Sleepy Sunday

There are some days you just don't feel much like making an effort in the kitchen. There are some days you don't feel like even thinking about food either but that's a whole 'nother post. I thought I'd take this opportunity to share with you one of my comfort foods. I'm talking about Noodle Kugel.

The frequency with which I made this during my college days earned me the knickname of Kugel from one of my studiomates (hi Katie-pi!) My love affair with this dish started much earlier though. When I was young my great aunt would always have a batch made up and waiting in the freezer for when I would visit her. Sometimes we would have them with salmon puffs, sometimes tuna fish. This dish is almost a tribute to her, comforting for the soul, even if I can never get mine to be as good as hers.

Kugel is a very heavy side dish for those who don't know. It calls for a whole stick of butter, 3 eggs and a pint of sour cream (add the noodles and there is your whole grocery list, don't worry, I'll repeat it below). In short, it's delicious³. Kugel can be made numerous ways, it can be sweet and made with raisins and fruit, it can be made with potatoes, it is the ultimate base to inflict your culinary whims upon. If you can imagine it, kugel can take it. I prefer to make mine neutral and just add a bit of salt afterwards to taste. What can I say? Simple girl, simple tastes.

Auntie Fay's Noodle Kugel

1 8oz. package of wide egg noodles
1 stick of butter
1 pint of sour cream
3 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Cook noodles til al dente. While noodles are draining melt butter in a pan - mix in sour cream and slightly beaten eggs, salt and pepper. Add noodles, mix well. Pour into a 9" x 9" greased (or buttered) pan. Bake at 350F until brown. About 30-45 min.

1 comment:

rami james said...

It occurs to me that a Kugel is actually a type of Pashtida. They can be made with pretty much everything vegetable. They are quick and easy and delicious. :)

I found a recipe in hebrew for a broccoli pashtida and have translated it for you :) You're welcome!

1 small potato
400gr broccoli
1 small onion
1 teaspoon olive oil
i cup parsley diced
1 tablespoon rosemary
2 eggs
2 tablespoons oatmeal
salt and pepper to taste
some sesame seeds (if you like them, i don't. i think they are foul, foul beasts.)

- cook the broccoli with salt ten minutes and set aside.
- microwave the potato (or boil, or whatever) for until soft
- mash the broccoli and potato together..mmm!
- sautée the onion in olive oil
- add the two eggs, the rosemary, the salt and pepper and the parsley to the potato and broccoli mash. mix well.
- dump into an appropriate pie pan and smooth top.
- add the sautéed onion and optionally the sesame seeds on top.
- bake until yummy!