Ruth Reichl has described matzo brei as "one of life's perfect foods," and I couldn't agree more. After all, what's more comforting than a meal composed of reassuring ingredients like butter, eggs, and crackers? Still better is this nontraditional version of the Ashkenazi dish that's inspired by yet another Passover favorite: lox, eggs, and onions. Even if you don't observe the holiday, consider this scramble of sorts for your next breakfast. It's ideal with sweet (try drizzling it with a bit of honey) and savory (topped with a dollop of sour cream) — and it takes 10 minutes to make. Want the recipe? Then read on.

Matzo Brei With Lox, Eggs, and Onions

Matzo Brei With Lox, Eggs, and Onions

Ingredients

  1. 4 matzos
  2. 1 large red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  3. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
  5. 8 large eggs
  6. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 4 ounces lox or smoked salmon, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  8. 2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill, more for garnish
  9. Honey, for serving
  10. Sour cream, for serving

Directions

  1. Put the matzos under a running faucet for about 15 seconds or until really wet. They should start to soften but not fall apart. Break them into rough 1 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Scatter the onion in a large dry skillet over high heat. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until it turns dark golden brown on one side, then stir in the butter and a pinch of salt and cook until golden all over and dark brown in spots, about 3 to 5 minutes. If the butter starts to become too brown, lower the heat.
  3. While the onion is frying, whisk the eggs in a medium bowl with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Stir in the matzo pieces and let them soak.
  4. Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium-low and add matzo-egg mixture to the onion. Cook, stirring, as you would with scrambled eggs. When the eggs are two-thirds of the way cooked, stir in the smoked salmon and dill. Serve immediately with a pool of honey and dollop of sour cream on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

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