Sunday, September 30, 2012

Potato Kugel #SundaySupper

"ONLY FIVE INGREDIENTS!?!?!?....." 

Yes, that was my first thought when I read about the #SundaySupper challenge this week.  Five ingredients or less.... but salt, pepper, and water don't count as an ingredient.  (gee, thanks!)   As I started to ponder the dishes I could prepare, my mind immediately flashed to kugel. 

For those of you that have enjoyed a good kugel, you know that there are many, many types of kugel.  (generally, kugels are classified into one of two categories-- either sweet or savory)  And for each type of kugel, there are about a thousand variations on that type.  Also, everyone swears that their kugel is "the" kugel recipe, so you can take it with a big grain of kosher salt when I tell you that my potato kugel recipe is "the" potato kugel recipe.




Ingredients
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp flour (can substitute matzah meal during passover)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus oil for the baking dish
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper (my "free" ingredients)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel the potatoes and grate them using a food processor. (you can grate them by hand, but a food processor is much easier!)  Then, remove the skin from the onion and grate that as well.  Place the potato and onion mixture into a large bowl and allow to rest for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs.  Add the 1/4 cup of vegetable oil to the eggs and mix lightly.  Add the flour, 1 generous tsp of Kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper to the egg/oil mixture and combine.  The mixture will be lumpy, but don't worry about that. Set the mixture aside.

Take a 13x9 inch glass baking pan and pour enough vegetable oil on the bottom of it to lightly coat the entire bottom of the pan.  This is not just for "greasing" the pan, but this will help to cook and brown the outside of the kugel.  Place that pan in the pre-heated oven to heat up the oil.

Now, return back to the large bowl of potatoes and onion, and drain the liquid out from the bowl.  Press on the potatoes and onions to try and squeeze and drain as much of the water out of the mixture that you can.  (This is very important otherwise you'll have an extremely soggy kugel! No one likes a soggy kugel.)  When you've drained out as much water as you can, pour the egg mixture into the large potato/onion bowl and mix until combined.

Remove the pre-heated, oiled pan out from the oven and CAREFULLY spoon the potato mixture into the hot pan.  This is the most "dangerous" part of the process because the hot oil can splatter and burn if you're not careful.  Also, you'll want to make sure that your potato mixture is not "cold" because you don't want your hot, glass pan to crack.  I've never had this happen, but I'm very cautious with how I perform this step.

Put the kugel back in to the oven and increase the temperature to 400 degrees.  Cook for 1 hour or until the top of the kugel is golden brown. 


Make sure to check out the rest of the #SundaySupper recipes.  They all feature 5 or Less ingredients!  For a bunch of Foodies, this is quite an accomplishment. 


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40 comments:

  1. I love Kugel but truth be told I always opt for the sweeter variety. Your potato version sounds fantastic and I think this would be the first savory one I try. :)

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    1. We're not so much sweet kugel fans in this house-- but I'm open to trying a new recipe if you have one!

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  2. I love anything potato! I'm trying this!!
    Cheers!

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  3. l love potato kugel!! Love it!! Your recipe is similar to mine and looks like the finished result too. I could literally eat that entire tray. I won't feel good after, but I could. :-)

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    1. Between the two of us, half the tray is gone in less than 24 hours... I fear the rest may be gone by tonight.

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  4. I've never had potato kugel...only noodle kugel. I can't wait to try this!

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    1. You haven't lived until you've had a savory kugel. Everyone knows about that sweet noodle kugel with fruit in it. *gack*.. not a fan. Try this-- it's amazing!

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  5. What an awesome recipe to share with company. Totally saving this one.

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    1. Make sure to let me know how it turns out!

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  6. Mmmm...potatoes! My fave. This looks great!

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  7. Kugel me some this please! Looks delicious!!! DH loves his potatoes so I think I will challenge him with this recipe! 5 ingred he should be fine!

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    1. Just make sure he doesn't burn himself! The oil can splatter! Don't burn him on his challenge or he may not cook again.... we don't want that!

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  8. This has the flavors of a tortilla espaƱola... I love your recipe! Will make a point to try it.

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  9. Excellent display and fabulous instructions my friend. I've never made kugel but I'm about to now, thank you :)

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    1. thanks for the kind words! Let me know how your first kugel turns out!

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  10. This sounds so good! Baked crispy potatoes with onion. I will certainly have to give it a trx

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  11. I have never made kugel. I always thought it was supposed to be with noodles. Yours looks wonderful. I love me some taters!

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    1. A yes-- the "sweet" kugel is what you're thinking of... eggs, sugar, raisins... not a fan of that sweet kugel. We are savory kugel people in this house. SO many variations!

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  12. Wow, never tried savory kugel - only sweet with noodles. This looks decadent

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  13. I have never seen this before, not sure I have ever seen a savor kugel at all before. Looks wonderful!

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  14. Oh, boy, does this look yummy! I'm going to make this with the rest of the sack of potatoes in my pantry :)

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  15. I like this~ its new to me but i'm inspired! I always like dishes like this. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. I have never had kugel before. I need to make this so I can try it. Anything with potatoes and onions is good for me.

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  17. Another potatoes recipe that I should not miss! This looks so good!

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  18. I have done a noodle Kugel before but not a potato one. Yummo!!

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  19. I don't think I have ever had kugel, but this potato one looks right up my alley. Crispy potatoes.. yumm!

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    1. The key to the crisp is to pre-heat that oil! If you don't, it can be soggy. And yes-- YUMMMMM!

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  20. What a great recipe this is :) Pure comfort food for this season :) Have to try this soon!

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  21. What a great comfort food recipe. Yummy!

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  22. I have to confess to having no idea what kugel was until I saw your recipe, but from the sound and look of it I know it is something I would love. Thanks for sharing

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    1. My family actually warned me that, "no one is going to know what a kugel is-- you're going to confuse them".... but I think the picture speaks for itself. Mmmm... potatoes!

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  23. Okay this looks delicious. Like go back for thirds kind of good. Love it.

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  24. I think I would prefer a savory kugel! This sounds delish! I know a crispy crust is desirable, but is it necessary to pre-heat the pan?

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    1. That's a matter of debate. (the pan pre-heating) Because this really is a basic potato kugel, (5 ingredients or less!), the pre-heating is what sets it apart from others. It's the best way to get that crispy, golden edge. The top crisp on this kugel is a different kind of crisp than the sides. the sides are almost like they're fried. You'll only get that by pre-heating. If you don't pre-heat the pan, then I would reduce the amount of oil on the bottom of the pan and only oil the pan to reduce sticking. You'll still have a good flavor, but it will be less crispy. Make sense?

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  25. I've never had kugel (gasp)! I really need to try this recipe; it looks absolutely delicious.

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  26. Love this recipe!! Yum! can't wait to try this! Thank you for sharing!

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  27. I've never had kugel but this looks more than do-able.

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