Classic Potato Kugel
by Stella Zedman
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A true grandma classic -- this potato kugel is surprisingly easy to put together, and can be made ahead of time if you prefer.
- 6 tbsp (90 mL) vegetable oil
- 6 large potatoes, peeled
- 1 large onion
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley
- 6 tbsp (90 mL) matzoh meal
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Pour the vegetable oil into a 9x13-inch (23 x 33 cm) rectangular baking dish.
- With the large holes on a hand grater or using the shredding blade of a food processor, grate the potatoes. Transfer the grated potatoes to a colander and run cold water over the shreds, tossing by hand until they are thoroughly rinsed. (This rinses out excess starch and prevents them from turning dark.) Drain thoroughly then squeeze the shredded potatoes by hand to remove as much water as possible. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Grate or chop the onion very finely and add to the shredded potatoes. Beat the eggs with the salt and pepper, and add to the potato mixture along with the chopped parsley and the matzoh meal. Mix thoroughly.
- Place the baking dish containing the vegetable oil into the oven and let it heat for about 5 minutes -- or until very hot. Remove the baking dish from the oven and pour about half of the hot oil into the potato mixture, stir well, then spoon the potato mixture into the hot, oiled baking dish. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the top of the kugel is golden brown and crisp.
How kids can help
Older children (10 and up) can help grate the potatoes with adult supervision. Have them wear rubber gloves while grating to avoid skinned knuckles.
Kids can help rinse and squeeze grated potatoes and mix with other ingredients.
If you want to prepare this kugel ahead of time, underbake it slightly -- 40 to 45 minutes -- then let cool, cover tightly and refrigerate. Reheat at 375° F (190° C) for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and sizzling slightly.