Tuesday, 11 September 2012

potato, carrot and rosemary kugel



... September looks to be an exhausting month... i'm not complaining but sometimes I do wish I could find the 'off' switch and power down... or at least take a fizzy drink for the stress... I think that's called a gin & tonic but it's all just a ball of confusion if you ask me... and talking of confusion - isn't it funny this British weather... and YES, I KNOW we are OBSESSED with the weather but when she's like a scatty old aunt who can't make her mind up, it's hard not to be...  today we'll have heat and sunshine and then tomorrow I think cold and rain and then just to confuse the pants off you I think the next day we'll go for hot and rainy... just make up your bloody mind lady... either give us a glorious Indian summer or bugger off and let it get cold and autumnal so we can get on with planning for it...

... so if we can't have sunshine outside I thought i'd bring you a ray of sunshine inside with this potato kugel... whilst this was baking in the oven not only did The Viking keep nagging me for when it would be ready but the neighbours also popped their head in to enquire what the incredible aroma was that was wafting over the fences... always the sign of a winner in the kitchen if you ask me...




potato, carrot and rosemary kugel
a potato kugel is traditional eastern european jewish dish originally served during festivals... it's a very simple dish that is usually consists of just grated potato and onion but I had some carrots to use up and thought they'd make a nice addition here... it's quite a sweet dish so serves well with lamb or beef but also works really well served with goats cheese or feta salad... my mum makes her version of kugel and serves it in slices, in place of roast potatoes with Friday night dinner or a Sunday roast... and of course it could work well with breakfast... and having made a wonderful rosti recently this is a nice twist on a similar theme...

5 medium potatoes
2 large onions - grated
2 large carrots - grated
2 eggs - beaten
2 tablespoons flour
salt and pepper
a large handful of fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons of olive oil

- cut the potatoes into large chunks and par boil till just beginning to yeald, drain and place in the fridge for one hour

- after an hour, grate the potatoes and add them with the rest if the ingredients to a large bowl and mix together well

- pour into a greased cake tin or roasting tray and roast in the oven on 190C till golden and grisp around the edges


as rosemary brings its sweet and heady aroma quite unashamedly to this dish I am entering it into my new favourite bloggers challenge Herbs on a Saturday, hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage

eat and of course, enjoy!


29 comments:

  1. A German friend of my mother used to make something like these but minus the rosemary - said it made meals easier. Feeding time at her house was like a pack of dogs waiting for frisbees to be thrown. Splendid stuff.

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  2. That looks lovely. As to the weather....I put on a skirt this morning and am now sat watching a torrential downpour (it might even be hail).

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  3. This looks and sounds delicious. I love the twist of adding some carrot and rosemary and the fact you bake it . Kugel is such a good name too!

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  4. I love this kind of food. I am actually going to make it for lunch in just a few minutes. I know you serve it as a side dish but I will make a meal of it with a slice of crusty bread and butter and a bit of salad. Thanks for a lovely luncheon idea!

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  5. This sounds wonderful! I love cooking like this, I've made something similar before and it was so comforting. How nice that your neighbours came to enquire!

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  6. I'm all about crispy and the edges look like they would be delicious to rip off and munch. A green salad, a glass of white wine and this would be an excellent supper for my husband and I.

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  7. Mmmmmm, this sounds amazing Dom as we move into comfort foods.

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  8. This looks so wonderful and the list of ingredients is making me hungry !! It's exactly my kind of food.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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  9. I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer quite yet (denial!) but when I do, bring on the kugel...

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  10. Yes I can't wait for Autumn you had me laughing when you said fizzy drink. In my mind I was thinking "yeah I love a good soda pop too" then I read gin and tonic...LOL! : )

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  11. Oh a good autumnal dish which sounds delicious. A gorgeous sunny colour just right for the long spell of glorious Autumn weather we ARE going to get!!!

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  12. Yum - very nice dish for this time of year. Autumn has defo arrived in Edinburgh ... mind you I think secretly its been hanging around since last year as summer never seemed to arrive AGAIN!

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  13. I adore kugel Dom and yours looks divine, plus I bet the rosemary is a great herbal addition to this too.....thanks so much for this lovely entry into Herbs on Saturday. Karen

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  14. I've never tried a kugel before, but your kugel sure looks food :-) x

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  15. loved finding out about a new dish from you! this reminds me of the rosti, but with much less faff because you can just chuck it all into the oven. and kind of like the gratin too, but with no need to make a sauce, and with extra crispy edges. sure I'll love it!

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  16. This looks absolutely lovely. I first thought it was a hash brown. But after reading, this sounds really tasty. I wonder if adding a cheddar into this would be worthwhile, maybe not.

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  17. Yum-yum! But I have coeliac disease - can anyone please suggest what gluten-free flour would be best for this? I'm thinking potato flour but don't want to spoil a lovely recipe!

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    1. I think potato flour would work

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  18. This looks and sounds delicious - I love food like this! I bet the rosemary works really well with the flavour of the carrots.

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  19. I would love to eat that with poached eggs and bacon, I think I may have to!

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  20. I think I'm in love, no not with you, with the Kugel! This is on my 'to make' list for the weekend. Thanks Dom XXX

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  21. Well I have to say I've never heard of Kugel but it looks really tasty...and carrot does sound like a good addition! :-)

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  22. Wow this looks amazing! I'd be over like a shot if I lived next door :) The flavours sound amazing

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  23. Ah, so THAT's what a kugel is! And now I know what we are going to have for dinner tomorrow night, possibly with the addition of a little ham (not very kosher, I know).
    I am trying with all my might not to mention kugel exercises... and chin up, champ, it's practically October so your September horriblis will soon be a distant memory x

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  24. This looks great and happy Jewish new year

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  25. Well, I didn't know what a kugel was either but I'd love some for brunch one Sunday when I can't be bothered to get up at a decent hour. I'm actually rather enjoying this slightly bizarre weather - never knowing what to expect suits me at the moment.

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  26. gonna make me some of these next week!

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  27. Wow, this looks fantastic! I think I'm going to end up with some leftover potatoes after today and I've not got a use for them! Yum yum!

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  28. Love the idea of serving this with feta or goats cheese - it looks wonderfully calming some how :-)

    Thanks so much for sharing - I have included this in my post on wonderful ways to cook with rosemary, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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