Kugel, also known as noodle pudding, is a traditional dish often served at Jewish holiday dinners. From sweet, like raisin and almond, to savory, like potato leek, there are a wide range of adaptations to the favorite dish.
With Rosh Hashana and the beginning of the Jewish New Year just a few days away, many are gearing up to cook all of their family's favorite kugel dishes. Personally having been raised on the sweeter variations, I have come to prefer the savory bakes more and more with each new introduction to them.
These dense yet fluffy kugels are just some of the many heartier-styled dishes that make the early fall a favorite time of the year. Whether you are celebrating the holidays this week or not, a warm kugel is a great, welcoming gesture to the fall table.
Read on for some of our best kugel recipes and let us know which style is your favorite in the comments below.
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Cauliflower and Leek Kugel
This savory option is made of mashed veggies and egg noodles, providing a flavor profile and texture similar to the inside of a giant potato knish.
Matzo, Mushroom and Onion Kugel
The addition of browned matzo in this variation makes for a kugel that is most like traditional turkey stuffing in feel and flavor. Make sure to bake until the edges are brown for that beloved crunchy bite.
Sweet Vegetable Kugel
With grated apples, carrots and sweet potato, this sweeter kugel is incredibly appropriate for the fall weather. Sprinkled with pecans and cinnamon, this is sure to be a favorite at any table.
Even though this is called "birthday kugel," it actually is the most traditional of the noodle pudding variations. Made with cottage cheese and raisins, this recipe is similar to the pudding I grew up with.
Orange, Currant and Noodle Kugel
This is an interesting take on sweet kugel, with the addition of orange and apple adding some new dimensions to the more usual cinnamon-based recipe of sweeter noodle puddings.
Eggplant and Green Pepper Kugel
I have to admit, I've never seen a recipe for kugel using eggplant before, but I am incredibly intrigued. The addition of the more substantial veggie will add some heft, making for a heartier take on the classic dish.