Skip the lifeless iceberg lettuce and translate that rich classic salad into pizza format! Lay out your matzah and spread it on thick:
This is a great one for lunch in a hurry, since it doesn’t even need to be heated. Cherry tomatoes make a great addition, too!
Pull out all the stops with this sophisticated sweet and savory number. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, put the kids to bed, and set the mood:
No need to apply heat on this baby either. It’s brilliant as is, cold or at room temperature.
For those who like it hot, spice up your night with a fiery bite that tastes like wings, without the hassle, mess, and grease of deep frying. There are only three components here:
Yes, matzah pizza is for dessert, too! Satisfy your sweet tooth or midnight snack cravings with ease:
No need to heat, but it could be delightful with melted, gooey chocolate chips, too.
Appeal to picky eaters by keeping the toppings simple, and maybe even a little bit silly! Don’t be afraid to play with your food and encourage them to style their own tasty designs too. You can’t help but smile when your meal is smiling too!
Want to turn your matzah pizza into more of a meal? Luckily we have a whole bunch of suggestions for keeping both the tradition and the taste.
Due to the delicate nature of matzah, we’d recommend making these pizzas fresh since they won’t hold up well afterwards in the fridge or freezer. The last thing you’d want is for your pretty pizza to turn soggy overnight! Matzah can be surprisingly filling so even one pizza may be enough for you!
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Vegan Matzah Pizza recipe by Stephanie Dreyer. Article written by Stephanie Dreyer with support from Hannah Kaminsky and edited by Rachel Lessenden. For more family-friendly vegan recipes and to stay tuned to the latest from Stephanie Dreyer, subscribe to the VeegMama newsletter here.