Kugel is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish side dish that is often served on the Sabbath or during Jewish holidays — including Passover. Kugel looks like a baked pudding or casserole and can be either sweet or savory. Commonly made from egg noodles, the sweet varieties are made with apple or sweet potato, while the savory ones are made from any number of vegetables. Here are eight recipes that you have to try at once, especially if you've never had this creamy, delightful treat.
The Joy of Kosher uses homemade onion soup mix in this savory kugel recipe.
Indulge in a piece of this sweet kugel, developed by Cuisineous, and delight in the smooth and pillowy results.
This noodle kugel by A Family Feast gets its sweetness and creamy consistency from a decadent combination of cream cheese, evaporated milk, whole milk, sugar, eggs and golden raisins, which are all mixed with buttered egg noodles before baking.
Busy in Brooklen uses leftover challah for this recipe. It's prepared differently from bread pudding! You soak the challah, and then squeeze the excess water for sweet, doughy results.
Lokshen is Yiddish for "noodle," so lokshen kugel is, of course, made with noodles. Check out Tora Avey's basic dairy kugel recipe. It's creamy and has a nice crunchy noodle topping, and easily adaptable to suit your taste. For example, you can substitute raisins with another dried fruit, like cherries or chopped dried apricots. You can also mix in nuts and spices before baking. She warns that kugel will taste best when made with full fat ingredients, but if you’re watching your figure you can use low-fat dairy, and it will still taste great.
This kugel recipe, featured on Chabad.org, can be made one day in advance. It slices neatest when it's cold, and can be served warm or cold.
What Jew Wanna Eat whips up a vegetable kugel that will knock your socks off. This recipe includes sweet caramelized leeks, sweet potatoes and zucchini.
The Joy of Kosher adapted this recipe from one she found on Epicurious. The almond topping is optional, but a nice touch to fancy it up.