Seriously Soupy shares Grandma Fay’s Famous Matzo Ball Soup!

 

Happy Hanukkah (or Chanukah)! This eight-day Festival of Lights revolves around spending time with family and friends, playing games like the drediel, lighting the menorah, and enjoying delicious foods like latkes, “sufganiyot” (jelly-filled doughnuts), and brisket. Being a winter holiday, it is also perfect to enjoy soups – ranging from the traditional matzo ball soup and cabbage soup to new variations such as a beef and braised beef soup. Enjoy the holiday and the soup!

 

Grandma Fay’s Famous Matzo Ball Soup


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Serves Makes 6 Med. Matzo balls
Meal type Carrots, Chicken Broth, Dill, Onions, Parsley
Season Fall, Spring, Winter

Ingredients

Part 1 - Chicken Stock Ingredients:


  • 1 whole chicken cut into 1/4's (I used a small organic chicken)
 (Chicken Stock Ingredients)
  • 1 large pot almost completely filled (75%) with water
 (Chicken Stock Ingredients)
  • 4 carrots

  • 2 stalks of celery, cut up

  • 2 small parsnips or 1 large parsnip, cut up

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced into small cubes

  • 1 small bunch of dill tied together with white thread

  • 1 small bunch of parsley tied together with white thread


Part 2 - Matzo Ball Mix Ingredients:


  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1/2 cup matzo meal

  • 1/2 teaspoons of salt

  • 2 tablespoons of cold seltzer


Directions

1 Fill up a pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and cover.
Matzo Ball Soup

 Part One
2 While that is cooking cut up, tie the thread around the dill and parsley, and the clean the vegetables.
3 When the water/chicken starts to boil, clean any bubbles or dirt that acclimates to the surface.
4 Add all of the vegetables and the salt to the pot. Set to a very low flame and allow the water to simmer slowly for two hours. Periodically check the pot and taste the concoction, adding salt if needed.
5 After three hours let the vegetables sit in the pot until they cool. Discard all vegetables except carrots. Depending on when you are making the matzo meal you may need to keep your broth in the fridge or remove the vegetables and place the pot immediately back on the heat as the matzo balls are added.


Part 2 - Matzo Ball Mix Ingredients
6 In a medium-sized bowl mix eggs and oil with a fork, but do not beat the mixture.
7 Add the matzo meal, salt, seltzer, and mix together. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
8 Start your pot of broth again and bring it to a slight boil. After 20 minutes remove the matzo from the fridge and wet hands.
9 Make the balls and place them in the boiling pot. Lower the flame, covers, and cook for 40 minutes.
10 Remove the matzo balls and broth with a spoon, place into a soup bowl, and enjoy!

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