Monday, November 8, 2010

Matzo-Ball History Has Been Made (Updated With Photo!)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Lotsa motza.
  • Chef Jon Wirtis puts the finishing touches on his monster matzo ball.

Chef Jon Wirtis of Shlomo and Vito’s New York Delicatessen set the world record for the largest matzo ball this weekend, smashing the previous record by nearly 160 pounds.

Wirtis used 125 pounds of matzo meal, 25 pounds of schmaltz (chicken fat), more than 1,000 eggs and 20 pounds of potato starch to create the 426-pound behemoth at this weekend’s Jewish Food Festival. The previous record holder was a 267-pound matzo ball created last year by chef Anthony Sylvestri of Noah's Ark Deli in New York City.

Noam Sokolow, owner of Noah’s Ark Deli, said last week that breaking his record would not be easy. He made 18 practice attempts before coming up with his record-setter, and it took a crew of cooks to pull it off.

“I hope these guys know what they’re up for,” Sokolow said last week.

Wirtis said he made four preliminary attempts over the four months leading up to the festival. The largest of those produced a 200-pound matzo ball, which gave him confidence that a 500-pounder was possible.

Chefs at Desert Diamond Casino and the Hilton El Conquistador Resort helped make the hundreds of gallons of broth needed to cook the matzo ball. The president of CAID Industries managed the crafting of the 1,500-pound kettle, and volunteers from Davis Monthan’s 355th Operations Support Squadron helped fill it.

“Every step ended up being what I was hoping for,” Wirtis said this morning. “I started with a base recipe from my Grandma Goldie, but when I went to blow that up, it was too light. It peeled apart almost like an orange.”

The secret ingredient ended up being potato starch, which bonded the other ingredients together. He covered the matzo ball in heavy cheese cloth to hold it together during the hours of boiling it took to cook it all the way through, and the rest is world-record-setting history.

Wirtis said he’d heard that Sokolow intended to take the record back from anyone who beat his record. For this reason, Wirtis set his aim on a 500-pounder rather than just beating the previous record by a couple of pounds.

“Your record?” said Wirtis, referring to the previous record holder. “Fugghedabout it. Come and get it. I dusted him, man.”

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Adam Borowitz

Staff Pick

West Side Brew District Tour

Join us for a tour Tucson's Westside Brew House District. Ticket includes 1 drink at Dragoon, Hamilton… More

@ 1912 Brewing Company Second Saturday of every month, 5-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 10 2045 N Forbes Blvd Ste 105

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do In The Next 10 Days (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Phoenix Union High School District Makes a Statement (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Quick Bites: You Can Give a Kid a Cupcake… or Teach Them How to Bake (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Help This Guy Find His Father's Lost Telescope (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation