Friday, April 10, 2009

How to Have a Turkey Sandwich on Passover: Passover Rolls

I'm giving you the secret to my semi-normal life during Passover. If you can have a turkey sandwich on this quite food-restricting holiday, you know it can't be too bad. And with this roll recipe, it's all possible!

There are actually a lot of different Passover roll recipes out there, and I chose this one because it had half the number of eggs as most of them. I also saw some versions that called for a tablespoon or so of sugar. The one below works just fine for me.

Because I shape my rolls pretty small, I might make myself two or three mini turkey sandwiches for one meal, and they're perfect to bring to work. You could also make Swiss cheese, tomato, and lettuce sandwiches, or even snack on the rolls plain. They're my brother Zachary's absolute favorite Passover food item. Consider this secret of mine, well, not so secret anymore!

Passover Rolls
Recipe by Judy Zeidler in The Gourmet Jewish Cook

2 cups matzo meal
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs

In a bowl, combine the matzo meal and salt and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and oil to a boil. Pour in the matzo meal mixture and stir until blended. Transfer to a large bowl of an electric mixer. One at a time, add the eggs, beating well after each addition until completely blended. Let rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

With well-oiled hands, shape the dough into 3-inch balls or ovals and place 2 inches apart on a well-greased baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to racks and cool. Split and fill with your favorite mixture.

Step-by-Step in Pictures

Make the dough and let rest for 10 minutes before shaping into balls...

Shape the dough into balls and space evenly apart on the cookie sheet...
Bake for 40-50 minutes in a 375 degree F oven...
Turkey Sandwich on Passover! Yes We Can!


Mom said...

Those rolls look delicious and so does the turkey. I love that these rolls only have 4 eggs in them. Some think of Passover as restrictive but I think Passover presents an opportunity to experiment with baking. So, I'm going to try your roll version!

Zach Landes said...


the other Marni(e) said...

Chag sameach! These look awfully yummy. Is there a first step of "combine the matzah meal and salt"? If not, does it matter when the salt is added?

Marni said...

Mom - I totally agree about Passover being a chance to experiment. Though you're such an outstanding baker that never in my life have I tasted one of your "experiments" and thought it didn't work out.

Zach - Come home from London and I'll make you these. ;)

Marnie - Chag Sameach to you, too! I would recommend combining the salt with the matzah meal before adding it to the liquid. But honestly, I think this is a forgiving recipe and won't be affected by your order. Enjoy your turkey sandwich!

Marni said...

Marnie - Now I see that I was missing the salt step. Just added it in so the recipe is complete. So all you do is combine it with the matzah meal and then add that mixture to the liquid. Good eye!

Sharon said...

Thanks for the recipe Marni! I just made these and it's going to make the next four days much easier. My little guy is getting tired of matzah and you can't explain to a 1 year old why he cant have cherrios or a bagel.

Marni said...

Sharon - thanks for sharing that you made these! I'm so flattered! And glad to help you out with feeding the little one. Passover is a hard holiday because even with all the creative recipes out there, you still can't be lazy and grab a bag of whatever snack from your pantry. Stock up on rolls and you can do so many things!

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