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    Post #1 - November 19th, 2019, 10:53 am
    Post #1 - November 19th, 2019, 10:53 am Post #1 - November 19th, 2019, 10:53 am
    Another round of Granny's Kugel, best I've made to date and thought it deserves its own thread. Verging on custardy, rich as Scrooge McDuck with a surprising lightness and warm gooey blanket of melted cheddar cheese. This is the King, Queen reigning non-binary champ of side dishes.

    Basic recipe may be found in the Rosh Hashanah thread here subtle changes, which enhanced, below.

    Slight changes:
    Made noodles in advance, light oil, chill.
    Half & half for part of the milk (I had leftover I wanted to use)
    8-eggs well whipped with the milk and sour cream
    Put all ingredients in a well buttered pan and really mixed it well with my hands, bringing it up and incorporating a little air.
    350° oven until set, took about an hour and thirty minutes, then cheese topping until bubbling.
    Let rest 25-minutes.
    Light, fluffy, almost custard. Oooh and Aaahs all around.
    Brother in-law ate so much he could barely speak after dinner.

    Ribs5.jpg Granny's Kugel and rib.

    Ribs14.jpg Granny's Kugel

    Ribs12.jpg Buratta & Tomatoes

    RibsP4.jpg Ribs

    Ribs16.jpg Ribs on Big Green Egg


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  • Post #2 - November 19th, 2019, 11:39 am
    Post #2 - November 19th, 2019, 11:39 am Post #2 - November 19th, 2019, 11:39 am
    That looks amazing, Gary.
    -Mary
  • Post #3 - November 19th, 2019, 2:31 pm
    Post #3 - November 19th, 2019, 2:31 pm Post #3 - November 19th, 2019, 2:31 pm
    The are a lot of variables in kugel. Cheddar cheese sounds weird, but most of the kugels I've had tend toward the sweet side. My family uses pineapple in the mix ("the medium size can, which is the small can since they no longer make the small can" says my mom's recipe), and no topping; my sister's in-laws use raisins and cinnamon in the mix and cornflake crumbs on top, which I am not a fan of.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #4 - November 19th, 2019, 4:48 pm
    Post #4 - November 19th, 2019, 4:48 pm Post #4 - November 19th, 2019, 4:48 pm
    JoelF wrote:The are a lot of variables in kugel. Cheddar cheese sounds weird, but most of the kugels I've had tend toward the sweet side. My family uses pineapple in the mix
    Weird, you want to talk weird, pineapple!
    I am not a fan of sweet kugel. That said, I've made Jazzfood's Aunt Honey's Kugel which skews sweet and it's tasty.

    And yes, there are many variables in kugel, as many as there are Jewish Grandmothers. I prefer my maternal grandmother's version. Also, cheddar cheese is just a sprinkle at the end, not incorporated in the actual kugel.
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  • Post #5 - November 19th, 2019, 5:19 pm
    Post #5 - November 19th, 2019, 5:19 pm Post #5 - November 19th, 2019, 5:19 pm
    The GP wrote:That looks amazing, Gary.
    Thanks, this is becoming my most requested friend/relative home cooked meal, ribs, 7-Pepper BBQ sauce, Granny's Kugel and a salad. I offered to grill a giant aged porterhouse from Joseph's but my brother in-law said he could get steak in Arizona, not ribs. That said, he ate equal parts ribs and kugel to the point of bursting.
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  • Post #6 - November 22nd, 2019, 7:53 am
    Post #6 - November 22nd, 2019, 7:53 am Post #6 - November 22nd, 2019, 7:53 am
    Muffin tin Granny's kugel. Why? Just for shits and giggles. Plus snappy juicy full flavored Joseph's natural casing hot dog on a Martin's potato bun. #homecooking #lowslowbbq #countmeafan #nobabycorn

    KugelMuffinHotDogP1.jpg Muffin tin Granny's kugel, Joseph's natural casing hot dog

    KugelMuffinHotDogP2.jpg Muffin tin Granny's kugel

    KugelMuffinHotDogP3.jpg Muffin tin Granny's kugel


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  • Post #7 - December 4th, 2019, 9:52 am
    Post #7 - December 4th, 2019, 9:52 am Post #7 - December 4th, 2019, 9:52 am
    Kugel thread! Speaks to me!
    Of the infinite variations of kugel I am aware of, I admit to never hearing of cheddar cheese in there. EVER. But then again, kugel, in its various forms, is a staple on many Kosher tables, and by evidence of the pics posted above, we are in unorthodox (sorry) territory <smile> - so bring it on!
  • Post #8 - December 4th, 2019, 10:54 am
    Post #8 - December 4th, 2019, 10:54 am Post #8 - December 4th, 2019, 10:54 am
    jilter wrote:Kugel thread! Speaks to me!
    Of the infinite variations of kugel I am aware of, I admit to never hearing of cheddar cheese in there. EVER.
    Two things. One, I grew up in Wisconsin, cheddar cheese went on pretty much everything. Two, cheddar is shredded and scattered on top for the last 15-minutes as color, texture and, well, cheddar. It is not incorporated in the mix.

