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Shared by Sigi Mantel

Matzo Kebab

Yield: 8-12 servingsTime: 30 min + 30 min inactive

Shared by Sigi Mantel

Matzo kebab on red and pink plate over patterned tablecloth.
Photographer: Armando Rafael. Food Stylist: Chris Barsch. Prop Stylist: Megan Hedgpeth.

Matzo Kebab

Yield: 8-12 servingsTime: 30 min + 30 min inactive

Family Journey

Damascus, SyriaTel AvivHolon, Israel
Gedera Israel

Every Passover, Sigi Mantel’s grandmother Aliza made this layered Syrian dish for a Passover lunch she hosted the day after Seder. While it’s traditionally made with walnuts, says Sigi, her grandmother made it with peanuts, which were more affordable. If you don’t eat kitniyot, though, walnuts are an excellent option. 

Read more about Sigi’s family in “The Syrian Grandmother Who Taught Sigi Mantel Where to Find Happiness” and find her recipes for lettuce and parsley salad, rice with black eyed peas and chard, and pickled stuffed peppers.


For the Kebab:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil 
  • 1 ¼ lbs ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon baharat
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 12 matzo boards  
  • 4 ½ cups water, divided
  • 4 eggs, lightly whisked

For the Sauce:

  • 1 ½ cups shelled peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch celery, thinly sliced on a slight bias (¼ inch)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Main CoursesPassover Kosher for PassoverMiddle East


  • Step 1

    Line your baking pan with parchment paper and lightly oil.

  • Step 2

    Make the filling: Heat the canola oil in a large pan over medium heat. Saute the ground beef, 1 teaspoon baharat, 3/4 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoons pepper until browned and fully cooked. Set aside to cool.

  • Step 3

    Soak the matzos ​​in a bowl with 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt for a few seconds. After the matzos ​​have softened, place them on a plate and cover with a damp towel.

  • Step 4

    In a large, shallow dish mix 4 eggs, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Step 5

    Preheat the oven to 350F.

  • Step 6

    Assemble the kebab: Dip matzo into the batter, one at a time, and arrange 2 layers of matzo onto the baking sheet. (3 matzo sheets per layer. Breaking the sheets into smaller pieces as needed) Add the meat on top of the first layer, spreading evenly. Dip the remaining matzo into the batter and arrange the final two layers. Pour in 1/2 cup of boiling water atop the kebab and bake, uncovered for 30 minutes.

  • Step 7

    Mix all of the sauce ingredients together. It should be pourable. When the casserole is ready, pour the peanut sauce over it before serving.

  • Step 8

    Cut the casserole into squares and serve warm, tahini.