Friday, September 14, 2012

Gluten Free Matzo Balls for Rosh Hashana

These Matzo Balls are so fabulous, I had to publish them again for the Jewish Holiday just in case you missed them when I published them last Rosh Hashanah.

Matzo balls were always one of my favorite foods before I became gluten free, so I really missed them.
I am a soup lover, and I had liked to eat matzo balls in my soup. Until now, I couldn't find a gluten free matzo ball recipe that really tasted authentic.

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If you have never tasted matzo balls, you are really missing out. They are very popular on the east coast in a bowl of chicken soup. Kids of all ages love them, and they are surprisingly easy to make.

For years, my friend Paula , who cooks for two gluten free family members ( her husband and son) , has been telling me about her gluten free matzo balls. I never thought much about them until I was invited to her house for dinner and actually tasted them: totally authentic and delicious. I'm hooked.

This is Paula's recipe, and I'm sharing it just in time for Rosh Hashana ( The Jewish New Year ).

For those celebrating the holiday- I say: "L'shana Tova" ( which means to a good year) and for those who are not I still wish everyone everyone the blessings of health, peace, and happiness in the coming year.

Enjoy these matzo balls in your favorite soup. They are fabulous!!

2 T oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Glutino gluten free breadcrumbs (don't use Panko) or on Passover use GF Passover matzo meal
1 tsp salt
2 T seltzer ( optional)
**  I used Glutino gluten free breadcrumbs as shown in the picture. It worked great. I tried it another time with gluten free panko breadcrumbs and it was a mess..
 ** If you do not have to make them gluten free, substitute regular ground matzo meal
Put up an 8qt pot of water and bring it to a boil with a little salt if you like

In the meantime
In a small bowl beat eggs and oil and set aside
In a separate bowl mix bread crumbs and salt.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and blend well with fork.
Add seltzer
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes ( this step is important)

Remove batter from refrigerator. Divide batter into just slightly smaller than golf ball size balls ( should make about 8-10 .
When water comes to a boil, drop in balls one at a time into the boiling water
Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes.
Add to warm soup and serve.

Step by Step

Assemble Ingredients
Beat eggs and oil

Mix in bread crumbs and salt . When mixed add seltzer.
Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes ( don't skip this)
Wet your hands and form into golf size balls ( makes about 12-13)
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Drop  in boiling water
Boil for about 35 minutes until center is soft

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Use a slotted spoon to remove from water. Add to soup and serve.

Matzo balls also freeze well, so you can make them in advance.
 To Freeze: Lay them out on a cookie sheet and allow the matzo balls to become very firm, then remove from the tray and add to a baggie and freeze

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  1. They look perfect. My sister-in-law makes something similar nowadays. There's just something about matzo ball soup.

    Funny tho, I usually associate it with the Manischewitz "Matzo ball and soup" in a box. And we all know that that particular soup has never been anywhere near a chicken!

    It's one of the few "packaged" foods that I enjoy, just for the nostalgia. Real, home made chicken soup with home made matzo balls still win the day, tho.

  2. Gluten Free!! Awesome. Going to have to try these. TFS!! Stopping by from It's A Hodge Podge linky party.

    Here is what I shared this week:

    1. You will love them. Taste exactly like the real thing!

  3. I love matzo ball soup and I have never made it. I have always felt that it isn't OK to make if your not Jewish... so I get big helpings over Jewish friends house. So silly, Jews make lasagna all the time. I just never thought I could, but I think I can follow your recipe and I am currently wheat free because of allergies.
    Happy New Year and thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

    1. Diane,
      Give them a try! They are easy to make, and if you like matzo balls, this is an awesome gluten free version. The best I ever tried.

  4. I had never thought it would be possible to make a good gluten-free matzah ball, but these look amazing!!! Shanah Tovah, Judee ... :)

    1. I agree. I had previously tried some recipes that came out pretty bad. These are great, but won't work for Passover because they are made with bread crumbs!

  5. Happy New Year, and thank you for this recipe.
    I have NEVER seen gluten free matzoh balls, but that is brilliant.
    First cold day, I may try this -- we all love matzoh ball soup!
    (Who does not?)

    1. Cass,
      If you need to eat gluten free, this is your recipe!!

  6. I can't believe I have NEVER made matzo balls for my family. My Grandma was always the master matzo ball maker but now that I have a son I'd love to start a new tradition with him. Thanks for the inspiration! I'd love if you came and shared at my healthy food link party :)

  7. Hi Judee,
    My friend brought me some Motzo Balls for soup the other day, they are so good. Your recipe looks awesome! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Thanks for linking up, I tweeted and pinned your recipe! :)


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