    I've left the cheddar out on more than one occasion without any deduction in perceived deliciousness. (When I forgot to buy cheddar)
    And yes, kugel is infinite, like the universe and Elton John's wardrobe.
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  • Post #9 - December 4th, 2019, 2:43 pm
    Post #9 - December 4th, 2019, 2:43 pm Post #9 - December 4th, 2019, 2:43 pm
    G Wiv wrote:And yes, kugel is infinite, like the universe and Elton John's wardrobe.


    Albert Einstein wrote: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    :mrgreen:
    The thing about quotes on the internet is you can not confirm their validity. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • Post #10 - December 4th, 2019, 4:20 pm
    Post #10 - December 4th, 2019, 4:20 pm Post #10 - December 4th, 2019, 4:20 pm
    G Wiv wrote:
    jilter wrote:Kugel thread! Speaks to me!
    Of the infinite variations of kugel I am aware of, I admit to never hearing of cheddar cheese in there. EVER.
    Two things. One, I grew up in Wisconsin, cheddar cheese went on pretty much everything. Two, cheddar is shredded and scattered on top for the last 15-minutes as color, texture and, well, cheddar. It is not incorporated in the mix.

    And now I'm thinking about a kugel with apple pieces instead of the more typical raisins (or my family's mutation with canned pineapple), and the cheddar on top as is done with apple pie.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #11 - December 11th, 2019, 7:10 pm
    Post #11 - December 11th, 2019, 7:10 pm Post #11 - December 11th, 2019, 7:10 pm
    Potato kugel. On a Yiddisha cooking kick. Just in time for Christmas. #homecooking

    KugelPotatoP1.jpg Potato kugel


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  • Post #12 - December 13th, 2019, 9:22 am
    Post #12 - December 13th, 2019, 9:22 am Post #12 - December 13th, 2019, 9:22 am
    Jewish "Soul-Food"- is a touchy subject.

    Yes- there's decades-old debate
    about the relative merits of "Floaters" v. "Sinkers"
    ....and the Chopped Chicken Liver - discussion of frying with
    the onions + livers w/schmaltz versus a neutral oil, and
    adding "crude"/raw onions at the end for a little "bite"....but,
    Noodle Kugel?-
    there's only ONE that's perfect IMHO......Momma KRAMER's!
    Mrs. Kramer spent so many hours of solid "experimenting"
    w/ various proportions and combinations of
    Cottage Cheese
    versus Sour Cream versus Cream Cheese,
    Whole Eggs- or more Egg Yolks, etc.etc.
    Vanilla Extract v. Vanilla Bean infusion that I am proud to say-
    I "own" The Recipe.
    Momma's dream was (and still is- even though she's now 86 year young)
    to commercialize her Noodle Kugel-
    and sell it in Pop-up-Stores &/or-
    Deli Cases of "nice" Grocers throughout
    the US.
    ImageNoodle Kugel-- Jewish SOUL Food by R. Kramer, on Flickr
    Now-
    I'd love to share it with you....but-
    I will point out-
    that one of my adaptations- was to "plump-up"- the Traders Joe's
    multi-colored Jumbo Raisins in the microwave- w/a little water + a "spritz" of Orange Blossom Water- and along w/ my Egg Mixture-
    with my Cinnamon, just a "setz" of freshly grated Nutmeg.
    OMG!
    -da'_BEST-ever!
    And- Gary- I too- have tried making them in my Muffin Tin's
    (cooked in a Baine-Marie though)- which is an ideal- Portion-Controlled-
    servin'!
  • Post #13 - December 13th, 2019, 9:51 am
    Post #13 - December 13th, 2019, 9:51 am Post #13 - December 13th, 2019, 9:51 am
    Hombre de Acero wrote:And- Gary- I too- have tried making them in my Muffin Tin's
    (cooked in a Baine-Marie though)- which is an ideal- Portion-Controlled-
    servin'!

    Very good idea, thanks for sharing.
    I am not a raisins in kugel guy, neither was my grandmother, not a sweet kugel guy either. I'll eat sweet kugel if set in front of me, and your H d Acero version looks terrific love the crispy edges, but generally not my style.

    I made matzo ball soup the other day, for the millionth time. The matzo ball was light, fluffy, huge and delicious. The best I've made.
    Question: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
    Answer: Practice, practice, practice.

    MatzoBallSoupP1.jpg Matzo Ball soup
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  • Post #14 - December 13th, 2019, 2:38 pm
    Post #14 - December 13th, 2019, 2:38 pm Post #14 - December 13th, 2019, 2:38 pm
    G Wiv wrote:
    Hombre de Acero wrote:And- Gary- I too- have tried making them in my Muffin Tin's
    (cooked in a Baine-Marie though)- which is an ideal- Portion-Controlled-
    servin'!

    Very good idea, thanks for sharing.
    I am not a raisins in kugel guy, neither was my grandmother...

    I keep telling you guys, canned pineapple
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang

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