Matzo ball soup is a staple in Jewish cuisine, particularly during Passover when traditional recipes come out to play.
Homemade matzo balls are always the best, but what happens when you have leftover matzo balls?
Whether it’s from the holiday or just a weeknight dinner, reheating leftovers is an important part of stretching your meals and avoiding waste.
In this post, we’ll explore various methods of how to reheat matzo balls so that they still maintain their shape and deliciousness.
How to Reheat Matzo Balls in a Conventional Oven
Reheating in a conventional oven tends to be the most popular way of reheating leftover matzo balls since it does not disrupt the shape or texture.
- Preheat your oven to 325°F
- Place your leftover matzo balls on a baking sheet
- Cover them with foil (to prevent them from drying out)
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes until heated through
How to Reheat Matzo Balls in the Microwave
While not ideal, sometimes time is of the essence and you need to reheat those leftover matzo balls fast.
- Place your leftover matzo balls on a microwave-safe dish
- Cover them with damp paper towels (to prevent them from drying out)
- Microwave them for no longer than 20 seconds at a time
- Check every 20 seconds until they are heated through.
Note: The microwave tends to make things rubbery or soggy, so this isn’t our preferred method unless you’re absolutely pressed for time.
How to Reheat Matzo Balls in a Skillet
Reheating on the stovetop requires more attention but yields very tasty results as it allows for browning and crisping.
- Heat up enough chicken broth or water in a skillet to cover the matzo balls
- Once heated, add your leftover matzo balls
- Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally until they are heated through and crispy on the outside.
How to Reheat Matzo Balls by Searing
Similar to reheating in a skillet, searing allows for some delicious browning with a crispier texture.
- Heat up some oil or chicken fat in a skillet over medium-high heat
- Once hot, add your leftover matzo balls.
- Turn them occasionally to ensure they’re evenly heated through and crispy on the outside for approximately 4-5 minutes.
How to Reheat Matzo Balls in an Air Fryer
For those without stovetop access or simply looking for a healthier alternative, an air fryer is also an option!
- Preheat your air fryer at 375°F.
- Place your leftover matzo balls into the basket of the air fryer (you can drizzle chicken fat or oil atop it)
- Cook for about 10-12 minutes until crispy on the outside and heated through
How to Reheat Matzo Balls Using a Toaster Oven
Toaster ovens are perfect alternatives to regular ovens when you don’t have much space or just need something quick and easy.
- Set your toaster oven to bake at 325°F.
- Place your leftover matzo balls onto a baking sheet
- Bake them uncovered for about 5-7 minutes until they are heated through but not dry.
How to Reheat Matzo Balls in a Broiler
If you’re looking for super-crispy results whilst keeping everything moist inside, try reheating them under the broiler!
- Preheat your broiler
- Place your leftover matzo balls onto a baking sheet.
- Broil them in the oven for about 5 minutes, watching them closely to avoid burning.
- Turn occasionally until heated through.
How to Reheat Matzo Balls in a Slow Cooker
If you’re planning ahead or have plenty of time, using a slow cooker could be for you (plus it requires almost no effort!).
- Add your leftover matzo balls to the slow cooker
- Add enough chicken broth or water (or even leftover broth from making the matzo balls!) so that they are submerged
- Let cook on low heat for up to 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally until heated through and deliciously flavored with the broth.
Is It Safe To Reheat Matzo Balls?
Yes! Reheating matzo balls is perfectly safe if done correctly with proper storage beforehand.
To store leftover matzo balls, make sure they are removed from their soup and allowed to cool completely before placing into an airtight container and refrigerating promptly.
They should be consumed within three days of initial preparation.
Reheating leftovers may not always produce an exact replica of their first servings but employing any of these methods guarantees that your homemade matzo balls’ flavors will remain intact while still yielding its signature fluffy-yet-firm texture that pairs so deliciously with soups.
Using just one specific method or combining several ensures that those precious traditional recipes passed down from generations won’t go uneaten during those Jewish holidays or when you are simply trying to clear out your fridge’s contents!
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