Golden Potato Kugel

This recipe for Golden Potato Kugel was inspired by a recipe our friend, Melissa Goodman, posted on eGullet a while back. It is truly fabulous, one of the best potato kugel recipes ever. I hope you enjoy it for this Pesach. – Rachel

I use a food processor for all the slicing, grating and mixing of ingredients in this recipe (heck, I even make use of that plastic blade). But, you will still need a big bowl for the final mixing of all the ingredients together. Hint: you don’t have to clean any of the blades until you are done with the recipe.

If homemade schmaltz is unavailable, you can use Nyafat or Margarine if you want to keep it kosher parve or meat, but if not or for a dairy meal, use softened butter instead.

Another Hint: Have a second, smaller, casserole dish ready to go along with the larger one. Especially if you are making this ahead. This will placate husbands who need to taste immediately and keep the larger one looking nice for company. ;)

1/2 c parsley leaves
4 yellow onions, medium sized (divided)
1/2 c schmaltz (rendered chicken fat)
7 eggs
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 c carrots, peeled
4 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes
2/3 c matzo meal
1/2 tsp baking powder

Mince the parsley in the food processor using the chopping blade and pulsing. Put minced parsley in the big mixing bowl, remove chopping blade, put on slicing blade.

Peel onions, cut them in half and slice them. Heat a large saute pan, add about 1/4 cup schmaltz and fry about 3/4 of the onions to a nice carmelized brown (this will take a long while, have patience and don’t burn them). Leave the remaining 1/4 of the sliced onions in the bowl of the food processor. Remove the slicing blade and put back in the regular chopping blade. Pulse to grate the remaining onion finely. Put in big bowl — you may want to cover the bowl with its lid, plastic wrap or foil, to keep the onion fumes down.

Remove the slicing blade and put on the plastic blade. Break the eggs into the food processor bowl, add the salt and pepper and pulse to mix and beat the eggs. Add the parsley and raw onion to the FP bowl and pulse to combine. Put back in the big bowl.

How are those carmelized onions coming? You want them a nice dark golden brown.

Using the shredding blade, shred the carrots, add to bowl.

Peel the potatoes and place in bowl of cold water until you are ready to shred them. Don’t shred them until the onions are carmelized. If it looks like it will take a while for the onions to finish, put the covered mixing bowl in the fridge. When the onions are browned, set them aside to cool.

Pre-heat oven before shredding the potatoes, to 375F (I used 350 convection). Now shred the potatoes and immediately mix with the other ingredients (the onions will help keep the potatoes from turning brown, but you don’t want it too sit too long). Add the matzo meal, baking powder, carmelized onions and remaining schmaltz and mix thoroughtly, you’ll probably have to use your hands at this point. Grease a large baking dish (I used my largest pyrex lasagna pan) with a little more schmaltz, and scoop in the mixture, smoothing off the top.

Bake for at least 60-90 minutes or until light brown and crisp looking on top. If making ahead, remove from oven before it is too browned (about 1 hour) and bake for at least 30 minutes on the day of serving.

4 Responses to Golden Potato Kugel

  1. […] Rachel’s Golden Potato Kugel: Rachel adapted this recipe from Melissa’s already excellent original, but tweaked it out with lots of caramelized onions. Don’t hesitate to make this one — you might need to make a few pans worth, because it disappears fast. […]

  2. Melissa says:

    Tweak away! The taste of those caramelized onions adds a certain “je ne sais quoi” to the final outcome …

  3. Diane says:

    I would like to try this, but I can’t figure out how to print it without half of it getting cut off.

    Also, can I substitute olive or canola oil for butter or schmaltz. ?

  4. Rachel Perlow says:

    Hmm, I don’t know the problem is, printing wise, but I’m having the same difficulty, even when I print to .pdf. And, I can’t select the text to move it into Word to print out. Jason?

    Meanwhile, here’s a link to the recipe on recipeGullet:, that seems to print OK.

    As for substituting canola oil, you can, but I can’t promise you it will still be the best ever. ;)

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