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Matzo Ball Soup with Dill-Horseradish Pistou
© Lucy Schaeffer

Matzo Ball Soup with Dill-Horseradish Pistou

  • ACTIVE: 1 HR
  • TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS 15 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 10
  • HEALTHY

Instead of sprinkling his soup with the customary bits of chopped fresh dill, Adam Perry Lang makes a vibrant horseradish and dill pistou (typically a condiment of fresh basil, garlic and olive oil). A swirl of the flavorful pistou brightens up the soup enormously.

Matzo Balls

  1. 8 large eggs, beaten
  2. 1/3 cup olive oil
  3. 1 cup seltzer or club soda
  4. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  5. 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  7. 2 cups matzo meal (10 ounces)

Pistou and Soup

  1. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 cup coarsely chopped dill
  3. 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh horseradish
  4. 1 garlic clove
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  7. 1 medium turnip, peeled and finely diced
  8. 1 celery rib, finely diced
  9. 1 large carrot, finely diced
  10. 5 quarts chicken stock, preferably homemade
  11. 8 cups diced chicken (3/4 inch), from two 3 1/2-pound chickens
  1. In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the olive oil, seltzer, salt, white pepper and ginger. Add the matzo meal and stir until moistened. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper. Scoop the matzo meal mixture into fifty 1-inch balls. Using lightly moistened hands, roll the matzo balls until smooth. Transfer to the baking sheets and refrigerate the matzo balls briefly.
  3. In a blender or food processor, pulse the olive oil with the dill, fresh horseradish, garlic, salt and white pepper until the dill is finely chopped and a sauce has formed.
  4. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the turnip, celery and carrot and cook the vegetables until they are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water.
  5. In a large pot of boiling salted water, simmer the matzo balls over very low heat, covered, until they are plump and cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in another large pot, heat the stock with the vegetables. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the matzo balls to the soup; simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and cook until heated through. Serve the soup in bowls with a dollop of the dill pistou.
Make Ahead The recipe can be prepared through Step 3; refrigerate overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc's bright, gooseberry-inflected zestiness is a good match for this light but flavorful soup. Some of the best Sauvignons come from New Zealand's Marlborough region; for a kosher choice, check out Goose Bay's bottlings.

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