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Matzo Ball Recipes That Are Almost As Good As Your Mother's

From 'sinkers' to 'floaters' there's a matzo ball for everyone.
03/21/2013 11:00pm ET | Updated April 10, 2014

Okay, everyone -- whether you call them matzo balls, matzoh balls, matzah balls or kneidlach, these Jewish soup dumplings are a staple of springtime eating. And, as with any well-loved traditional food, we all have our own opinions about what the "best kind of matzo ball" is. We prefer ours to be fluffy, studded with herbs, swimming in a clear broth with some vegetables and chunks of chicken. But you should know that the floaters vs. sinkers debate still rages on, and that there are people on this earth (like one of our grandfathers) who prefer their matzo balls to be the consistency of a golf ball, with the buoyancy of a depth charge. Although it pains us to say so, he is also right, as there is no bad matzo ball.

Any repeat-maker of excellent matzo balls will tell you their own superstitions about how to keep them fluffy or dense -- every trick from adding seltzer to the batter (we say don't) to keeping the lid firmly closed while they cook (we can't decide if this works or not) comes into play. A few tricks we know to be absolutely true: when you're mixing up your dumpling batter, stir just until combined if you want fluffy matzo balls. Over-mixing is a major culprit in rock-hard matzo dumplings. Also, when rolling your batter into balls, don't pack them too much, you want to keep the air in there for floaters.

Although matzo ball soup is traditionally eaten on Passover (on account of, you know, the matzo), we love to eat matzo balls all year long, with seasonally appropriate vegetables chucked into the broth. Until now, we'd only eaten these dumplings in soup -- among the delicious recipes we pulled together for matzo ball soup, you'll also find a recipe for matzo balls that we never would have expected, but obviously need to eat immediately.

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Matzo Ball Soup
Brown Eyed Baker
Get the Matzo Ball Soup recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
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Chicken-Matzo Ball Soup
The Bitten Word
Get the Chicken-Matzo Ball Soup recipe from The Bitten Word
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Saffron Matzo Balls
Taste With The Eyes
Get the Saffron Matzo Balls recipe from Taste With The Eyes
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Okra Soup With Duck Fat Matzo Balls
Kitchen Tested
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Joan Nathan's Chosen Matzo Ball Soup
James Ransom/Food52
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Spinach Matzo Balls
Brian Samuels
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Matzo Ball Soup With Chicken Meatballs And Homemade Chicken Broth
Foodie Crush
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Mushroom-Jalapeño Matzo Ball Soup
Pati Jinich
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Vegan Matzo Ball Soup with Spring Vegetables
Veg Kitchen With Nava Atlas
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Egg Drop Matzo Ball Soup
What Jew Wanna Eat
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Deep Fried Matzo (Matzah) Balls With Wasabi Cream Sauce
What Jew Wanna Eat?
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Lobel's Matzo Ball Soup
Alison Spiegel
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Gluten Free Matzo Balls
The Shiksa in the Kitchen
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Light And Fluffy Matzo Balls In Chicken Soup
Flat Art Studios
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