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Easy Lithuanian Kugelis Recipe - Savory Potato Pudding

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Lithuanian Potato Kugelis

Lithuanian Potato Kugelis - Savory Potato Pudding

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Lithuanian kugelis is made exclusively with potatoes, but Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews make their kugel with everything from potatoes to noodles to cauliflower and more.

This Lithuanian national treasure is usually served as a side dish, but it's great as a vegetarian main course if you leave out the bacon.

Traditionally, Lithuanian kugelis is made with grated potatoes, but this easy version uses frozen hash brown potatoes instead. Compare this recipe with traditional Lithuanian kugelis recipe.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 1 (13x9-inch) pan Easy Kugelis


  • 1/2 pound chopped bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 (7-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup farina
  • 2 (32-ounce) bags frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed and squeezed of excess moisture


  1. In a large skillet, saute bacon and onion until lightly browned and caramelized. Set aside to cool.

  2. Place oven shelf in middle and heat to 350 degrees. Coat a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, evaporated milk, salt and farina. Add bacon-onion mixture and drippings. Stir.

  3. Add thawed and squeezed hash brown potatoes to egg-bacon mixture, combining well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until top is quite brown but interior is still moist.

  4. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve topped with sour cream, if desired. Leftovers can be browned in butter the next day.
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 1 out of 5
KEGULIS, Member KATE0044

This is absolutely NOT a good recipe for real tasting kegulis!! Having married into a family full of Lithuanian's I learned from the BEST!! I would never make this recipe or give it to anyone that wants real tasting Lithuanian food; it really is a shame when someone tries to mess with or lessen calories for what they think will be a better dish, NOTHING beats the original....I would give this a 1/2 star.

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