Matzo Ball Soup with Black Garlic

There are some people who like dense matzo balls—but I'm not one of them, and you shouldn't be either. These are super fluffy and really tender, with a pinch of cinnamon that's absolutely magic.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 30 min
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Ingredients

Matzo Ball Soup

2 quarts chicken stock, recipe follows

2 carrots, sliced

2 ribs celery, sliced

4 cloves black garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 bunch parsley

My Chicken Stock

1 whole chicken, 3-4 lb

2 medium onions

3 carrots

2 heads garlic

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

2 sprigs parsley

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

Matzo Balls

2 large eggs

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons schmaltz (chicken fat), at room temperature

1/2 cup matzo meal

Pinch of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Place the finished stock into a large pot and add the celery, carrots, black garlic, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Remove and discard the black garlic.

My Chicken Stock

  1. Wash onions and quarter, leaving skins on. Washing garlic and cut horizontally, leaving peel on. Peel carrots and roughly chop. Put the chicken, onions, carrots, garlic, peppercorns, parsley, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large stockpot. Add just enough cold water to cover the chicken (about 4 quarts) and bring to a simmer over high heat; then lower temperature to keep the stock a gentle simmer. Cook, covered, until the liquid is pale, golden, and flavorful, 3-4 hours. Strain and reserve the schmaltz (chicken fat) that rises to the top when the stock is chilled.

Matzo Balls

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add salt, schmaltz, cinnamon, matzo meal, and baking powder; mix well. Loosely cover and chill, 30 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a low boil. When the matzo ball mixture is chilled and set, tear off golf ball-sized pieces and shape into rounds using wet hands. (Be aware that the balls will double or triple in size when cooked!) Gently drop the matzo balls into the boiling water and cook, 30 minutes or until cooked through; you can cut one open to check doneness.
  3. Assemble the soup: Once matzo balls are fluffy and tender, remove to individual serving bowls. Ladle broth on top of matzo balls, garnish with parsley sprigs, and serve.