The Best Potato Kugel Recipe

So, how can I possibly claim to have the best potato kugel recipe?  Read on if you want to know! (Note: this post contains affiliate links.)

 

I'm warning you: this is the best potato kugel recipe ever! It's a delicious traditional Jewish side dish that sneaks in some veggies.

 

Potato Kugel is a traditional Eastern European Jewish food, and is very popular among Jews today. We like to serve it at our Sabbath and holiday meals, and it’s a weekly staple in many homes.

 

I’ve eaten at many homes, both strangers and relatives, visited many synagogues that served kugel, and tasted so many different variations of potato kugel. But no potato kugel recipe was ever quite as good as my mom’s (you can even ask the neighbors!).

So, I took my mom’s recipe, improved on it just a little bit, and now I believe that I have the right to call this the best potato kugel recipe ever!

 

I'm warning you: this is the best potato kugel recipe ever! It's a delicious traditional Jewish side dish that sneaks in some veggies.

 

Children love helping to make this dish! From prep to finish, there’s something little kids can do. Since it’s a bit of a project, my mom always told us that she’ll make potato kugel only if we help out. So from a young age, we’d help peel the potatoes, man the food processor (with strict supervision), crack the eggs, and mix up the batter (with our bare hands, of course).

 

Potato kugel freezes nicely. You just need to make sure it’s wrapped well, and that you reheat it in the oven so that you keep a good texture. This recipe makes a 9×13 inch pan plus a loaf pan. We usually eat the loaf pan fresh, and then the big pan is polished off within a few days. It rarely makes it to the freezer…

 

 

How to make the best potato kugel recipe ever!

 

The kugel is made of shredded potatoes, onion and zucchini, together with some other ingredients. The secret of the zucchini: it transforms the texture while sneaking some veggies into a very kid-friendly food! The exact balance of egg and oil is also an art that my husband and I experimented with a lot before we came up with this. You can make it lighter by skipping some of the oil, and it will be almost as good.

 

I'm warning you: this is the best potato kugel recipe ever! It's a delicious traditional Jewish side dish that sneaks in some veggies.

 

I shredded the vegetables using this food processor (I just bought it from Amazon exclusively for kugel, and love it!), making the job so much easier. Use the shredder (round blade) with the shredding side up (the small blades, not the larger blade.) Children can help feed the vegetables in (while it’s off, for safety) and press the button to start it.

 

I'm warning you: this is the best potato kugel recipe ever! It's a delicious traditional Jewish side dish that sneaks in some veggies.

 

This is a true “mama’s recipe” and salt and pepper are NOT actually measured, though I did put measurements in the recipe card below. We usually do a pile the size of the palm for salt, and a small heap for pepper. 

 

The Best Potato Kugel Recipe
Make this delicious baked potato dish that sneaks in some protein and vegetable too!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 5 lb bag of potatoes
  2. 3 medium onions
  3. 2 large zucchini
  4. 1 cup vegetable oil
  5. 9 extra large eggs
  6. 1 T salt
  7. 1 t pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel and wash the potatoes, onions, and zucchini
  2. Shred the vegetables using the shredding blade on a food processor. Each time it fills, empty them into a large mixing bowl.
  3. At this point, preheat your oven to 375.
  4. Add the eggs, oil, and spices to the mixing bowl, and mix. (This is best done by hand).
  5. Pour the mixture evenly into your pans. This batch should fit into a 9x13 inch baking pan plus a loaf pan.
  6. Bake uncovered at 375 for an hour and a half, or until the top is a golden brown.
Adapted from my mom
Adapted from my mom
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Yup, we do mix it by hand! This gives us more control, plus it offers lots of sensory fun for little ones. Just make sure everyone washes hands very well before they start.

 

When making a batch this size, you WILL need a very large mixing bowl. We sometimes overflow into the pans too, and split up the mixing job. You can do a half or quarter recipe, but why would you want to? This is, after all, the best potato kugel recipe ever!

 

I'm warning you: this is the best potato kugel recipe ever! It's a delicious traditional Jewish side dish that sneaks in some veggies.

 

Have you ever had potato kugel? If you gave it a try already, do you agree that this is the best potato kugel recipe?

 

 

9 Comments

  1. sounds good, but do you wring the water out of the potatoes before mixing ?

  2. can you replace the vegetable oil with olive oil ?

    • Hi Katie, olive oil has a very strong taste and it will probably come through. I would say that avocado oil is your best bet since it’s mild, but that can be a bit pricey. You CAN try this with much less oil (or leave out the oil – just spray the pan) – it won’t have the same crispy, crunchy oven-fried taste when fresh but it’ll be yummy regardless!

  3. I want to make this and freeze it for Pesech. How does it taste after being frozen and reheated. How do I reheat it for best results?

    • Hi Janice, it does freeze well, however I find that it can get waterlogged easily. I freeze all the time, though – a few tips: Make sure you wrap it really well, reheat in the oven slowly (225 degrees) – and leave plenty of time to do so – this makes it feel crispy and fresh again. Start off with it covered, and crisp it up uncovered at the end. I’ve also undercooked it and then finished baking fresh, but you need to be careful to just barely undercook it so that it doesn’t brown (I did it with 3 kugels, 2 of them didn’t brown, the 3rd was slightly less done and it did brown).

  4. When you freeze it. Do you put it in the oven frozen?
    Just finished, the house smells amazing.
    Thanks for the recipie

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