Potato Matzah Balls

Add some potato to your matzah ball soup.


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Sinkers or floaters? That was the question always asked of Grandma Minnie's kneidels [matzah balls] at the first seder. Would her always delicious matzah balls sink to the bottom of her wonderfully rich chicken soup, or would they float delicately over the surface. The answer to the question was never certain; some years they sank with a slightly chewy texture and other years they floated with a melt-in-your-mouth lightness. What causes the difference? It comes from the ratio of eggs to matzah meal and the amount of air whipped into the eggs. Too much oil added to the mix will make them sink, as will removing the cover while they cook.

For a more classic approach, try this recipe. We've also got more varieties, like these matzah balls with fresh herbs and spices, healthy matzah balls with no fat or cholesterol, ones that are especially light and fluffy, and yet another approach that's sure to please your taste buds.<<< Less


2 jumbo eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons grated onion
1/3 cup potato flour
3 tablespoons matzah meal
4 cups grated, drained raw potatoes




Categories: Soup, Ashkenazi, Classics, Eastern European, Holidays, Pesach


Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add a teaspoon of salt.

Beat the eggs, salt, and onions together. Add the potato flour, matzah meal, and potatoes. With well greased hands, shape into balls about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Cook until they rise to the top, about 20-30 minutes.

Matzah Ball Hints

* Use well oiled or wet hands to form the balls. This (usually) ensures a matzah ball with a definite shape that doesn't fall apart.

* Unless otherwise stated, cover the matzah balls as they simmer. DON'T PEEK! Somehow, peeking causes the matzah balls to fall.

* Add some of your favorite herbs or spices to any of these recipes. Some common additions are cayenne pepper, parsley, chopped chives, grated onion, grated garlic, and ground ginger. These all add a delicious flavor to your matzah balls.

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Joni Schockett

Joni Schockett is a freelance food writer.