When we first saw this photo (#1) on Angelica Kitchen’s Facebook page, we thought it was a matzoh balls salad.
We soon discovered that the matzoh ball look-alikes are actually masa corn dumplings (chochoyotes).
In case you’ve never thought about it [and who has?], matzoh balls are a different style of dumplings than pierogi and Asian dumplings, which are stuffed noodle dough wrappers.
Instead, matzoh balls are made without a dough wrapper. They’re a paste of flour* and seasonings—think Chicken & Dumplings.
Some other dumplings without noodle wrappers are gnocchi. Knishes are dumplings made with flour wrappers, but a type of pastry dough rather than noodle dough.
The Angelica Kitchen salad is a base of baby arugula, topped with:
The dumplings—or matzoh balls—can be served hot or cold.
But since we’ll be making matzoh balls this weekend (Chanukah starts on Sunday), we’ll make extras for our own version of this salad.
We won’t serve it on the first night—that’s reserved for the chicken soup (photo #2).
But we’ll enjoy them on one of the other seven days of Chanukah.
Here’s more about Chanukah.
We learned this from our friend Claudio, and it’s a blinding revelation of the obvious.
Instead of making traditional-size matzoh balls, that need to be cut with a spoon into four or five bites (photo #2), make miniature, bite-size matzoh balls.
They’re so much easier to eat, and the petite size is different and, may we say, fun?