Matzo Balls (Knaidel)



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You can call them matzo balls or kneidlach (Knaidel is singular), but these Jewish soup dumplings are a staple of springtime eating.  Here is Ina Garten's (aka the Barefoot Contessa) version on the FoodNetwork.


  • 4 Extra-large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 Cup good chicken stock
  • 1/4 Cup rendered chicken fat, melted
  • 1/2 Cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for egg whites
  • 1 Cup matzo meal


Step 1:

  • Whisk together the egg yolks, chicken stock, chicken fat, parsley, and salt. Stir in the matzo meal. In the bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they are stiff. Whisk them into the matzo mixture until it is smooth. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or until the mixture is thick.

Step 2:

  • Form balls the size of golf balls by shaping them with 2 spoons, rolling them with your hands, or scooping them with a small ice cream scoop. Drop them into simmering chicken stock and cook for 30 minutes, or until fully cooked and puffed, turning once. Remove and serve hot in chicken soup.