Traditionally kugelis is served with applesauce or lingonberry preserves, but I like it topped with fried eggs, sour cream and scallions. Any leftovers you may have can also be repurposed into a side dish next to a pork roast or chicken.
The extra effort of draining the potatoes may be off-putting to some, but it takes longer to cook the bacon than it does to drain the potatoes. And the effort is well worth it once you've tasted the final product.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Grate the potatoes on the large holes of a box grater, and place grated potatoes in a bowl of cold water.
Cook bacon over medium high heat until bacon is crisp and fat is rendered, about 7 minutes. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Once bacon is cool enough to handle, coarsely chop. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat, return pan to medium heat, and add chopped onion. Cook until onions are soft and brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve.
Combine beaten eggs and milk and season with salt and pepper. Remove a handful of grated potatoes from water and place in center of clean dishtowel. Close towel around potato and twist towel to ring out water. Add drained potatoes to egg/milk mixture and repeat with remaining potatoes. Add chopped bacon and onions to potato mixture and, using a wooden spoon, mix until all ingredients are well combined; then pour into prepared baking pan. Place in preheated oven and bake until potatoes are soft and brown and beginning to crisp, about 1 hour. Serve with sour cream and sliced scallions.
8 x 8 baking dish