Matzo Ball Soup


The secret ingredient in these matzo balls is the drippings from a freshly roasted chicken. The savory chicken flavor of this homemade schmaltz is incomparable when added to the matzo ball mixture. In terms of texture, these matzo balls are firm without being dense, and slightly fluffy.

What you will need

1 whole chicken

12 cloves garlic, divided

1/2 lemon

6 sprigs fresh thyme

2 sprigs fresh sage

Olive oil


32 ounces unsalted chicken stock

32 ounces water (replace water with chicken stock if your stock is homemade)

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

1 tablespoon whole coriander

1 yellow onion, large diced

1 bay leaf

1 cup loosely packed fresh dill

2 medium carrots, washed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 ribs of celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 cups cooked shredded chicken

4 eggs, lightly beaten

5 tablespoons chicken fat

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons chicken stock

1 cup matzo meal

2 tablespoons seltzer

A handful of chopped fresh dill sprigs to garnish


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