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
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.