I knew that I wanted to share a Passover recipe this year, but I wanted it to be a special one. There was no contest when it came to my favorite Passover dish. It’s always been my Auntie Rose and Uncle Lewie’s potato kugel. It was one of the dishes that I always had to have seconds and had they allowed me to, I probably would have eaten the entire thing all by myself. Now that Auntie Rose and Uncle Lewie have both passed, finding the recipe has been a challenge. My Aunt has one, but after making it, we found that there were some discrepancies to how we remember it tasting. I searched all over google, as well as in various cookbooks, but none of the other recipes are as good as theirs was.
Growing up, Passover was one of those holidays that was so memorable. Our entire family would gather at my Nana and Papa’s house (and occasionally my Uncle Jeff and Aunt Diane’s house) for the traditional seder and have a feast. As a kid, my favorite parts were the singing and finding the afikomen. The afikomen is a piece of matzo, broken off and put aside to be eaten at the end of the meal. It is traditionally hidden during the Seder to be searched for by the children. Our Papa usually hid it in the kitchen, when we weren’t paying attention. As soon as it was time to search for it, we’d usually help the youngest child find it. Then we would split it among the grandkids and sell it to our Papa and two Uncles for money. Not a bad tradition and I usually walked out of their house that night with over $100 and a full tummy! Score!
So, while we are still trying to perfect Uncle Lewie and Auntie Rose’s potato kugel, this is the closest we’ve been able to come to it. If you’ve never tried it, the best way to describe it is almost like hash browns, but in a casserole form.
Potato Kugel Recipe
Potato Kugel, Kosher for Passover
- 6 Idaho Potatoes grated
- 1 Onion grated
- 2 Eggs beaten
- 4 tbsp Matzo Meal (or flour if you're not making it for Passover)
- 1 tsp Baking Power (leave this out during Passover)
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 5 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- Sour Cream (optional)
- Scallions/Chives (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Peel and grate potatoes. Keep them in water to keep them from turning brown.
- Put grated potatoes into a cheese cloth and squeeze out water.
- Grate onion and add to bowl of potatoes.
- Beat 2 eggs and add to bowl of potato mixture.
- Add the remaining ingredients (set aside one tbsp of oil) and stir until blended together.
- Add mixture into 1.5 quart greased baking dish.
- Drizzle extra tbsp of oil on top. This will help it brown better.
- Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.
- Lower to 375 and bake for 55-60 minutes more.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Cut into servings and top with sour cream and chives if desired.
This was the first year my oldest daughter would try it and I was so happy that she wound up eating 3 pieces! Auntie Rose and Uncle Lewie would have been proud! Now, if we can only figure out what’s missing…
Have you ever tried potato kugel?
Make sure to check out the rest of our family favorite recipes.
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Dishes: Rae Dunn