January 4, 2015

Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Recipe: Eric Vellend

While you can make perfectly delicious matzo balls with vegetable oil, duck fat will yield the most sublime results. Jewish cooks traditionally save the fat skimmed from making chicken stock — called schmaltz — for these dumplings.


Matzo Balls

  • 4 larg eeggs
  • 2 tbsp duck fat or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄4 cup homemade chicken stock
  • 1 cup matzo meal


  • 8 cups homemade chicken stock
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled, sliced
  • 1 leek (white and light green parts only), sliced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • Fresh dill leaves (for garnish)


Yield: Serves 6 to 8

  1. To make matzo balls, whisk together eggs, duck fat or oil, baking powder, salt and stock. With a rubber spatula, fold in matzo meal until combined. Cover and refrigerate dough at least 3 hours.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. With oiled hands, form heaping tbsps of dough into 1 1⁄2″-diam. balls. Add balls to water. Cover. Adjust heat to maintain lively simmer. Boil until cooked through, 45 to 50 minutes. (When cooked through they will be a uniform color; if undercooked the center will still be dark.) Carefully transfer to tray with slotted spoon.
  3. To make soup, bring stock to a simmer. Season with salt. Add celery, carrot and leeks. Simmer until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken and matzo balls. Cook until heated through, 2 minutes. Ladle into warm bowls. Garnish with dill.

Angus Fergusson


House & Home February 2013

Tags: soup