Toss out that old grater and set aside your food processor, potato kugel just got easier with Spiralized Potato and Fennel Kugel for your holiday meal.
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Let’s talk kugel today. Passover is only a few weeks away and if your family is like mine a giant dish of potato kugel will be sitting on that table as part of your festive meal.
It’s actually funny when you say the word kugel in general conversation, most assume the noodle variety but in my home and to me – potato is where it’s at. If you aren’t familiar with the dish at all, kugel is essential a pudding and very popular around Passover when leavened bread and a number of other wheat products are strictly forbidden.
When people think of Passover, I think that the most common association is matzo (and our strict 8-day diet) but in reality it’s all about the potatoes. You see when your core diet is tossed out the window, potatoes become your new best friend.
Kugel, roasted potatoes, baked potatoes, boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato chips, it’s all fair game and a big bag of Idaho® Potatoes gets used up very quickly. Most of the time, it’s within the first 2 days just preparing for the holiday meals!
I love it though because potatoes are a mainstay in my diet to begin with, you are alway guaranteed to see a bag of Idaho Russet Burbank Potatoes in my pantry or some fingerlings floating around. They are affordable and full of nutrition – such as potassium, vitamin c, plenty of fiber and of course naturally gluten free.
Enough nutrition talk though, we are here because we want a new version of our boring side dish right?
Yes, that’s absolutely correct.
Like I said, I love potato kugel but what I don’t love is the prep, the mess and how heavy it can be after it’s baked up. Tell me, how many kugels have you had that end up gray and mushy in the center?
Not very appetizing is it? Plus, it’s just one flavor all the way through, after a few bites you’re done (I know I am). What you need is this version. First you need to break out your spiralizer, and if you haven’t bought one yet, I don’t know what you are waiting for. Next spiralize everything, yes including the fennel and onion. Prep work takes 10 minutes – that’s it! No bloody knuckles thanks to grating on that rusty hand grater and no need to sit and drain excess liquid from your potatoes and onions.
Toss everything in a bowl with the remaining ingredients, divide equally between muffin cups and bake away. Did I mention bake time takes 35 minutes? Once it’s finished, we have perfect individual portions of crispy kugel with a flavorful interior thanks to the sweet fennel and onion.
I guarantee you will love it and it’ll become a holiday family tradition for years to come! Oh and because I know you’ll need more potato recipes to get you through the rest of Passover make sure to visit Idaho® Potatoes for many more!
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