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.

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!!

Ingredients.
2 T oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Glutino gluten free breadcrumbs (don't use Panko)
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
Directions
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)
Drop  in boiling water
Boil for about 35 minutes until center is soft

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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12 comments:

  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.

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  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: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/09/another-fur-baby-coat.html

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

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  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.

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    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.

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

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    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!

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  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?)
    Cass

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

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  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 :) http://www.youngnesters.net/2012/09/snacktime-saturday-week-3.html

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  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

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

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