Potato Kugel

April 20, 2011

Another traditional food, potato kugel is often a staple at the Passover sedar table. Unlike the sweet noodle kugels which are not allowed during Passover,this is a savory side. After combining several recipes I ended up with a dish that was home fry crunchy on the outside and moist and soft on the inside. Often served with beef brisket or lamb,it would add a nice touch to any entree. L’chaim from my table to yours !

  • 5 lbs. russet potatoes (approx.10 medium sized)
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 t. salt
  • 1 T.cumin
  • 1 t. coriander
  • 1.2 t. paprika
  • 1/4 turmeric
  • 1 t. white pepper
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 C. matzoh meal
  • 1/2 C. finely diced onion (or if your eyes can stand it, grated )

In a large bowl,beat eggs with all seasonings until frothy. Do this before you peel and grate your potatoes and set aside.

Peel the potatoes,then use a food processor or hand grater to grate them.You want them julienne and on the thick side (think home fries) Grate directly into or transfer to a colander.Put the colander in the sink or on a plate (which I did so you  can see all the liquid that comes out) Work fast as they will turn brown quickly.

Squeeze the excess water out of the potatoes using your hands, or by pressing down with a potato masher. See all that excess water? That is what makes for a heavy kugel which can be used for a doorstop and will feel like lead in your stomach.You should get almost a cup of  liquid out.

Add the potatoes to the egg mixture,with the onions and the matzoh meal.Use your hands to combine everything well.Your hands are youir best kitchen tools!

Using a tablespoon of the olive oil grease  a 9 x 13 pan. (I have given measurements for a kugel that serves 10-12-you are seeing half a recipe for my small family) Put potato mixture into dish and drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top.

Bake covered for 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven.Uncover and bake 30 minutes more.




  1. Delish–like a big latke…good job on grating all the potatoes it’s so much work! This is a real winner!

    • Remember though- crackers are not kosher for Pesach!

  2. Can I use something like Ritz crumbs? It’s 30 miles to the nearest Matzoh meal from here! Looks YUM!!

    • I think that would work fine Bea.Confession- I didn’t buy matzoh meal- I just crushed a piece of matzoh.Anything to bind it will do.

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