A staple on Passover these dumplings belong in a bowl of Bubbies Chicken Soup. Matzo balls should be light and fluffy throughout the entire dumpling. If you don’t cook them long enough or mess with the batter too much before cooking they end up as soup rocks and no one wants to eat those.
While these do have a long prep time, the amount of hands-on time is rather small. These also freeze well after being cooked. You can place extra matzo balls in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer to a freezer bag or vacuum seal until ready to serve. Just place them in the hot broth for 15-20 minutes to defrost and heat through.
You can serve them on their own or add some egg noodles chicken and vegetables. This is a great meal for those nights when orthodontics makes eating harder foods difficult. My three kids love these and eat them year round. We can polish off a triple batch in one meal.
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons water or broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup matzo meal
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion powder, optional
- Whisk together the eggs, oil, and water (or broth).
- Add the matzo meal, salt, and onion powder if using. Mix well using a fork. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the mixture and place the whole thing into the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. An hour is better.
- Bring a large pot of water over high heat to a full rolling boil. Get a small bowl of cold water and place it near the stockpot. This water is to wet your hands so the dough balls do not stick.
- Remove the plastic wrap and with wet hands, pinch off a small piece of the dough. Roll into a ball about the size of a ping pong ball. The matzo balls will almost double in size during cooking, so do not roll the balls too large.
- Once all the matzo balls are in the water, cover the pot and turn down the heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 40 minutes. When your timer beeps, turn off the heat and leave the pot closed for another 5-10 minutes.
- Place the desired number of matzo balls into a bowl and ladle hot soup over the bowls.