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Matza Ball soup from a Mexi-Jew!

January 6, 2017

 

 

Hello stepmammas and happy Shabbat! Growing up with a Mexican mother and Jewish father, I had a very culturally rich upbringing (and I got to celebrate more holidays than anyone I knew!). In my house, eating a quesadilla for lunch and then latkas at dinner was the norm! It was lots of fun and I am excited to not only share my delicious Mexican food recipes with you here at Nacho Mom, but also some Jewish inspired cuisine.

 

My husband and I really try to keep religion alive in our home and one of our favorite ways of doing that is by having Friday night Shabbat dinners together (my sisters and mom join us too which makes it even more fun!). Every week from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, we are supposed to have a day of rest according to the Jewish religion. Of course as a mom/stepmom/wife, rest is an impossibility. But at least I get to enjoy the yummy feast with everyone on Friday night!

 

So tonight, one of the items on the Shabbat dinner menu is matza ball soup. It is an easy recipe but everyone does it a little differently. Here is my rendition:

 

Serves: 4-6 people

Cook time: 50 minutes

Prep time: 15 minutes

 

-Dice 3 stalks of celery & 3 carrots and sauté in butter for about 5 minutes on low/medium heat

-Add 1 diced yellow onion and 2 minced garlic cloves and sauté everything for an additional 3 minutes

-Add 6 cups of chicken stock, 2 cups of water and 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and bring everything to a boil

-Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes

-After 30 minutes, remove the chicken, shred it up, and add it back to the pot

-While the soup is doing the 30 minnute simmer listed above, you can make the matza ball mixture

-Mix together the following: 3 whisked eggs, 3 tbsp Vegetable oil, 3 tbsp water, ¾ cup matza meal, ½ tsp baking powder, salt & pepper

-Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes

-After 30 minutes, remove the mixture from the fridge and form 1inch balls using your hands and drop into the soup pot

-Once all the balls are in, simmer the whole thing for 20 minutes, covered

 

And that’s it! The only thing left to do it enjoy!!

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