Arianna Brooks shares her recipe for Yaya’s Matzah Ball Soup. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Matzah Ball Soup – where have you been?! This is a deeply flavorsome chicken broth, with dumplings made from crushed matzo (a.k.a. unleavened bread), bound together with fat and egg.*
*As you probably notice, this dish is not vegan! This Kosher dish is the first Community Recipe in our series since JFH expanded from being a plant-based / vegan food only site.
Community Recipes is a recurring feature where we share your recipes on the Jewish Food Hero blog. If you want to share a recipe in this series, pitch us your idea here. This series is all about sharing healthy Kosher recipes. We are creating a positive community around food and sharing.
Tell us about yourself, Arianna Brooks!
Hi! I’m an author and former elementary school teacher, and I am married with two kids under 5. I grew up in Tel Aviv, Kfar Saba, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. And now I reside in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
As a matzah ball soup enthusiast, I am thrilled to share with you my eima’s (or Yaya to my children) matzah ball soup recipe.
In fact, I love matzah ball soup so much that I wrote a book about it!
Speaking of which – tell us about your children’s book!
I am currently working with my illustrator Torey Butner on the delicious sequel to My Mushy Matzah Ball, My Happy Hamentashen. My Happy Hamentashen will be out on Amazon in time for Purim.
What one food item could you not live without?
My favorite meal in the whole world is the “Blackened Salmon and grilled sweet potato” from Pinky’s Shrimp in Long Beach Island, NJ.
If I had to choose only one food item… Greek Town Spice from the Spice House. Greek oregano, garlic, lemon peel and plenty of salt. If you know, you know: it makes EVERY meal the BEST.
Can you recommend your favorite cookbook to us?
Cooking Through Trader Joe’s Cookbook Favorites by Kelsey Lynch
Jerusalem: A Cookbook by: Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi
Do you have a health tip to share?
Eat food that makes you feel good. Savor your meals and enjoy that dessert.
What’s the story behind your Yaya’s Matzah Ball Soup Recipe?
At the start of the pandemic, when everything was uncertain, I brought my two kids to live with my eima. She made matzah ball soup at the end of each chaotic week. It grounded us all and gave everyone something to look forward to. This matzah ball soup is a huge comfort, and filled with love.Print
At the start of the pandemic, when everything was uncertain, I brought my two kids to live with my eima. She made matzah ball soup at the end of each chaotic week. It grounded us all and gave everyone something to look forward to. This matzah ball soup is a huge comfort, and filled with love.
Yield: 20 matzah balls, 10 bowls of soup
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hours
For the Chicken Soup:
4 chicken thighs with bones and skin
2 parsnips, peeled and whole
1 sweet potato, peeled and whole
2 stalks of celery
1 onion, peeled and whole
10 cups water
1–2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 fresh dill sprigs
For the Matzah Balls:
4 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
¼ cup chicken soup broth
1 cup matzah meal
1 teaspoon salt
More Community Recipes
Jewish Food Hero’s Community Recipes feature is a space for us all to share our favorites and hear from a variety of people in our community. This is an easy and fun way to get new meal ideas and learn about each other. Since you’ve read Arianna’s, do you feel inspired to share your Kosher recipe? Don’t forget to get in touch to share your recipe too!
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