In the lore of great matzo balls, there are three truths:
- One is either born into a family that believes in light, fluffy matzo balls -- that float and soak up the goodness of the chicken soup they're cooked in; or dense, heavy 'dumpling' of a matzo balls that sink to the bottom of the pot they're cooked in.
- The light and fluffy floating matzo balls are superior.
- Those who try to contest point 2, are just wrong.
Alright, I'll admit. I'm slightly biased, but only because I believe my mother's matzo ball soup is the most supremely delicious soup I've ever tasted. Those who believed in "sinkers" have tried her soup and have changed their tune.
I dare you to ask a group of Jewish women what the proper way to cook a matzo ball is. It's going to be a riot. Why? Fist, because most Jews are insanely passionate about their side of the floater/sinker debate. However, you may also receive strict instructions to "duct tape the lip of the pot on while the matzo balls are cooking", or to "not let anyone in the kitchen, because the mere presence of anyone but the chef de cuisine will cause the floating balls to fall out of sync with the cosmos." You'll hear about whipped egg whites, cutting chicken fat with lemon juice, and even the trick of using club soda's carbonation to make the matzo balls light and airy.
Whatever your preference is, (and I'd love to have a mini debate right on this forum), I'd like to wish all of my friends, family, and readers a very Happy Passover.