Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Stuffed and Baked Matzo Balls (Pareve or Meat)

Aileen Goltz. | Not Listed

Fresh parsley tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Special Instructions” below for instructions on how to check parsley for insect infestation.

Ingredients

Vegetable oil for greasing muffin pans
4 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup matzo meal
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
6 tablespoons chicken soup or water (pareve or meat)

Filling:
1 onion, chopped extra fine
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons matzo meal
1 egg yolk
salt and freshly ground pepper
dash of cinnamon
water
oil
12 cups chicken soup


Instructions

Grease cups of a 12-cup muffin pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and oil together. Stir in the matzo meal, salt and parsley. Add the chicken soup or water. Refrigerate 1 hour or more, to absorb the liquid.  Meanwhile, make the filling. Fry onion in oil or chicken fat over medium heat until it is very crisp. Cool slightly and then mix in 2 tablespoons matzo meal and egg yolk. Season to taste with salt, pepper and cinnamon.

Dip palms of your hands in cold water. Form 12 matzo balls from the refrigerated mixture, making them about the diameter of a 50-cent piece, wetting your hands as needed to keep them from sticking. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling into the middle of the matzo ball and close well.  Fill a 6-quart pot with a lid with salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and drop in the matzo balls. Cover pot and cook just at a simmer for 30 minutes or until plump.  Remove matzo balls with a slotted spoon and put them in the greased muffin tins. Coat each matzo ball with a little oil and bake in preheated 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. To serve, place one matzo ball in the center of a soup bowl and spoon chicken soup over. 

Fresh Parsley and Insect Infestation: Fresh Parsley and other herbs (including basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme) are often used as spices or garnishing. Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water. Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used. Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure. Recommendation: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found, proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs, it should not be used. Inspection: 1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.) 2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs. 3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs. 4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light. 5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs. 6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.