- Prep time 20 minutes
- Cook time 1 hour
- Serves 8 to 12
Everyone loves kugel...it's hot, savory, delicious, and full of both memories and carbs. This riff on the traditional potato pudding adds root vegetables for more colors and flavors, not to mention micronutrients. Serve at dinner with mains of roast meat, fish or cauliflower. Or at brunch, with eggs or fish. Go sparingly at first with the stronger items (garlic, ginger, radishes) until you see how much of them you like. Variations for special occasions or diets - for Passover or GF diners, omit the crumb topping. For vegans, use vegetable oil and pureed silken tofu instead of the eggs. For kosher meals, use butter and sour cream with dairy menus, oil and applesauce with meat meals. —Nancy
6 to 7 cups
root vegetables - sweet and/or regular potatoes, yams, yucca roots, beets, carrots, parsnips, celeriac, turnip, rutabaga, radish and/or Jerusalem artichokes (total 2 1/4 lb or 1 kg)
aromatics - mostly onion with small amounts of garlic & ginger (total 6 oz or 180gr)
eggs (3 large or 180 ml). For vegans, use pureed silken tofu.
potato starch (about 45 ml)
Freshly ground black pepper and either sea salt or kosher sslt
2 to 6 tablespoons
chicken fat, oil or butter (30 to 90 ml). Or more for a richer dish.
topping - bread crumbs or corn flakes mixed with some oil or butter
garnishes - sour cream or applesauce
- Choice of standard loaf pan, 9" round cake pan, or 10" pie plate.
- In a medium size bowl, whisk the eggs with salt & pepper, potato starch, grated ginger & garlic. If you plan to use bread crumb or corn flake topping, prepare it now and set aside. Brush your selected pan(s) with butter, oil or schmaltz (about 2 or 3 tbsp).
- 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 needed, then grate or slice. As you work, dump the gratings or slices into a large bowl of cold water (to prevent oxidation). When all are done, drain the vegetables & wring in a salad spinner or 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.
- Pour the vegetable-egg mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Drizzle remaining butter, oil or schmaltz on top (about 2-3 tbsp).
- If using optional crumb topping, spread it now over the raw mixture.
- Bake uncovered about 1 hour, checking near the end that middle is done and top is nicely browned. Top with foil if casserole is getting too brown but is not yet finished cooking.
- Remove from oven. Let sit a few minutes, then cut in in squares or slices (depending on your pan) and serve.
- Cooked leftovers keep about four days, covered, in refrigerator.