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(24 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jamie Burris
Fayetteville, AR

My great-grandparents immigrated from Lithuania in the early 20th century and brought with them this potato recipe that I have been eating my whole life. My grandfather actually had to teach my grandmother to make it, who in turn taught my mother and my mother taught me. Definitely an heirloom recipe.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Kugelis is a traditional Lithuanian potato dish. Typically made with russet potatoes, this recipe uses golden or red potatoes adding a bit of a creamier texture. Shredded potatoes are mixed with smoky bacon bits and sweet onions. This dish is part casserole, part hash brown. Top with a dollop of sour cream or a little applesauce. Yum!

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(24 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For kugelis

  • 5 lb
    Red or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and shredded (use a food processor if you have one)
  • 6 slice
    thick-cut bacon, cooked until crispy (reserve fat)
  • 1 md
    onion, shredded
  • 7 lg
    eggs, beaten
  • 1 can
    evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt, or more to taste
  • pepper, to taste (I use about 1 tsp)
  • sour cream, to top

How To Make kugelis

  • Chopping cooked bacon in a food processor.
    Cook bacon until crispy. Set aside to cool and let the bacon fat cool as well. When bacon is cool, chop finely in a food processor.
  • Eggs, evaporated milk, salt, pepper, and bacon fat mixed in a bowl.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, as well as the reserved bacon fat.
  • Mixing in chopped bacon.
    Add bacon and mix well.
  • Adding shredded onion and potatoes.
    Peeled potatoes should be shredded as the last step to keep them from turning color. Shred onion with the potato. Mix potatoes/onion with the egg mixture completely.
  • Mixture poured into a baking dish.
    Pour into a greased baking dish. (I used a 10 x 15.)
  • Baked Kugelis on a cooling rack.
    Bake and test for doneness at 1 hour. Like a cake, it will pull from the sides of the pan and a knife should come out clean.
  • A piece of Kugelis on a plate.
    Slice and serve with sour cream on top. This can also be sliced thin and fried with butter as a side with eggs for breakfast.