This is the shining star of every Jewish holiday. It doesn’t matter what’s on the rest of the table—there could be bowls of gold doubloons, but everyone will reach right over them for those matzoh balls! The flavor is very delicate, so definitely make your own broth for this even if you normally use store-bought.
(Excerpted from the book The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz)
Make the matzoh balls: In a mixing bowl, combine the matzoh meal, salt, and pepper and set aside.
In a blender, whiz together the broth, olive oil, and flaxseed until the mixture is frothy and a little goopy, about 30 seconds. Pulse in the potato starch.
Pour the blender mixture into the matzoh meal mixture and combine until everything is moist. Add the grated carrot and mix until it’s well distributed.
Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to overnight. You can’t skip this step; it’s important in making sure that the matzoh balls do not fall apart when boiled.
When you are ready to form the balls, fill a large stockpot with enough water to fit all the matzoh balls with minimal touching. Salt the water generously, cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower to a simmer.
Have ready a parchment-lined surface to prevent sticking. Also have handy a wet rag to wipe your hands on while you’re forming the matzoh balls.
Remove the matzoh mixture from the fridge. Form it into tightly packed, walnut-size balls. When all the balls are prepared, drop them carefully into the slow-rolling boiling water with a spatula or slotted spoon. Cover the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes, checking occasionally to see if the water is still at a slow-rolling boil. If it’s too high, they might break; too low, and they will get mushy. They usually rise to the top and then sink when they are ready. Transfer them to the parchment.
Make the soup: Pour the broth into a separate pot. Add the sliced carrot and dill. Bring the broth to a low boil over medium heat.
When the broth is hot, use a slotted spoon to carefully remove the matzoh balls from the parchment and place two or three in each bowl. Ladle the broth over the matzoh balls so that they’re covered only about halfway. Garnish with some more fresh dill and black pepper and serve.
I usually skip the carrots, skimp on the pepper, up the dill, and add some nutritional yeast to the balls.
Fake chicken bouillon lends itself well to an authentic flavored broth.
View line-by-line Nutrition Insights™: Discover which ingredients contribute the calories/sodium/etc.
|Serving Size: 1 Serving (274g)|
|Recipe Makes: 7 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 30 (15%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 3.3g||4 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.4g||2 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.3g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 519.9mg||18 %|
|Potassium 105.7mg||3 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 38.9g||11 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2.4g||9 %|
|Sugars, other 36.5g|
|Protein 4.7g||7 %|
Powered by: USDA Nutrition Database
Disclaimer: Nutrition facts are derived from linked ingredients (shown at left in colored bullets) and may or may not be complete. Always consult a licensed nutritionist or doctor if you have a nutrition-related medical condition.
Calories per serving: 205
Get detailed nutrition information, including item-by-item nutrition insights, so you can see where the calories, carbs, fat, sodium and more come from.