Thursday, March 17, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Matzo Balls

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A few weeks ago, I shared my recipe for chicken soup, so this week I thought I'd share my favorite soup accompaniment: matzo balls.

For those of you who have never had them, they're basically soup dumplings made from matzo meal (matzo ground finely), eggs, oil, and water.  They're cooked separately, then added to the soup before serving.  My kids love to have them on Friday night.  The one down side is sometimes they get filled up on soup and don't want to have the main course.

For this recipe, you'll want matzo meal, not matzo ball soup mix.  You can find matzo meal in the Jewish food section of your supermarket.  Or at least I can here; I don't know if other areas carry it.  But Passover is coming up next month, and even supermarkets that don't normally carry kosher food might have a separate section for Passover food, and matzo meal should be found there.  Also, you could try Walmart or one of the warehouse clubs.

If it's truly not available in your area, you could try ordering it. Amazon has several brands, including four cans of Yehuda matzo meal for $12.26.  You could use Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks to pay for it!

This recipe is based on the one on the box of Streit's matzo meal, but I make it a little thicker so that the matzo balls are denser and heavier.  Others like a lighter matzo ball.  My husband says that if you throw it at the wall and it doesn't leave a dent, it's not a real matzo ball.

MATZO BALLS

4 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1-1/4 cup matzo meal
2 tbsp chicken broth or water

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the oil, salt, and pepper, and mix until thoroughly combined.  Add the matzo meal and mix until the matzo meal is moistened.  Add the water and mix again.  Put the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Boil 8 cups of water in a large pot, adding salt to taste.  Remove the matzo meal mixture.  Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the mixture and form it into a ball with your hands.  Place the rolled balls on a plate.  Continue until all of the mixture has been used, about 12-16 balls.  Place matzo balls into the boiling water with a slotted spoon.  Once all the matzo balls are in the pot, cover and turn down to low.  Allow the matzo balls to simmer gently for 30-40 minutes.

Remove matzo balls with a slotted spoon and place in heated chicken soup.  Serve 2-3 matzo balls per serving of soup.

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26 comments:

Maranda March 17, 2011 at 12:16 AM  

You know, I have never tried Matzo Balls. You make it look easy! I will have to try! Thanks for sharing! Oh and Thanks for the linky too!

Maranda http://frugalxchange.com

Marelie March 17, 2011 at 3:40 AM  

Hello. My name is Marelie and Im a new blogger. I just linked mine. thanks

Debbie March 17, 2011 at 7:56 AM  

Matzo ball soup always looks so good, but I have never acquired the taste. I may give your version a try just to see if it makes a difference. Thanks for sharing it. Come on over to What's On the Menu Wednesday whenever you can.

Lisa March 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

Love matzo balls! My family uses a recipe that was passed down through the generations. Usually my mom or grandma will make it, but I should try myself one day.

Messy Mom March 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

This is my first time here from Things I love Thursday. I love your blog name! I will try and remember this meme for when I do have a frugal recie to post :)

Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free March 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

I hope you have a blessed St. Patrick's Day! For an easy, traditional and economical meal, I've made a Slow-Cooked Corned Beef Dinner, which is also gluten-free and dairy-free.

Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) March 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

Happy Thursday!
I am sharing my recipe for Pizza Flavors Stuffed Mushrooms. It's an easy recipe to make and the flavors are great!
Thanks for hosting!

Heather March 17, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

Mmm, tasty! I'm not sure I've ever had Matzo balls though. I might need to try this one out!

Miz Helen March 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM  

I really love a good Matzo Ball Soup. I am happy to have your recipe, now I can make it for my friend. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Cheerful March 17, 2011 at 10:21 PM  

sounds delicious...thanks for sharing! hope you could find time to visit me back at PinayMum - Mommy's Life Around...and wishing you a great weekend!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} March 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM  

Thanks so much for linking up!
I really need to share some more of my actually recipes so I can come party with you. I will soon... promise!

Patti March 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

I love Matzo Balls soup! I haven't had it in a while. Thanks for reminding me and sharing! It's next on my list!

A Joyful Noise March 19, 2011 at 3:34 AM  

My son-in-law makes homemade chicken soup and adds dumplings. This recipe sounds wonderful to go with soup and I must share it with him.

Kimmy March 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM  

I just found your blog and linked up. Thanks for hosting. Can't wait to explore your blog.

Christina @ It's a Keeper March 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Wow! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to the It's a Keeper Thursday blog hop! Be sure to come back next week and link something new!

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Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook March 22, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

LOL, your husband is funny! Those would be sinkers in my house! I like floaters :) Love Matzoh balls!

Judee March 27, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

I just found your blog and am looking forward to exploring the recipes. I linked a gluten free recipe for peanut butter and jelly muffins.
I have a question that I am putting out to the readers.
I use blogger and once I post, I can edit, but it sends the edit to all my readers. Has anyone figured out how to edit without it going out to everyone again?

Christy March 28, 2011 at 1:30 PM  

ahh...pure comfort food! love matzo ball soup..thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

HaleyLeann March 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

Yummy!!! You've got to love a good comfort food! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

Sandra VanHoey January 10, 2014 at 4:33 AM  

This is something I havve never tried to make but it sounds simple enough.I have to ask everyone here if they would like this and give it a try.

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