Chasen's Beef Belmont With Matzo Balls

Total Time
3hrs
Prep 1 hr
Cook 2 hrs

Ronald and Nancy Reagan were regulars at Chasens. It was there that they decided to marry in 1952; and they continued to come in for the Tuesday night special for decades later, even when they lived in the White House. Their favorite dish was the Beef Belmont, a Jewish dish with origins in Eastern Europe. The recipe yields a soup plus a platter of sliced beef. One can add their own accompanyments to the beef platter. Local history information from the archives of the Los Angeles Library.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. FOR THE BEEF.
  2. Place short ribs and broth in a large dutch oven.
  3. Add water to cover ribs, and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, skim foam from the broth.
  5. Make a bouquet garni by tying bay leaves, parsley sprigs and thyme into a cheesecloth bundle with kitchen string.
  6. Place the bundle in the broth with salt and pepper.
  7. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours or until meat is very tender and falls off the bone.
  8. Remove the bouquet garni and strain the broth.
  9. Return the broth and meat to the pan.
  10. Stir in the carrots, leeks and celery.
  11. Bring mixture to a boil.
  12. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  13. Return mixture to the boil, add lima beans and egg noodles, cooking just until noodles are nearly tender (al dente).
  14. Remove meat, and separate meat from bones.
  15. Have soup at room temperature or warmer and add matzo balls; simmer for 5 minutes.
  16. Serve soup forst with 2 or 3 matzo balls per bowl.
  17. Slice meat and garnish plate.
  18. FOR THE MATZO BALLS:.
  19. Blend fat or oil with eggs.
  20. Mix matso meal with salt, and combine these 2 mixtures and blend well.
  21. Add soup stock or water and mix until uniform.
  22. Cover mixture and refrigerate for one hour.
  23. In a 3-quart pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a full boil, adding salt if desired.
  24. From the refrigerated mix, form about 16 matzo balls, each 1 inch in diameter.
  25. Reduce flame and drop matzo balls into the gently boiling water.
  26. Cover pot and cook 30 to 40 minutes.
  27. Remove matzo balls from water and add to the Boiled Beef Belmont soup.
  28. The soup is seved separately from the platter of boiled beef.
  29. Add your own choice of accompaniments to the beef platter.

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just a note..the cut of beef used is technically "Flanken"-which is the end portion of the ribs-I think it has more flavor! I am going to try this recipe...will report back...

petlover July 01, 2010

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