My friend Judie makes these every Shabbat and her family won’t even consider eating another kind.
Fresh Parsley tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Special Instructions” for instructions on how to inspect parsley for insect infestation.
1/2 cup club soda
3 tablespoon vegetable oil or chicken fat (schmaltz)
2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
2 teaspoon dried parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup matzo meal
In a bowl whisk the eggs until just blended. Add the club soda, vegetable oil or schmaltz, salt and pepper. Go easy on the salt. Blend in the parsley and matzo meal. Cover and refrigerate this mixture for about 1 hour.
Bring about 5 quarts of water to boil. Rub vegetable oil on hands and form matzo balls with about two tablespoons of mixture. Drop in boiling water and simmer covered and don’t peek (okay, maybe once or twice) for about 25 to 35 minutes.
Fresh Parsley and Insect Inspection:
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.
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.
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.)