Potato Kugel

Marsha Gardner


A kugel is a baked pudding or casserole, similar to a pie, most commonly made from egg noodles or potatoes.

My grandma made both types with noodles and potatoes and sweet as well as savory. I think this is my favorite, but then when I have a noodle kugel I think the same thing.


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1 c
canola oil
4 large
shallots, thinly sliced
5 lb
idaho potatoes, peeled and coarsely shredded
1 large
yellow onion, coarsely grated
1/3 c
potato starch or cornstarch
1 Tbsp
kosher salt
1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated nutmeg
5 large
eggs, beaten
2 large
egg yolks, beaten
1/2 c
olive oil, extra virgin

How to Make Potato Kugel


  • 1Preheat the oven to 450°.
  • 2In a medium saucepan, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the shallots and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shallots to a plate. Reserve the shallot oil.
  • 3Working in batches, squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible from the potatoes and transfer them to a large bowl as you go. Add the grated onion, potato starch, salt, black pepper and grated nutmeg and stir well. Stir in the whole eggs, egg yolks, olive oil and boiling water, then stir in the fried shallots.
  • 4Heat two 8-by-11 1/2-inch flameproof or enameled cast-iron baking dishes over high heat until they are very hot to the touch. Add 2 tablespoons of the shallot oil to each baking dish and heat until smoking.
  • 5Carefully spread the potato mixture in the sizzling baking dishes.
    Transfer the potato kugels to the oven and bake them for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375° and bake the kugels for 40 minutes longer, until golden and crisp on the sides.
  • 6Preheat the broiler. Broil the potato kugels as close to the heat as possible for about 2 minutes, until they are browned and crisp on top. Let the potato kugels stand for 20 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
  • 7MAKE AHEAD The baked potato kugels can be refrigerated overnight and reheated in a 375° oven.

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About Potato Kugel

Course/Dish: Potatoes

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