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Chicken Matzo Ball Soup Recipe – Chicken Dumpling Soup
Chicken Matzo Ball Soup is considered Jewish comfort food with the popular nickname of “Jewish Penicillin” because it is the soup that can cure anything! Just ask any Jewish Mother, and they will tell you their recipe is the best version which of course is made with love. Chicken matzo ball soup also happens to be the traditional soup served during the Passover Seder holiday. The matzo ball dumplings in the soup represent the unleavened bread that the Israelites ate during the eight days journey when they escaped slavery from ancient Egypt. Ellen Easton shares this recipe as part of her Passover Seder dinner menu.
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History of Matzo Balls:
Matzo balls are also known as knoedel or knoedela which was a European tradition that Germans, Austrians, Alsatains, and the Polish used in their soups. These dumplings were made from the leftover crumbs of matzo bread. In the 1930’s, the Manischewitz company in the United states, which produces and sells kosher foods, began packaging and selling them as “Alsatain Feathery Balls.” It is believed that Jewish vaudville comedians started dubbing them as “Matzo Balls.” The texture of the matzo balls can be light as a feather and float on top of the soup or more dense causing them to sink down the soup. Many refer the matzo balls as either “floaters” or “sinkers” and the topic is of much debate on which is preferred.
Celebrating Passover:The History and Symbolism of Matzo Balls, The Salt What’s On Your Plate, NPR.org, April 3, 2015
How to Master Matzo Ball Soup, Bon Appetit, Recipes section, by Alison Roman, April 2nd, 2014
Chicken Matzo Ball Soup Recipe:
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