Sunday, July 19, 2009

For Jake who is not feeling to well.

Chicken Soup and Matzo Balls
Penny Style

1 whole chicken (organic please) cut into 8-10 pieces
Garlic to taste
1 onion, roughly chopped
3-4 carrots, roughly chopped
2-3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
Pinch of whole peppercorns
Water to cover

Place everything in a soup pot. Bring to a boil, skimming scum as needed. Cover and simmer for 3-4 hours. Cool before straining out vegetables and chicken. Store clear chicken stock in a container with an airtight lid. Place in fridge over night. Pull chicken off the bones and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Next day, skim the fat off the clear stock and place in a soup pot. Add 2 carrots and 2 celery stalks diced finely. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes. Add chicken and cook just until hot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley. Add Matzo Balls if desired.

Matzo Balls
Makes about 12

4 tablespoons canola oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup Matzo Meal
2 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoon club soda
3 tablespoons scallion, diced finely
1 tablespoon parsley, diced finely

Blend all the ingredients together. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, turn to simmer. With a small scoop place one ball at a time into water. Cover with lid and do not peak until the timer goes off after 20 minutes. Add to soup.

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