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Kugeli Recipe
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"This is a Lithuanian Ethnic dish. The main ingredient is potatoes. The recipe comes from my fathers grandmother and has been a family favorite for more than 75 years. Serve hot as a main dish with either sour cream or applesauce."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Oil a 12x15 inch pan with olive oil.
  2. Place salt pork in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 chopped onion, and continue cooking until onion is tender and lightly browned; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine potatoes and remaining chopped onions. Fill the bowl of a food processor with the mixture, and 1 egg. Process until smooth, then transfer to a large bowl. Repeat until all has been processed. Season with pepper. Stir in the salt pork mixture. Blend in flour gradually to absorb some moisture, but err on the side of less flour.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 1 hour, or until top is evenly browned.
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  • Leftovers can be sliced and eaten cold, or fried to golden brown with onions.

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Jul 16, 2009

This is a family tradition (yes, Lithuanian!) However we use chopped bacon, diced ham and add evaporated milk also. We don't use the flour. We just chop everything up in the food processor, transfer to a bowl, add eggs & evaporated milk, transfer to a baking dish (coated with Pam for easy clean-up!) and bake at 350 for about an hour. The flavor is AMAZING!!! We also serve with a dollop of sour cream. (Just as a note - you can freeze leftover ham (from holidays) and leftover bacon and thaw them out when you're ready to make the Kugeli! :)

Aug 18, 2006

This is an excellent recipe. Okay I am Lithuanian but still....it's the best. I lost my own family recipe so thank goodness I found this one. In my family we call it, Kugelis. My children love when I make this, I serve it with sour cream.


11 Ratings

Jul 15, 2003

Yummy! Tastes like spruced-up hash browns.

Oct 21, 2006

great recipe...works well with bacon and a splash of evaporated milk.

Apr 25, 2006

one word........delicious!!!!!!!!

Nov 24, 2011

Thanks BOBCHASE! Just like Mom and I ued to make, only in the old days we didn't have food processors, everything was hand grated. Your recipe is exactly like mine.

Aug 11, 2010

Thank you so much. When my grandmother passed, we lost her recipe. I'll never loss your this one.

Nov 04, 2013

My Mom and Grandma made this all the time. When I tried using the food processor the texture was all wrong. More like mashed potatoes than koogilie. my Mom used to grate the potatoes by hand on a box grater and got little granules of potato instead of smush. Grinding 5 pounds by hand is a chore and little bits of knuckle don't improve the flavor. I found by first using the carrot shredding blade in the processor,,the one that rides at the top of the processor bowl, and then carefully pulsing 1/2 bowl batches with the regular blade I can easily get the right textured bits of potato. Doesn't add much time and just one extra blade to wash , but what a difference in taste. We also omit the flour and use a can of evaporated milk for 5 lbs of potatoes. Mom said the milk prevented the mix from turning grey before cooking.


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  • Calories
  • 699 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 66.9 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 195 mg
  • 65%
  • Fat
  • 41.8 g
  • 64%
  • Fiber
  • 7.6 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 14.8 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 678 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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