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This year for the High Holidays, I set out to make a Gluten-Free Jewish Noodle Kugel. This is Jewish comfort food at its best and while it’s not exactly healthy, I was able to eliminate wheat and processed sugar and it still tasted authentic and delicious.
What is the heck is a kugel, you ask?
Kugel, a traditional Ashkenazi dish, seems to be ever-present at Jewish holidays and events. It can be sweet or savory, dairy or pareve, but kugel, at it’s heart, is just a baked casserole composed of a starch (typically noodles or potato), eggs, and a fat.
Pronounced either kuh-gull or koo-gull, this Yiddish name is the German word for “sphere,” and reflects kugel’s humble and very German origins.
Today, kugels are typically baked alone in square or rectangular pans, and then cut into individual portions. The noodle version is frequently called a “noodle pudding,” which, again, is a reference to its steamed predecessors. Adding eggs, milk, and cheese creates a custard around the noodles and produces a deliciously decadent dish, albeit an immediate elevation in your cholesterol (and possibly confused frightened faces amongst non-Jews: sugary creamy noodles? for dinner?!).
This recipe is a sweet noodle kugel as it contains honey, apples and raisins (traditional Rosh Hashanah foods) but it would be delicious any time of the year. It goes perfectly with this Crispy Whole Roast Chicken and Vegetables.
Try this gluten-free noodle kugel recipe and let me know what you think. Be sure to tag #grownupdish or @grownup_dish on Instagram so I can share your posts.