MATZO BREI WITH MUSHROOMS AND ASPARAGUS

MATZO BREI WITH MUSHROOMS AND ASPARAGUS (for two)

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8 asparagus tips

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

8 cremini mushrooms, stemmed and cut into sixths

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

three 6 inch square pieces matzo

5 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a 4 quart pot.  Add the asparagus and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the asparagus to a bowl of ice water, reserving the boiling water.  Let the asparagus chill for about 5 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 10 inch skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes.  Add the asparagus, season with salt and pepper, and remove the pan from the heat.  Set aside.
  1. Break the matzo into 1 inch pieces and transfer to a strainer set over the sink. Slowly pour the reserved boiling water over the matzo to soften it; let the matzo sit for 4 minutes.
  1. Transfer the softened matzo to a bowl, add the eggs, and combine. Heat the remaining butter in a 10 inch skillet over medium high heat.  Add the matzo mixture, reduce heat to medium low and cook, turning the mixture occasionally with a rubber spatula, until cooked to the desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for soft curds.
  1. Divide the matzo mixture between two plates, top with the reserved mushrooms and asparagus, garnish with parsley and serve.

adapted from James Oseland, Saveur: The New Comfort Food

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