What's the Secret to Good Matzo Ball Soup?

Even though the thermometer is nearing 60 degrees today in New York, we are still talking soup. And this is one of our favorites, albeit one we've never made ourselves. That's why we need your tips...

We know that a good matzo ball soup is essentially a good chicken soup. You want to create a rich, salty, chickeny broth for your matzo balls to swim around in.

But when it comes to the actual matzo balls, it gets tricky. The only ones we know, made for us as children, come from the recipe on the back of the Manischewitz box. Other recipes say schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) is essential. The recipe pictured above, which is from blogger Sassy Radish, calls for seltzer water. We assume that's to make the matzo balls fluffy.

Then there's the question of size. Do you go one big, tennis-sized ball in the middle of each bowl? Or several golf ball-sized ones? And what's the secret to keep the balls light but firm enough not to fall apart?

We realize there are a lot of jokes to be made about the word balls. We'll take the high road if you will.

Here are a few recipes we rounded up, but we'd love to know your best tips...

Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls, from Sassy Radish (above)
Matzo Ball Soup, from Coconut & Lime
Lemon Scented Chicken Soup with Parsley-Sage Matzo Balls, from Bon Appétit
Matzo Ball Soup, from Smitten Kitchen
Matzo Ball Soup, from The New York Times

Related: How to Make Chicken Stock

(Image: Flickr member sassyradish, licensed under Creative Commons)

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