Passover is a Jewish festival that commemorates the story of Exodus. In that story, ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt, and men, women and children of Jewish heritage celebrated that liberation during Passover, a seven- or eight-day festival that is one of the more widely observed Jewish holidays.
Passover celebrations begin on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. That day typically falls in March or April of the Gregorian calendar. One of the symbols of Passover is matzo, an unleavened flatbread made from flour and water. Though matzo is an enduring symbol of Passover, that does not mean it cannot be enjoyed at other times of the year. In fact, those who want to celebrate their Jewish heritage or even those who simply want to experience Jewish culture can enjoy matzo throughout the year. It’s even possible to get a little creative with matzo. Such is the case with the following recipe for “Chicken With Matzo Dumplings” from Michael van Straten’s “The Healthy Jewish Cookbook” (Frog, Ltd.). This delicious recipe can be a part of your Passover celebration or just a meal to sit down and enjoy with family and friends.
Chicken With Matzo Dumplings
Ingredients for the broth
1 leftover chicken carcass, all skin and fat removed
2 Spanish onions, 1 whole and unpeeled, the other peeled and chopped
1 leek, coarsely chopped
3 celery stalks, with leaves if possible, coarsely chopped
4 bay leaves
1 large spring of rosemary
2 large sprigs of thyme
1 large sprig of sage
4 large sprigs of parsley
12 white peppercorns
Note: You can use good-quality, low-salt kosher chicken stock cubes or bouillon powder, but the recipe above for homemade broth is recommended.
Ingredients for the dumplings:
7 ounces medium matzo meal (about 8 matzo sheets, ground up)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 grindings of black pepper
2 pinches of salt