Friday, September 10, 2010

Have I got a Kugel for you: Potato Kugel, Barley Kugel, Rice Kugel and Noodle Kugel

Rosh Hashanah was on Thurday, today Ramadan ends, and tomorrow is Ganesh Chaturthi.  

Happy Holidays, everyone!!!
I just love holidays.
Great food, great times.
What's not to love?

Since Yom Kippur is just around the corner, I thought I'd post some kugel recipes.  In the Middle Ages, when Jewish cuisine as we know it was developing, vegetables were available only during the harvest season.  In their place kugels were substituted.  

A potato kugel is so good that it may be served at any meal, and most people make enough so there will be leftovers.  Kugel is delicious hot or cold.  It's great to prepare in advance so the cook can spend more time with friends.

I hate fussy, last minute recipes.  Don't you?


       Potato Kugel

preheat oven to 350º           
bake 60 min.

Beat until thick
3 eggs
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Stir in
3 cups grated, drained potatoes
1/3 cup potato flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons grated onion
4 tablespoons melted butter or fat
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Turn into a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Bake 60 minutes or until browned.

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       Barley Kugel

preheat oven to 350º           
bake 40 min.

Combine in a saucepan
1 cup pearl barley
4 cups boiling water
Bring to a boil.  Add
2 teaspoons salt
Cover and cook over low heat 45 min.  
Drain
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Brown
1/2 pound chopped mushrooms
2 onions, diced
in
2 tablespoons fat or butter
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Add vegetables to the barley along with
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Taste for seasoning.
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Turn into a greased casserole or baking dish.
Bake 40 minutes or until browned and set.

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       Rice Kugel

preheat oven to 350º           
bake 40 min.

Boil in a covered saucepan for 10 min.
4 cups boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups rice
Drain
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Beat until thick
6 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
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Stir in the rice, along with
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/3 cup melted butter or chicken fat
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Turn into a greased casserole or baking dish.
Bake 40 minutes or until browned.

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       Noodle Kugel

preheat oven to 375º           
bake 50 min.

Beat until fluffy
3 eggs
4 tablespoons brown sugar
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Add
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
4 cups cooked broad noodles
1/2 cup seedless white raisins
1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons melted butter or chicken fat
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Turn into a well-greased ring mold or baking dish.
Sprinkle with
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
Bake 50 minutes or until browned.

Serve with meat and poultry dishes or as a dessert with a sweet fruit sauce.

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