No Passover is complete without a savory Matzo Ball Soup. People all around can agree on one thing… Matzo Ball Soup is a crowd pleaser. It is one of the ultimate comfort food dishes and whether you are participating in Passover festivities or simply looking for a tasty soup, we have the perfect recipe for you.
Martha’s Matzo Ball Soup
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons rendered chicken fat, (available at butcher shops or in the meat markets of large supermarkets) or vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons matzo meal
10 cups homemade or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
3 medium carrots sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
2 medium parsnips peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
Fresh dill, for garnish
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and chicken fat until combined. Whisk in 1/2 cup water and salt. Add matzo meal, and whisk until combined. Cover and refrigerate batter until firm, 2 to 4 hours.
Line a baking pan with parchment. Bring chicken stock to a boil in a large wide saucepan, and reduce heat to a simmer
Slightly dampen your fingertips, and form 2 heaping tablespoons of batter into a 1 1/2-inch ball, being careful not to compress the mixture too much. Place ball on the prepared pan. Repeat process with remaining batter.
Using a large spoon, slide the matzo balls into the simmering stock. Once all the balls have been added, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add carrots and parsnips, cover, and continue cooking for 20 to 25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the matzo balls are cooked through. To test if the matzo balls are done, remove a ball from the water, and slice in half. The color should be light throughout. If the center is darker, cook 5 to 10 minutes more.
To serve, fill the soup bowls evenly with soup and vegetables, allotting each person one or two matzo balls, depending on his or her appetite. Garnish with fresh dill, and serve immediately.
Recipe via Martha Stewart Living, April 2014