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Turkey Matzo Ball Soup – That Old Thanksgivingukkah Classic

Soup is always an obvious choice for leftover-turkey-themed videos, but it wasn’t until I heard about “Thanksgivingukkah,” that I knew that soup would be turkey matzo ball.

This year, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same date for the first time since 1888, and this rare occurrence has been deemed, “Thanksgivingukkah.” And when we say rare, we mean rare, as this convergence will not happen again for another 77,000 years!


As I mention in the video, while pleased with my matzo ball skills, I’m not sure I’ve ever had the real thing (if that even exists), and so I don’t have anything to measure mine against. I’ve had it at delicatessens out here, but never in NYC, or other more legit locations. I’m using what seems to be a fairly standard formula, and they are quite light and tender, so until informed otherwise, I’m going assume these are pretty good.

However, there is one thing I would love to know. Why do “we” boil the matzo balls in salted water, instead of the soup? I’ve heard it’s so the broth doesn’t get cloudy, but is that really all there is to it? Speaking of the broth, yours will undoubtedly be superior to mine. By the time I got to this video, I only had a few scrawny pounds of meat and bones left, and yet it still came out wonderfully flavorful.


If you use all the scraps from a decent sized bird, you should get an incredibly rich broth, which is exactly what you want to be ladling over your matzo balls. As far as extra ingredients go, I like a minimalist approach with this soup, but of course, feel free to embellish your stockpot with whatever you see fit.

Some of this will be determined by how you season your Thanksgiving bird, and I can personally verify that this year’s Peruvian version worked nicely. So, I hope you enjoy the coming Thanksgivingukkah, and here’s hoping the end of your turkey means the beginning of a delicious matzo ball soup. Enjoy!


Ingredients for 4 portions (I only served one matzo ball, but this will make enough soup for 4 portions with 2 matzo balls per serving):

For the turkey broth:
3-4 pounds of roasted turkey bones and meat scraps (use everything you have, the fattier the pieces the better)
at least 2 quarts water or chicken broth, or enough to cover
1 large onion, chopped
2 ribs celery
– simmer on low for 3 hours or until all the meat falls off the bones and it’s flavorless.
– skim and reserve at least 4 tbsp of the melted fat that rises to the top
– strain, and you should have about 6 cups of broth. If you have more, reduce down to 6 cups (do not season with salt until reduced). If you didn’t get quite 6 cups, just add some chicken broth to make up the difference.

Note: my turkey was already very well seasoned, so I didn’t need to add much to the stockpot. You can adjust your broth according, and can certainly add things like bay leaf, thyme springs, parsley stems, etc.

For the matzo balls (makes 8):

2 large beaten eggs
2 tbsp rendered melted turkey fat
1 tsp fine salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
pinch of cayenne
2 tbsp seltzer or club soda
1/2 cup matzo meal
– Mix and chill 30 minutes at least
– Boil in salted water (1 1/2 quarts water with 1 1/2 tablespoons salt) for 30 minutes and serve with turkey broth

For the soup:
2 tbsp rendered melted turkey fat
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced celery
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
6 cups very rich turkey or chicken broth (see recipe above)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped dill
8 cooked matzo balls!

Greek Style Spatchcocked Chicken

Greek Style Spatchcocked Chicken

by Pam on October 29, 2013

I was in the mood to roast a chicken and I was craving Greek flavors so this recipe was born. I decided to Spatchcock the chicken and cook the veggies with a bit of chicken broth together with the chicken which resulted in a moist and tender chicken, flavorful sauce, and delicious veggies. I served this chicken with my Garlic Rice[1] and we spooned a bit of the sauce and the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and olives on top of the rice  and it was AMAZING. I also paired this recipe with the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic, Lemon, and Feta[2] and it was a delicious meal!

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Prepare the chicken, spatchcocking instructions found at Cookthink[3]. Coat your roasting pan with cooking spray.

Place the spatchcocked chicken in your roasting pan then add the tomatoes, onion, kalamata olives, and garlic around the sides of the chicken. Drizzle the chicken with a bit of olive oil. Rub the olive oil all over the top of  the bird so it’s evenly coated. Season the chicken and tomatoes well with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, garlic powder, and oregano, to taste. Pour the chicken broth in the bottom of the roasting pan.

Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone. Put the chicken into the oven and roast for 60-75 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 170 degrees. Remove the chicken from the oven then add the parsley leaves to the vegetables and sauce. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest on a cutting board for 7-10 minutes before carving. Once the sauce has settled for a few minutes, remove as much fat from the top as possible. Using a slotted spoon, remove the veggies from the sauce and  into a serving bowl. Serve veggies and sauce on top of rice, if desired. Enjoy.

 



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Greek Style Spatchcocked Chicken




Yield: 8

Cook Time: 60-75 min.



Ingredients:

1 5 lb whole chicken, giblets removed from cavity
2 cups of grape or cherry tomatoes
1/2 sweet yellow onion, sliced
Handful of kalamata olives, halved
10 cloves of garlic
Drizzle of olive oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
Oregano, to taste
3/4 cup chicken broth

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Prepare the chicken, spatchcocking instructions found at Cookthink. Coat your roasting pan with cooking spray.

Place the spatchcocked chicken in your roasting pan then add the tomatoes, onion, kalamata olives, and garlic around the sides of the chicken. Drizzle the chicken with a bit of olive oil. Rub the olive oil all over the top of the bird so it’s evenly coated. Season the chicken and tomatoes well with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, garlic powder, and oregano, to taste. Pour the chicken broth in the bottom of the roasting pan.

Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone. Put the chicken into the oven and roast for 60-75 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 170 degrees. Remove the chicken from the oven then add the parsley leaves to the vegetables and sauce. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest on a cutting board for 7-10 minutes before carving. Once the sauce has settled for a few minutes, remove as much fat from the top as possible. Using a slotted spoon, remove the veggies from the sauce and into a serving bowl. Serve veggies and sauce on top of rice, if desired. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Garlic Rice (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic, Lemon, and Feta (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Cookthink (www.cookthink.com)
  4. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Stuffing with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Water Chestnuts

Stuffing with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Water Chestnuts

by Pam on November 19, 2013

I saw this recipe on Closet Cooking[1] and decided it would pair beautifully with the simple turkey I was preparing for an early Thanksgiving meal. It was very simple to make and tasted wonderful. The only thing I would do differently next time would be to dice the bread smaller. The sausage flavor was delicious and it’s flavor went so well with the mushrooms and bread. I loved the bit of crunch the water chestnuts gave to this stuffing. Thanks for the terrific recipe Kevin[2]!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casing and cook until no longer pink, making sure to break the meat up into crumbles, about 5 minutes. Add the butter, onions, and celery to the pan then sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, sage, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sauté until everything is tender and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the quarter cup of chicken broth (or wine), deglaze the pan and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Mix the sausage, vegetables, parsley, chestnuts, and bread in a large bowl then mix in the broth until all of the bread is moist but not soggy. Pour the mixture into a baking dish coated in cooking spray and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the tin foil and continue cooking until the top turns nice and golden brown, about 10 minutes.



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Stuffing with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Water Chestnuts




Yield: 8+

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes



Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
3 links of turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
8 oz mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/4 cup of chicken broth (or white wine)
1 handful parsley, chopped
1 can of sliced water chestnuts, chopped
1 day old loaf Italian bread cut into bite sized cubes
2 cups chicken broth, warm

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casing and cook until no longer pink, making sure to break the meat up into crumbles, about 5 minutes. Add the butter, onions, and celery to the pan then sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, sage, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sauté until everything is tender and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the quarter cup of chicken broth (or wine), deglaze the pan and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Mix the sausage, vegetables, parsley, chestnuts, and bread in a large bowl then mix in the broth until all of the bread is moist but not soggy. Pour the mixture into a baking dish coated in cooking spray and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the tin foil and continue cooking until the top turns nice and golden brown, about 10 minutes.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by Closet Cooking

References

  1. ^ Closet Cooking (www.closetcooking.com)
  2. ^ Kevin (www.closetcooking.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)