How is everyone?!
School started back up last Monday (hence my absence all week!) and I couldn't be more excited for what's to come this quarter. I'm in Garde Manger - which is basically all cold prep and charcuterie -type stuff. Can't wait to share what I learn with you guys!
We basically just spent the first week butchering different animals - fish, duck, chicken, pork, beef. And this week we've already made Worcestershire sauce (it has to sit for at least 5 weeks before being fully developed!) and some infused vinegar (my group made a lemongrass, orange, and thyme infused vinegar - majorly excited about that) and some garlic salt! Our vinegar and salt is supposed to be incorporated into our 6 course final at the end of the quarter, so I'll be busy brainstorming the possibilities!
I made a trip to the Farmer's Market Saturday morning and ended up with some local chorizo and some purple potatoes (among the other plethora of things I nabbed up!). I had some Matzo meal that has been staring me in the face every time I walked into my pantry so I figured it was begging to be used up - and I didn't want to go the normal route and make some soup - it is WAY too hot for that right now!
So I ended up deep frying these babies and making a totally non-kosher Matzo ball. And they were every bit of delicious.
Makes about 12 matzo balls
1 oz. water
1 oz. unsalted butter, softened
2 oz. matzo meal
1/4 cup ground chorizo, cooked and cooled
1/4 cup mashed potatoes (I boiled off about 3-4 small purple potatoes and quickly mashed them), cooled
salt and pepper, to taste
oil, for frying
In a medium bowl, combine the eggs and water. Beat until mixed together. Stir in butter.
Add matzo meal, chorizo, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined.
Chill mixture for about 1 hour.
Portion into 2 tablespoon rounds - you'll end up with about 12-15 balls.
Bring oil to frying temperature (around 375F), and fry until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.
Transfer to paper towel-lined plates to dry and season with additional salt, if needed.
Now chow down!
Hope you all have a great week - stay cool!