What is it about holidays that are so memorable? Is it the food or the family?Jump to Recipe
I would say it is both. Holidays bring families together and gives the opportunity to enjoy one another and great food. I am sure you have many food traditions around your holidays. There are many in our household but this is an example of a tradition around the holiday of Passover.
Passover is a simple story of the Jews being freed from slavery. Matzah is a staple of this holiday. The story is the Jews did not have enough time to let their bread rise. So the flat bread of matzah was developed. We eat no bread for 8 days. You do not realize how much you miss bread & flour until you don’t get to eat it.
A few examples of other traditional holiday recipes include brisket and latkes. I will be making a brisket this year too.
The cast of characters.
Creating the Matzah Balls
The DIY Matzah Balls plated.
DIY Matzah Balls
Creating the holiday classic for Passover. My DIY Matzah Balls are firm and I like them a bit larger. It is served simply with carrots and parsley.
- 6 Whole Eggs room temperature
- 1 1/2 Cups Matzah meal
- 3/4 Cup Seltzer
- 1/3 Cup Olive oil
- 2 Tbsp Chicken schmaltz
- 2 Tbsp Kosher salt
Beat the eggs in a bowl using a fork. Follow up by adding the olive oil, seltzer water and schmaltz. Beat for 30 – 60 seconds. (Do not over beat).
Add in the matzah meal. Using the fork, mix until just combined. Move to the fridge for 1 hour.
Take mixture out of fridge while filling a pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Lightly oil your hands. Form the mixture into 2 inch balls until all the mixture is used. Drop the balls into the boiling water. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the matzah balls for 30 – 40 minutes. Remove from pot.
The traditional way to serve is in chicken broth with carrots and parsley. Enjoy!