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By Jamie Burris
from 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

This creamy, delicious dish is part casserole, part hash brown. With the can't-miss combo of potato, bacon, and onion, this has a wonderful flavor. Enjoy this as a side dish or main course. Serve with a little applesauce or some sour cream. Sprinkling more bacon on top would be tasty too.

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★★★★☆ 24
serves large family
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
    eggs, beaten
  • 12 oz
    can evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt, or more to taste
  • pepper, to taste (i use about a teaspoon.)
  • sour cream, to top

How To Make kugelis

  • 1
    Cook bacon until crispy. Set aside to cool and let the bacon fat cool as well. When bacon is cool, chop finely in food processor.
  • 2
    Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper as well as the reserved bacon fat. Add bacon and mix well.
  • 3
    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 and pour into a greased baking dish. (I used a 10 x 15.)
  • 4
    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.
  • 5
    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.