Kugelis:Lithuanian Savory Potato Pudding
A national dish of Lithuania, kugelis is a rich potato pudding that can be served on its own as a filling meal or as a side dish. Also known as bulviu plokstainis, or “flat potato dish,” you can serve kugelis with applesauce, lingonberry preserves or a big dollop of sour cream.
The potatoes should be grated on the large, not small, holes of a hand grater. Too fine of a grate will adversely affect the texture of the finished dish.
Bacon, chopped — 5 slices
Onion, finely chopped — 1
Large potatoes, peeled and grated — 8
Eggs, beaten — 5
Hot milk or cream — 1 1/2 cups
Salt and pepper — to season
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Place a large pot over medium-high flame and add the bacon.
Saute until the bacon releases its fat and begins to brown.
Add the chopped onions and saute until they are cooked through and translucent, 4 or 5 minutes.
Remove the pot from heat and stir in the grated potatoes.
Then stir in the beaten eggs, hot milk or cream, salt and pepper.
Pour the potato mixture into a greased baking dish and smooth out the top.
Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Then reduce heat to 350°F and bake for another 45 minutes until cooked through and browned on the top.
Cut into squares and serve hot with applesauce, lingonberry preserves or sour cream.
The number of eggs and amount of milk or cream varies widely in recipes. This recipes is on the higher side. Some recipes have as few as 3 eggs and 1/2 cup milk or cream.
For a common variation, stir in 1/4 cup of farina (Cream of Wheat) or semolina before baking.