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Kugel - Root vegetable casserole

October  2, 2019
Photo by thecookingfrogblog.
Author Notes

Everyone loves potato's hot, savory, delicious, and full of both memories and carbs. This riff uses root vegetables for more colors and flavors, not to mention micronutrients. Serve the casserole at dinner with mains of roast meat, fish or cauliflower. Or at brunch, with sour cream or applesauce. I suggest using the stronger items (garlic, ginger, radishes) sparingly at first - until you see how much of them you like. For vegans, use vegetable oil as the fat and pureed silken tofu instead of the eggs. For those who keep kosher, keep meat and dairy separate, and omit or replace the bread crumb topping at Passover. —Nancy

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Serves 16-24 for the full recipe, 8 to 12 for half recipe
  • 12 to 14 cups root vegetables - sweet potatoes, yams, yucca roots, beets, carrots, parsnips, celeriac, turnip, rutabaga, radish and/or Jerusalem artichokes (total 4 1/2 lb or 2 kg)
  • 2 cups aromatics - mostly onion with an ounce each of garlic & ginger (total 12 oz or 335 gr)
  • 1 1/2 cups eggs (6 large or 335 ml). For vegans, use pureed silken tofu.
  • 6 tablespoons potato starch or corn starch
  • to taste sea salt & black pepper, freshly ground
  • 4 tablespoons oil, chicken fat or unsalted butter. If butter, use 5 tbsp (75 ml) total
  • optional topping - bread crumbs mixed with some oil or butter
  • optional garnishes - sour cream or applesauce
In This Recipe
  1. For whole recipe, select a 9x13" or 10" tube pan (capacity 4 quarts or nearly 4L). Or two of standard loaf pans, 9" round cake pans, or 10" pie plates.
  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk the eggs with salt & pepper, potato starch, grated ginger & garlic. Optional - if you plan to use bread crumb topping prepare it now. Brush your selected pan(s) with 3 tbsp of fat.
  3. Select your vegetables. Proportions up to you or what looks good in the markets. You can have one dominate or a mix of roughly equal amounts. Trim and peel as need, then grate or slice. As you work, dump the gratings or slices into a large bowl and cover them with water (to prevent oxidation). When all are done, drain the vegetables & wring in a clean large towel to remove as much water as possible. Dump them back into the large bowl. Stir in the egg-seasonings-starch mixture. Heat oven to 400F or 200C.
  4. Pour the vegetable-egg mixture into the prepared pan(s) and spread evenly. Drizzle the last bit of oil or fat on top.
  5. If using optional bread crumb topping, spread it now over the raw kugel mixture.
  6. Bake uncovered about 1 to 1 ¼ hours, checking near the end that middle is done and top is nicely browned. Half recipe will need about 45 minutes total. Top with foil if casserole is getting too brown but is not yet finished cooking.
  7. Remove from oven. Let sit a few minutes, then cut in in squares or slices (depending on your pan) and serve.

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