Recipes: matzo ball soup and chopped liver

  • Updated: September 4, 2013 - 2:10 PM

Four-star matzo ball soup

Serves 4.

Note: Gribenes (pronounced GRIB-beh-ness) are the crispy bits of chicken skin cracklings produced in the making of schmaltz. From “The Book of Schmaltz,” by Michael Ruhlman.

Matzo balls:

• 2 tbsp. schmaltz (see box at right)

• 1/2 Spanish onion, cut into small dice

• Kosher salt

1/4 c. matzo meal (or 2 squares of matzo, well pulverized in a food processor)

• 2 eggs, beaten

2 tbsp. chicken stock or water, plus additional for simmering

• 1/2 tsp. baking powder

• 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Soup:

• 1 Spanish onion, cut into small dice

• 2 celery ribs, cut on the bias into 1/4-in. slices

• 2 carrots, peeled and cut into small dice

• Kosher salt to taste

• 1 1/2 qts. chicken stock or consommé

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