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Continued: Recipe: matzo balls

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Makes about 15 matzo balls.

Note: Adapted from Joan Nathan via the New York Times.

• 4 eggs

1/4 c. schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), coconut oil or vegetable oil (kosher for Passover)

• 1/4 c. chicken stock or vegetable stock

• 1 c. matzo meal

• 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

• 2 tbsp. freshly grated ginger

• 2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley, dill or cilantro

• 1 tsp. salt, more for cooking

• Black pepper


In a large bowl, combine the eggs, schmaltz, stock, matzo meal, nutmeg, ginger and parsley. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Gently mix with a whisk or spoon. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 3 hours or overnight.

To shape and cook the matzo balls, fill a wide, deep pan with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. With wet hands, take some of the mix and mold it into the size and shape of a ping-pong ball. Gently drop it into the boiling water, repeating until all the mix is used.

Cover the pan, reduce heat to a lively simmer and cook matzo balls about 50 minutes for al dente, longer for light. If desired, the cooked matzo balls can be transferred to chicken or vegetable soup and served immediately. Alternatively, they may be placed on a baking sheet and frozen, then transferred to a freezer bag and kept frozen until a few hours before serving; reheat in chicken or vegetable soup or broth.

Nutrition information per matzo ball:

Calories 90 Fat 5 g Sodium 230 mg

Carbohydrates 8 g Saturated fat 1 g Calcium 9 mg

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