“Killer” Kugel

December 6, 2010

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I don’t make a lot of kugels.  I don’t make them because my kids don’t really eat them and as much as I want to eat the whole tray, it would take me a month to work off the calories.  My grandma (I know, I have been talking about her a lot these days) used to make them all the time.  What I loved most about her kugels were the left overs.  The following day, for breakfast, she would cut off a slice, put some butter in a saute pan and literally pan fry the slice of kugel.  Like the kugel really  needs anymore butter than it already has.  Yet, it is a childhood memory that is rests comfortably on my tastes buds.

My sister-in-law, Tammy is the official kugel creator in our family.  She makes them all time and her 3 kids devour it.  Tonight, my kids experienced kugel for one of the first times(in the past, they  have turned their noses up at it).  They are kugel converts. This kugel would make anyone a convert!

Tonight, is yet another Hanukkah party.  A week of friends, family, food, and celebrations is fun for the kids, but work for me.  To keep things simple tonight, we are going to enjoy a meal of beef daube (dorie’s recipe), butternut squash gratin, a simple salad, and this kugel.

I am guilty of eating seconds.  It is that good!

Killer Kugel
adapted from The NY Times
yield:25-30 servings

1 lb. wide egg noodles
1 pound cream cheese
1/2 lb. plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 pint sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
8 large eggs
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
4 oz. pecans, toasted
1 tsp. vanilla

• grease a 13″ x 9″ glass or ceramic baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.
• cook noodles according to package, drain.
• put cream cheese and 1/2 pound butter in food processor until smooth
• add 1 cup of sugar until combined.
• add sour cream, vanilla, and eggs and process until well mixed.
• fold mixture into  drained noodles and add the pineapple.
• pour mixture into  prepared dish.  cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
• remove from refrigerator about an hour before baking.  preheat oven to 350* and bake for 50 minutes.
• combine pecans, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of kugel. dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and bake another 20 minutes.
• serve room temperature