Matzo is an unleavened bread that is essential to the celebration of Passover. In Jewish tradition, the eating of the matzo represents the exodus from Egypt. Since the Israelites left in such a hurry, there wasn't enough time for the dough to rise. You can still buy matzo outside of Passover to use in matzo ball soup, as an alternative to bread crumbs or as an easy dessert. You can even turn to Food & Wine's guide to learn how to make your own matzo from scratch.

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Chicken Soup with Rosemary Matzo Balls
At Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, chef Dan Barber prepares this soup with seasonal chicken (raised in late spring, summer and fall), using wings, backs, necks and feet. His recipe yields almost eight quarts of broth, so there's plenty to freeze. He likes serving the soup with fluffy matzo balls laced with rosemary. More Chicken Soup Recipes