Last week, we discussed my only love for Passover: brisket. OK, so maybe I lied, because I do have strong ties to matzo ball soup, which we serve by the gallon at my Passover Seders.
It's the only form I can tolerate matzo in. In its most natural form, I am completely disgusted by it. A big, bland cracker wannabe is what it is. But somehow, matzo -- in its crushed-up, rolled-up, ball-like form -- added to homemade chicken soup is the second-best part of the entire Seder. Obviously, I salivate over the brisket the most. (Watching Charlton Heston be a badass is pretty cool too.) To make, blend together ¼ cup of vegetable oil with 4 eggs. Add in 1 cup of matzo meal (we are big Manischewitz fans) with 2 tsp of kosher salt and a dash of white pepper. Mix well. Add in ¼ cup of cold water and continue to mix thoroughly. Put in a covered container and chill for 4-6 hours. When ready to cook, boil a large pot of water and add 2-3 tablespoons of salt to the pot. To make the matzo balls, wet your hands with cold water, and scoop a tablespoon of the mixture. Form a rounded ball and carefully drop into the water. Continue with the rest of the mixture until done and simmer for 30-40 minutes. It will make about 12-15 matzo balls.
To make the chicken soup, put one chicken cut into pieces (two thighs, breasts, legs and wings) in a pot alongside 3-4 stalks of celery (cut into thirds), ½ pound of baby carrots (or 3-4 carrots cut into 2 inch chunks) and 6-8 mini onions (or one large onion cut into quarters). Cover all of it in water, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer all of it covered for about two hours, until the chicken is tender but not falling apart. Remove the chicken from the pot and take a slotted spoon to remove the veggies. Take the chicken off the bone.
Cook one 12 oz bag of fine egg noodles by following the directions on the bag.
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To serve, take two matzo balls, a tablespoon of pulled chicken, a tablespoon of noodles, and a few pieces of carrots, celery, and onion. Put in one large ladle of chicken soup. The recipe can be doubled for larger groups.