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Matzo Ball Soup With Black Garlic

Yield: Serves 4


For matzo balls

  • 2 large eggs, beaten 
  • 2 tablespoons schmaltz (can substitute canola oil)
  • ½ cup matzo meal 
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon 

For broth

  • 1 quart Mike’s Chicken Stock (can substitute store-bought chicken stock)
  • 2 carrots, sliced 
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced 
  • 4 black garlic cloves (can substitute 8 cloves roasted garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 

For Mike’s Chicken Stock

  • 1 whole chicken (3-4 pounds) or 2 chicken carcasses 
  • 2 medium onion, unpeeled, quartered 
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped 
  • 2 heads garlic, cut in half horizontally 
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns 
  • 2 parsley sprigs 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
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  • Step 1

    Mike’s Chicken Stock Instructions: 
    Put the chicken, onions, carrots, garlic, peppercorns, parsley, and salt in a large stockpot. Add just enough cold water to cover the chicken (about 4 quarts) and bring to a simmer over high heat. Lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, until the liquid is pale golden and flavorful, 3 to 4 hours. Strain and stir for up to 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer. Remember to save the schmaltz that rises to the top when the stock is chilled. 

  • Step 2

    Matzo Balls Instructions: 
    Combine the eggs and schmaltz in a medium bowl and stir until blended. Add the matzo meal, baking powder, and cinnamon and mix well. Using wet hands, tear off golf ball-size pieces of the dough and shape into rounds. 

    Bring a lightly salted pot of water to a boil and cook the matzo balls for 30 minutes, or until cooked through (cut one open to be sure). 

  • Step 3

    Broth Instructions: 

    Combine the stock, carrots, celery, black garlic, and salt in a large pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Remove and discard the black garlic. 

    Ladle the broth into soup bowls and add 2 matzo balls to each bowl. Top with dill and serve.