Posted by: Erica Retrochef | April 23, 2012

Tempting Kosher Dishes: Cheese Balls

This week we needed another quickie, and we also have heaps of leftover matzo crackers. They’re useful for general snacking, but much more fun when they’re retrofied! (Or retrofried…)

Cheese Balls

1/2 cup Manischewitz’s Matzo Meal
1 cup mild cream cheese, grated
1 egg, well-beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Mix all ingredients well and roll into small balls. Roll balls in Manischewitz’s Matzo Meal, and just before serving fry in deep fat until brown. Serve with any fruit salad. This recipe makes about 10 balls.

I like a simple set of ingredients — nothing requiring a trip to the store! (We tend to be terrible at planning ahead for retro recipe night, and make last-minute grocery runs almost every week.)

In addition to few ingredients, it’s minimal processing. Just squish everything together, and it’s ready to go!

Well, almost ready. The balls need to be rolled in more meal.

(And by the way — a tablespoon dough scoop is a really, really nice kitchen tool. It works just as well for cheese balls as it does for cookies.)

And one quick fry in oil later…

These didn’t taste at all like I’d expected. I pictured something sort of like mozzarella sticks, warm and oozing cheese when you bite into it. But the matzo and egg changed the consistency of the cream cheese so it was more doughy… slightly sweet, doughy, and tangy. It really was a wonderful complement to fruit, just like the recipe recommends, and helped make a fruit salad more filling.



  1. Oh, yum. Surprise – wouldn’t have thought they would go with fruit, necessarily, but now I’m keen to try that; they could be served with compote, almost, like a slightly fatter blintz…

  2. I remember wondering what the consistency of cream cheese could have been in my great grandmother’s time if one was supposed to grate it.

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