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Traditional Lithuanian Potato Pudding Recipe - Kugelis or Bulviu Plokstainis

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Lithuanian Kugelis

Lithuanian Kugelis

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This traditional recipe for Lithuanian potato pudding, known as kugelis or bulviu plokstainis (literally "flat potato"), produces a dense, heavy affair that is considered a national dish of Lithuania. It is commonly served with applesauce, lingonberry preserves, sour cream, or crumbled bacon bits. Kugelis can be eaten as a main course or side dish. Compare this recipe with Easy Lithuanian Kugelis and Polish Potato Pie Recipe - Baba Kartoflana or Kartoflak.

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Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 1 (13x9-inch) pan Kugelis

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 5 pounds peeled and grated (not shredded) red or white potatoes

Preparation:

  1. In a large skillet, saute bacon and onion until lightly browned and caramelized. Do not drain the fat. 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. Using a food processor or by hand, finely grate potatoes, squeezing out excess moisture. Work quickly so potatoes don't darken. Check out this QUICK TIP to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark. Add 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 solid but still moist.

  4. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into squares. Leftovers can be browned in butter the next day.
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