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Recipe:Matzo Ball Soup with Kosher Chicken Broth

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 hours

This traditional Matzo ball soup infused with kosher chicken broth, celery and carrots is the perfect start to a festive holiday meal.

Serves 9

Ingredients

  • Kosher Chicken, cut in 8 pieces

    QTY 1 (4 -4 ½ lb.)

  • Yellow onions, unpeeled

    QTY 2

  • Whole Celery Stalks, cut in 1” pieces

    QTY 6

  • Whole Carrots, peeled and cut in large chunks

    QTY 3

  • Head of Garlic. peeled

    QTY 1

  • Sprigs of Parsley

    QTY 10

  • Black Peppercorns, crushed

    QTY 1 Tbsp.

  • Cups of water

    QTY 16

  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Matzo Meal or Finely Crushed Matzos 

    QTY 1 cup

  • Schmaltz (Rendered Chicken Fat) or Vegetable Oil 

    QTY ¼ cup

  • Club soda

    QTY ¼ cup 

  • Kosher salt 

    QTY 2 Tsp.

  • Eggs

    QTY 4

  • Black pepper to taste

Cooking
Directions

  1. Cut onion in quarters leaving skin on for flavor and color in the stock.

  2. In a large 16 qt. kettle, place the chicken, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, garlic, parsley, black pepper and water. Slowly simmer for one and a half uncovered. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

  3. Remove the onion skins from soup. Remove the chicken from the broth and use for other recipes but shred about 2 cups of chicken breast to garnish the soup.

  4. In a large bowl, mix eggs with chicken fat or oil, club soda and salt. Add matzo meal and mix. Cover and place in the refrigerator at least 3 hours before so matzos can absorb liquid.

  5. Bring 3 qt. water to a boil and add 2 Tbsp. Kosher salt. Using dampened hands, roll matzo mixture into 16 balls about 1½” in diameter.

  6. Drop them into the boiling liquid as you make them. Cover the pan, and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Transfer the matzo balls to bowls, cover with your soup. Add shredded chicken and fresh parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

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