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As a family caregiver, one of the most precious times that you will have with your elderly loved one is celebrating holidays. Taking the time Caregiver-in-Chevy-Chase-MDout of your usual care routine to observe religious and cultural holidays is a way to stay connected to yourself and to your family. This is a meaningful time for your parent and can provide exceptional mental and emotional stimulation for better cognition and sharper memories.

Passover begins on the evening of April 22. The meal that you enjoy after the traditional ceremonial Seder is a tremendous part of the observance, and something that your family is likely looking forward to. There are some foods that are simply expected during this meal or during the rest of the eight-day observance, and one of those foods is matzo ball soup. A big bowl of this warm, comforting soup can trigger memories that you hold dear and will help to make those memories for your children.

This version of matzo ball soup takes the traditional recipe and bumps it up to a slightly more elegant, elevated meal. The inclusion of shitake mushrooms and truffle oil deepen the flavor, while onion and garlic create the familiar warmth and offer a boost to your immune system. Be sure to freeze any extra soup so that you and your loved one can enjoy some later.

 

What You Will Need

  • 3 tablespoons of rendered chicken fat
  • Skin from four chicken thighs
  • 1/4 of a cup of chicken stock plus 2 quarts set aside
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 ounces of shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon of truffle oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup of matzo meal
  • 4 large eggs
  • A large bowl
  • A large pot
  • A large frying pan
  • A strainer

 

What to Do

  • In the large frying pan, place some olive oil and put over medium high heat
  • When the oil is hot, add the chicken skin
  • Sauté the chicken skin until it is lightly golden
  • Use the sharp knife to chop the onion into large chunks
  • Add the onion to the chicken skin and sauté
  • Sauté the onion until it has turned a deep golden brown
  • Coarsely chop the garlic and add to the skin and onion
  • Sauté the garlic in the mix for 2 minutes
  • Strain the solids from the oil, reserving both separately
  • Cut the shiitake mushrooms into chunks and sauté them in 2 tablespoon of the oil from the pan
  • Sauté until the mushrooms have wilted
  • Remove the shiitake mushrooms and set aside
  • In the large bowl, mix the melted chicken fat with 1/4 of a cup of chicken stock
  • Add the truffle oil, eggs and salt to the large bowl
  • Mixing in slowly, add in the matzo meal
  • Mix the matzo thoroughly
  • Place in the refrigerator
  • Allow the matzo to refrigerate for one hour
  • Form the now cold matzo meal into segments the size of golf balls
  • Stuff each ball with a teaspoon of the shiitake mushrooms from earlier
  • Place a pot of 2 quarts of chicken stock over high heat
  • When boiling, add the balls to the pot
  • Boil the balls for 20 minutes in the chicken stock
  • Add salt to taste
  • Remove from the stock and serve hot, with stock in a bowl

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Chevy Chase, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.