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Asian Mushroom Matzo Ball Soup

Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat puts a spin on this classic Passover staple with a bit of mushroom love.

Mushroom Matzo Ball Soup by What Jew Wanna Eat

Matzo ball soup is a traditional Passover dish made with a rich stock, tons of vegetables and hearty matzo dumplings. This Asian twist uses shitake mushrooms in the dumplings and soup, with fresh cilantro and a spicy kick from jalapeños. It’s still kosher for Passover thanks to a secret ingredient that mimics the flavor of soy sauce.

A fun addition to your Passover Seder, or a light lunch on its own, this dish can easily be vegetarian. I recommend homemade stock, but store bought works in a pinch! Feel free to leave out the jalapenos for the kids, and season to taste to amp up the flavor!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 10 cups stock
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • ¼ cup green onions, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup shitake mushrooms, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup carrots, julienne
  • ½ cup shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 6 lime wedges

Instructions

  1. First, make your matzo balls. In a medium bowl, whisk ½ cup of stock with eggs. Then mix in matzo meal, green onions, minced shitake mushrooms, minced cilantro, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Since the dough will be sticky, refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  2. When you are ready to cook, form matzo meal concoction into about 14 1-inch balls.
  3. Now, make your soup. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Lower to a simmer and add matzo balls. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes until matzo balls puff up and are cooked through.
  4. In a separate stockpot, add remaining broth, ginger, balsamic vinegar, carrots and mushrooms and simmer for 10-15 minutes until flavors meld and carrots and mushrooms are cooked. Add matzo balls to the soup and serve with jalapeno, cilantro, green onions and lime as garnish!

Meet the 2014 Mushroom Channel Blogger Ambassadors

Mushroom and Fontinta Tartine

Every week here on the Mushroom Channel we’re sharing mouthwatering mushroom recipes, that will make you want to head straight for the kitchen.  Whether it’s an inventive take on a caprese sandwich or a simple basic, we’re always amazed by the amount of recipes that we collect year over year.

If you’re starting to wonder where so many of our delicious recipes come from, it’s the amazing blogger ambassadors we partner with every year who bring their mushroom inspiration to all of our Newsfeeds.

With the start of a fabulous year ahead, we’re excited to introduce the 2014 panel of ambassadors.  Take a look at some of their featured mushroom dishes below and get inspired to keep those healthy New Year’s resolutions!

2014 Blogger Panel

What’s Gaby Cooking?

Bell’alimento

A Cozy Kitchen

Add a Pinch

Cheeky Kitchen

Savory Simple

Chez Us

Mushrooms Toast 2013 and Look Forward to 2014

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

You’ve heard of the big shiny ball drop in Time Square every New Year’s Eve, but you’ve probably never heard of the… Mushroom Drop.  Mushrooms are always fresh and seasonal in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the mushroom growing capital of the world, but this New Year’s Eve the mighty mushroom is taking on a whole new role.

As the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve in Kennett Square, a magnificent mushroom weighing in at over 700 pounds will glide to the ground to kick off the new year. If you live nearby, you can find the details here to join in on the fun! If you’re not going to be near Kennett Square this holiday, be sure to stay tuned for highlights and photos right here on The Mushroom Channel.

No matter where you are on New Year’s Eve you can be sure to have one final indulgence before the resolutions begin with our tasty recipe ideas below!

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Gooey Kennett Mushroom Macaroni and Cheese

Mushroom Burger with Fried Egg and Truffle Oil via Daily Meal

Blue Cheese Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms with Buffalo Sauce via Half Baked Harvest

Cheers to a wonderful 2014!

Resolve to Involve Mushrooms

Mushroom New Year

As the New Year approaches, living a healthier lifestyle tops the list of resolutions for many. Resolving to live a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods. Rather, making strides towards these goals can be as simple as resolving to include mushrooms in a variety of recipes this year.  Swapping or blending mushrooms into dishes you already love gives a new twist to your family’s favorite recipes.

Filled with everything from decadent party platters to burgers that keep grill-lovers on their toes, 2013 has been the year of the mushroom. To celebrate, we’re counting down to 2014 with a countdown of this year’s top “Mushroom Moments”:

What was your favorite mushroom moment of 2013?

Top Ten Reasons to Enjoy Mushrooms This Holiday Season

Mushroom Meatballs

Sugar and spice, and everything nice tops the list of holiday essentials, but we’re certain that mushrooms are the true hero of the holiday season. From small bites to a full feast, mushrooms are the perfect ingredient for every occasion. If you’re not convinced take a look at our top ten reasons to enjoy mushrooms for the holidays.

1) They’re always in season. From the Fourth of July to New Year’s Eve, mushrooms are always fresh and available.

2) Your guests will never know they are eating a “healthy” meatball appetizer when you replace a portion of ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms. Try these Crimini and Pork meatballs from our featured recipe tab.  (Pictured Above)

3) They are a natural source of Vitamin D, a perfect way to get your daily dose as the sun sets early.

4) From the hearty portabella to the savory shiitake, there is always a variety to choose from. Check out our Variety Pinterest board to learn more!

5) Stuffed mushrooms are always a crowd favorite. You can even combine two appetizers in one with Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms.

6) Portabella mushrooms make a great canvas for leftovers. Try these Portabella Pizettes that combine a variety of holiday flavors.

7) Not a lot of time to spend in the kitchen before guests arrive? These No-Bake Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect appetizer to whip up in minutes.

8) This Mushroom Lasagna from What’s Gaby Cooking will have guests talking for days after the party.

9) There is never a shortage of mushroom recipes. We have more than 1,000 recipe ideas on our Pinterest boards.

10) They are healthy, versatile and delicious. What more do you need?

Happy Holidays!