While my family does do the traditional Thanksgiving foods (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc), we also always make a noodle kugel. The word “kugel” is Yiddish and kind of translates to “pudding”. Kugels are a traditional Jewish dish dating back 800 years!
My dad has made the kugel in recent years, however, this is the first year that I haven’t spent with my immediate family. So this put a little pressure on me to make a truly awesome kugel.
Yesterday we had a “Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner”…so I made the kugel for the first time, as a test run. I racked my brain out googling kugel, but all the recipies were for sweet noodle kugel. My dad is a great chef and can throw things together without even measuring. I’m a novice chef and a kugel-cook neophyte, so I couldn’t trust myself to use my dad’s method. He was of some assitance to me, giving me round figures of what I should put in.
So, I made the kugel. And it was a HIT! I was so relieved, because I need to make another one for my family in Long Island tomorrow. Now I know I am not a noodle kugel failure!
And now I’m going to share my recipe for SAVORY noodle kugel (aka noodle pudding). It goes great with Thanksgiving food, and is a great side dish whenever you want!
-One and a half packages of broad egg noodles. (I like Mueller’s and I really do think the extra wide egg noodles work the best)
-two sticks of butter (if you’re a butter lover, 3 sticks are OK too ;-))
-one cup of half & half (you can substitute half & half with sour cream, too!)
-8 oz. of cottage cheese (cream cheese is also acceptable — the effect is almost identical)
1) Boil noodles like you normally would
2) Melt butter (but only slightly) and mix in with half & half, eggs, and cottage cheese
3) After noodles are ready, mix in butter/half&half/eggs/cottage cheese batter
4) Pour into casserole dish
5) Cook for roughly 50 minutes. You can tell when it’s done because the top will be crispy like in the above photo.
For a sweet kugel, you can add vanilla, raisins, cinnamon, etc. Noodle kugel also reheats very well, so enjoy the leftovers! :-)
Next time ask me about my rosemary walnut stuffing! Mmmm!
HAPPY TURKEY DAY, FOLKS!!!!