Traditional matzah ball soup.

Most frequently eaten at Passover, matzah ball soup is a traditional Jewish food.

It is usually based on a chicken broth, but it can be made with a vegetarian base. Matzah ball soup frequently contains pieces of chicken, carrots, celery, and of course, to be matzah ball soup, it must have matzah balls.

There are debates about which kinds of matzah balls are best: large and fluffy or tight, compact and hard as a golf ball (guess which camp the author of this article falls in?). Entire afternoons can be spent by cooks discussing the relative merits of different kinds of ingredients: chicken fat versus oil, the use of soda water, etc.

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