recipe: Kugel latkes combine two Chanukkah favorites
Mary Bilyeu, Contributor
Well, then, what better way to celebrate than to fry up some dairy products?
Kugel (a sweet noodle pudding) and latkes (potato pancakes) are two of the great traditional Jewish foods, and among my own personal favorites. And it occurred to me: if everyone loves the crunchy topping that comes from baking the kugel, why not maximize that by frying the mixture rather than cooking it in the oven? Transform the kugel from a casserole into little pancakes!
And so, Kugel Latkes were born one afternoon. Crispy, sweet, creamy with pockets of cottage cheese, fragrant with hints of cinnamon... I have to pat my own back for this little creation. They are so, so good! No redeeming nutritional value, of course; but then, Chanukkah has never been about health food. It's just about fun food.
If you'd like to try other celebratory foods during Chanukkah, which began this past Saturday evening and ends on Sunday, here are some options:
8 ounces egg noodles, prepared according to package directions
3/4 cup cottage cheese
1/3 cup Solo almond pastry filling
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons matzah meal
oil, for frying
In a large bowl, combine noodles, cottage cheese, almond filling, sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and matzah meal; mix well.
Place oil into a large skillet to 1/4-inch depth; heat over medium-high heat.
Drop batter by 1/4-cupfuls into oil; fry 3 minutes or so per side, until golden brown, turning carefully. Remove to drain on a brown paper bag (the latkes tend to stick to paper towels). Continue until batter is used up.
Makes 1 dozen latkes.
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