Monday, July 2, 2012

Chorizo & Purple Potato-Stuffed Matzo Balls

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

2 eggs
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!


  1. The purple potato adding great color for this yummy matzo balls,great recipe,sound delicious !!

  2. Yum yum!! Glad to hear that culinary school is going well! These non-kosher matzo balls look and sound quite fabulous. Hope you have a nice 4th of July :)

  3. i'm so jealous and i can't WAIT to hear what you learn about charcuterie stuff. also jealous of your hot weather - wanna share lovely? ;)

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  4. I'm a new fan of your blog! Your recipes are incredibly thought out and adventurous. Right up my alley! I look forward to seeing what you come up with next. These matzo balls are to die for!

  5. Hi Peggy! So fun to hear what you are experiencing! Worcestershire sauce have to sit for at least 5 weeks? Wow, it is like a science and it must be so much fun! Please continue sharing those experiences with us! Your stuffed matzo balls look delicious! I bet it's hard to stop after eating one after another... Happy July 4th! :-)

  6. Wow stuffed matzo...with purple yum.. looks yum.....yum....yummmm:).

  7. youve got a beautiful blog here, fantastic pictures! I've nominated you for the versatile blogger awards, as your blog continues to impress me.

  8. You are learning so many fun things at school. What an adventure! Those meatballs look terrific!

  9. I have never seen a purple potato, but this sounds really interesting. Thanks for this one Diane

  10. At first the idea of these strange matzo balls was...well, strange. :) But matzo meal is really just a flour substitute and I think these little fried balls sound delicious.

  11. Okay it's official, I love you. These look really good. My sis grows purple potatoes. Super good.

  12. Mmmm. matzo balls! What a cool spicy twist on a classic.

  13. oh my gosh these sound delicious! I hate to admit I've never actually had a matzo ball before...but with chorizo and potato, what's not to love!