One of my all-time favorite foods is kugel. A sweetened noodle casserole, kugel has been a staple at holiday meals throughout my life. There are so many different types of kugel, running the gamut from a little sweet to dessert sweet, but what makes it good really comes down to personal preference.
My favorite kugel will always be my mom’s, which was the runner-up in last year’s kugel-off. Much to her chagrin, I spiced it up a bit with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. She claims I destroyed the kugel but it got mad raves at Rosh Hashana dinner with people specifically commenting that they liked the (slight) cinnamonny flavor.
In our family kugel is always served as a side dish although I enjoy eating the leftovers cold, just as I used to in college when my mom would send me back to school with a fresh pan. However you choose to eat kugel, the key is to make it, and I do hope you’ll try this version.
Here’s the recipe:
Mom’s Kugel, makes 24 pieces
1 pound Mrs. Grass’ Goulash noodles*
1/4 pound unsalted butter
1 pint milk
1 pound small curd cottage cheese
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/3 cups corn flake crumbs*, divided
Preheat the oven to 375°F and coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the noodles until al dente, about 8 minutes. The noodles should be cooked but still have a small bite to them. Drain the noodles.
Melt the butter in the same pot over low heat. Once melted, turn off the heat. Add the milk, cottage cheese, eggs, cooked noodles, sugar, vanilla, salt and ground cinnamon. Mix well.
Pour in 1 cup corn flake crumbs and mix until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup corn flake crumbs evenly over the top.
Bake at 375°F for 60 to 70 minutes or until set. Cool slightly then cut into squares. Serve warm.
*I’m not a brand person but my mom says this brand is what you have to use. Who am I to argue? Same goes for using Corn Flake Crumbs, which you can find in the grocery store near the bread crumbs.