Recipe by JOENAUJOKAS
"Ah, Kugela! The national dish of Lithuania! What celebration would be complete without it? Remember, Kugela is an art, not just a recipe. Experiment with ingredients and techniques to make your own Kugela statement. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, if you like."
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Russet potatoes, finely grated, and soaked in water
1 (12 ounce) can
salt and pepper to taste
I am half Lithuanian, half English and was worried this dish would never compare to my grandfather's. Thank you for the recipe! I did use a food processor for the potatoes,(against my better judgement)because of a time constraint, and was extremely pleased. Grandad would definetly object to this, but for first timers this might be an option. Just remember to strain the water from the potatoes afterwards. Thanks again!
My husband was Lithuanian and taught me how to cook Lithuanian. First of all, I never use flour in my potato pancakes or Kugel. When you squeeze out the water from the potatoes into a bowl, let it sit for a minute then drain off the water carefully and at the bottom of the bowl you will find the starch from the potatoes. Take that and return it to the grated potatoes, this will help to hold them together. I like to serve them with fried salt pork, onion (fried nice and brown) and cream mixture. Just pour it over the dumplings after they are cooked and enjoy! Yummy! Yummy! P.S. Also, adding some evaporated milk to the potatoes will keep them white.
I've always used my mom's recipe and wanted to try another recipe just to see how it compares... wonderful!!!
Flour? No way! Only the starch from the potatoes is necessary. By the way, I am 100% Lithuanian and grew up on this stuff and it's called Kugelis. The Lithuanian language gives gender to the noun. Kugelis is a masculine word, ending it with an "a" would change it to a feminine word and therefore it is incorrect. But thanks for sharing the recipe..it's a pretty good one. For anyone who thought it was bland..yeah it's supposed to be that way, all Lithuanian food is bland and there is never ever any kind of cheese or garlic salt in Kugelis.
Wow, this brings back memories of family Christmas parties. I've been looking for a Kugela recipe, now that Aunt Pat has passed, and finally found a very good one.
Very easy to make, but the directions for the egg/flour mixture are a little confusing.
Over all, a very good recipe. 4 stars.
I didn't see the flour...my great-grandmother never added flour, either. I would omit it.
I thought this was good. But it was a bit too bland for me without adding garlic salt. I think maybe some cheese if I make it again.
I'm not Lithuanian and never tasted Kugela before. I had a lot of potatoes and not a lot else, so a search lead me to this recipe. Grating the potatoes and onion was kind of a pain. The end result was good although not especially memorable.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 373
** Calories from Fat: 109
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