If anyone knows matzo, it’s Michele Streit Heilbrun — co-owner of Streit’s matzo, arguably the most famous matzo in the world. If you’re cooking during Passover week, matzo is your best friend. While a little dry and lackluster on its own, it can be made into a huge number of delicious dishes, including this LEO matzo brei. LEO stands for “lox, eggs, onions,” and is a beloved breakfast combination.
Lox, eggs, and onions, or L.E.O., as the combination is commonly known, is as quintessential to Jewish food as the bagel. Right after I learned to talk, I’m sure the next thing my father taught me to do was eat L.E.O. We took this classic and married it with matzo brei to make these two iconic dishes even more beloved. My dad would be proud!
- 4 sheets matzo
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
- 8 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 ounces lox or smoked salmon, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 1 1/2 tablespoons drained capers
For the brei
Run each sheet of matzo under cold running water for 15 seconds until it just begins to soften but isn’t falling apart. Break into 1½-inch pieces and set aside.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion slices in a single layer and cook without stirring until they turn dark brown in spots, 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining butter, stir the onions, and continue to cook until they are evenly golden brown, 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Season with the salt and black pepper. Stir in the matzo and let soak for 1 minute.
Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium-low. Add the egg-matzo mixture and gently stir as though you were making scrambled eggs. Once the eggs begin to set, about 3 minutes, add the lox, dill, chives, and capers. Continue to stir until the eggs are cooked through but still soft, about 1 minute, or to desired consistency.