Simple Chicken Soup and Matzo Balls
NOTE: If you double the recipe, use 9 eggs.
Servings Prep Time
12serves 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
12serves 30minutes
Ingredients
CHICKEN SOUP
MATZO BALLS
Instructions
CHICKEN SOUP
  1. Start this recipe the day before serving.
  2. Wash the chicken and the bones under cold running water. Put them in a stockpot along with the other ingredients. Pour in enough cold water to just cover, around 3 – 4 litres (12 – 1 6 cups). Bring to the boil. Skim off the scum that rises to the surface, partially cover and continue to cook at a light boil for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  3. Allow to cool slightly for 30 minutes before removing the bones and straining the soup, discarding everything except the carrot.Add salt and pepper to taste.  Allow to cool and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Makes 3 – 4 litres (12 – 16 cups).
MATZO BALLS
  1. In an electric mixer, whisk the whites until stiff peaks form.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly and mix with the matzo meal, oil, water, salt and pepper. Add this mixture spoon by spoon into the whites, whisking after each addition. Taste and season generously. The mixture should be too sloppy at this stage to form balls. Set aside for 20 minutes, giving it a light fold through after 10 minutes. The mixture should be just solid enough to form balls.
  3. Bring a stockpot or very large saucepan of well-salted water to the boil. With wet hands, and without pressing too firmly, lightly roll the matzo meal mixture into smooth walnut-sized balls and drop into the boiling water. After the last ball has been dropped in, cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes, covered. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the balls to cool in the water.
  4. Allow the matzo balls to cool in the cooking water in the saucepan. Then store in the fridge in the cooking water until ready to serve. When ready to serve, remove with a slotted spoon and reheat in the chicken soup.
  5. Note: This makes 15-20 or so matzo balls and is a half batch of the original recipe which appears in The Feast Goes On.