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Old 03-05-2006, 04:55 PM   #1
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Kugelis

This is a Lithuanian dish served or made with sour cream. My hubby's Gram made it all the time but we have no idea what is in it or how it is made, can anyone help?

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Is this what you are looking for? I hope this helps...

what is described as "farina" in the recipe, must be flour I believe...
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:00 PM   #3
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The only thing I can think of is kugel, which is a Jewish dish... were there Jews in Lithuania? "Kugel" means pudding, and there are many varieties. The most common is probably the noodle kugel, with wide egg noodles, eggs, sour cream, butter, cream cheese... many variations, most of them high in fat and higher in enjoyment. There are also potato kugels, matzo kugels (for Passover when you can't have flour noodles) and ... um... I'm sure there are others.

Be interesting to see if anyone comes up with an authentic Lithuanian variety!
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Kugels, or anything that is called similarly seem to be quite wide spread, they are also popular in Austria, and alpine region of Italy. I think they are in general more or less like "dumplings".
There are many German recipes with the name of kugels, but I think it can represent wider variety of recipes, as kugel means "balls" in german.
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:33 PM   #5
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Yes, there were Jews in Lithiuania.
Here is a kugel I got from Recipe Source...there are many more.

Title: Noodle Kugel
Yield: 12 Servings

500 g Medium broad egg noodles
110 g Sweet butter, softened
6 lg Eggs, separated
250 g Creamed cottage cheese
250 g Sour cream
100 g Sugar
4 15/16 ml Cinnamon
9 7/8 ml Vanilla
14 3/4 ml Orange peel, grated
500 g Apples, peeled, cored,sliced thinly
59 1/8 ml Sugar mixed with
14 3/4 ml Ground cinnamon

Cook noodles in boiling, salted water until just tender, about 10
minutes.Drain well and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add butter
and mix until the butter is melted. Set aside.

In another mixing bowl, combine egg yolks, cottage cheese, sour cream,
sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, orange peel, apples and raisin. Add this
mixture to the noodles and mix thoroughly.

Quickly beat egg whites until stiff.Fold the whites into the noodle
mixture thoroughly.Pour the noodle mixture into a greased 2 1/4 liter
(2 1/2 quart) casserole, suitable for the table. Sprinkle the
cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the top.

Bake in a preheated 205 C (400 F) oven for 45 minutes.

Serve from the casserole, either hot or at room temperature. The
kugel can be rewarmed in a 175 C (350 F) oven for 15 minutes.

Sorry, I don't know who to convert the metrics.
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Is this what you are looking for? I hope this helps...

what is described as "farina" in the recipe, must be flour I believe...
Licia,
If I remember right, Farina, is similar in looks to cream of wheat..I think it is also used for breakfast, like oatmeal or cream of wheat..I could be wrong, but, I do remember my grandmother using it like that. In Italian isn't flour pronounced as farina?

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This is a Lithuanian dish served or made with sour cream. My hubby's Gram made it all the time but we have no idea what is in it or how it is made, can anyone help?
BriansChef,

I'm 3rd generation Lithuanian in the U.S. and I remember the Kugelis (savory potato pudding) and blinis (potato pancakes) that my grandmother made with such love and devotion. They were oh so tasty but loaded with cholesterol.

Here is the closest to her's that I've found on the Internet. I called my 86 year old father and he had the same recollection of her recipe as being very close to the following:

http://www.milda.us/Kugelis.htm

Her cooking was very basic and I don't recall any garlic, flour, farina or other fancy additions. There are no noodles or sweet ingredients in Lituanian kugelis.

Like the blinis (potato pancakes) which was basically the same recipe only pan fried instead of baked, the kugelis is served with sour cream. The potatoes and onions are grated very fine and mixed with the other ingredients and baked in the oven to make a firm set dense pudding. I suppose you could add a bit of baking soda or powder if you wished to have a lighter kugelis.





Thanks for bringing back the memories by asking.
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Thank you so much everyone you have made a very nice gentleman extremely happy! He is 89 years old and is in assisted care, his grandaughter wanted to make him his favorite meals for his birthday celebration. He is going to have kugelis and varitnai, along with a few other things I can't spell correctly!

Again thank you all for your input!
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how cool is that!!!!!

thanks first of all for asking brianschef, and for all of the responses.

my mil made noodle kugel for my wife her whole life, and now my wife makes it as a weekly staple for our son. lol, i cannot stand the stuff, but my boy and wife love it, so that's good enough for me.
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Old 03-25-2006, 09:53 PM   #10
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The Farina a brand name that dates back to the turn of the century when The Pillsbury Company introduced this creamy wheat cereal in 1898. U.S. Mills acquired the Farina brand from Holden Foods in 2001.

Farina is made from cereal grains. It is a bland-tasting flour or meal that, when cooked in boiling water, makes a hot breakfast cereal. It is very easily digested and rich in protein.

Farina is also marketed by Novartis in several forms.
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