Kugelis a Traditional Lithuanian Potato Casserole Recipe

Kugelis
Kugelis | Source

What is Kugelis?

Potato pudding or kugelis is an authentic Lithuanian dish, which was influenced by German traditional cooking.

Definition of kugelis: Flat potato dish.

Often I prepare this to go along with a special meal for Christmas or Easter. The first time I tasted kugelis was at my husband's grandparents' home. After one bite I knew I had to learn how to make this delicious dish. My father-in-law and his parents are from Lithuania and were all happy to know that I wanted to learn more about Lithuanian cooking.

There are variations to this recipe, however you will find that most recipes follow the same basic instructions and ingredients.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves 6-9 people

Items Needed to Make Kugelis

  • Frying Pan
  • Grater
  • Paper towels
  • Several clean kitchen or tea towels
  • One large mixing bowl, one small mixing bowl
  • Chopping knife
  • Knife or vegetable peeler
  • Rubber spatula
  • A 10" round baking dish, rectangle or a heavy oven proof skillet


Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound of sliced bacon, diced
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 pounds of potatoes, peeled
  • 1 cup of either light cream or half & half cream
  • 3 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 4 TBS. of butter
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • Several dollops of sour cream, to serve with the kugelis
Bacon is draining on paper towels while chopped onions are cooking.
Bacon is draining on paper towels while chopped onions are cooking. | Source
Grate your potatoes into a large bowl.
Grate your potatoes into a large bowl. | Source
Place grated potatoes onto a tea towel and roll to get the moisture out.
Place grated potatoes onto a tea towel and roll to get the moisture out. | Source
Mix all ingredients in a clean bowl. Fold stiff egg whites into mixture.
Mix all ingredients in a clean bowl. Fold stiff egg whites into mixture. | Source
Carefully put mixture into your baking dish. Dot top of potato mixture with butter.
Carefully put mixture into your baking dish. Dot top of potato mixture with butter. | Source

Step by Step Instructions For Making Kugelis

  1. To start with, dice the bacon and sauté over medium heat in a frying pan, until the bacon render’s its fat. Drain the bacon on paper towels. Pour off all the fat except 2 Tablespoons.
  2. Chop the onions finely and add them to the reserved bacon fat in the frying pan. Sauté the onions over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Peel potatoes and rinse under cold water. Grate potatoes into a large bowl and rinse and drain several times in cold water.
  4. Using clean kitchen or tea towels squeeze to remove as much water as possible. Rinse the potatoes in cold water one more time, and squeeze again in a tea towel.
  5. In a large bowl combine the grated potatoes, sautéed onions and bacon along with cream, and slightly beaten egg yolks. Season generously with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  6. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a 10" round or rectangle oven safe baking dish or skillet.
  7. In a small bowl beat 2 large eggs whites until they are stiff.
  8. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the potato mixture.
  9. Carefully transfer the mixture into your baking dish. Dot the top of the potato mixture with butter.
  10. Once your oven is preheated, place the kugelis into the oven and bake 45 minutes – 1 hour. It will be ready the top is browned, crispy, and the potatoes are tender. Let the kugelis sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting to serve.
  11. Serve with a side of sour cream to dollop on top of the kugelis. Enjoy!

Save time grating your potatoes.

Kugelis topped with sour cream, chicken and side salad.
Kugelis topped with sour cream, chicken and side salad. | Source

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Learn how to cook Lithuanian Dishes

Lithuania and Potatoes

Lithuania is located in Northern Europe on the Baltic Sea, and is the largest of the Baltic states. Due to its cool and moist climate potatoes grow quite well here, and are the most common and popular vegetable.

Potatoes in Lithuania are rated second next to bread.

Bulvinia blynai are potato pancakes made with grated potatoes,onions, eggs, flour and salt. They are served with either sour cream or applesauce.

There are many delicious tasty potato dishes that are enjoyed every day in a Lithuanian home.

Lithuanian cooking is similar to Polish and Ukrainian food in both taste and ingredients.

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Just Ask Susan 2 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Suzie, I love Kugelis and I hope that you will too!


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Suzie HQ 2 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

Great to read this interesting recipe from Lithuania, sounds yummy and easy to make so will be looking forward to giving it a go! Thanks so much sorry to have missed before!


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Just Ask Susan 2 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I know Bill, so many of us have left ..... so sad. If you try the Kugelis let me know what you thought of it. I'm sure you'll enjoy this great potato dish.


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billybuc 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

I was looking at the names on the comments. So many are gone now....sigh....somehow I missed this when it came out three years ago...I just might give this a try.


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Just Ask Susan 7 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi DzyMsLizzy, Yes this recipe would be good without the bacon too :)


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DzyMsLizzy 7 months ago from Oakley, CA

Hmm...sounds pretty good, but as a vegetarian, I'd have to leave out the bacon. Most recipes are adaptable that way, except for those in which the meat is the recipe, such as a roast.. LOL


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Just Ask Susan 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks poetryman, may have to try it that way myself :)


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

Potatoes and bacon, I am so there. I would definitely smother it in cheese as well.


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Just Ask Susan 24 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I'm sure you'll love it as much as we do vespawoolf. Merry Christmas!


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vespawoolf 24 months ago from Peru, South America

Oh my goodness, what´s not to like about potatoes, bacon, onions and cream?? I hope to try this soon! I´ve bookmarked it--I know my husband will be a big fan. Thanks for sharing!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Jovita!


Jovita 2 years ago

I'm so glad to see Lithuanian dishes in this page. it makes me happy to see that you all enjoy it:))


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Crafty, I make this potato casserole several times a year on special holidays. Hope that you enjoy the recipe, and please let me know what you think should you try it. Have a great weekend!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

I just realized too that this is a gluten free dish. I've just started eating gluten free and am finding more uses for potatoes. Thanks for the recipe, it's very similar to some of the dishes my grandmother used to cook. She served one very similar at breakfast with eggs. I can't wait to try it!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Yum! Yum! Yum!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

GoodLady, Thank you and please let me know if you like it.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Judi, Thank you. If you like I can email you the recipe.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

This is so wonderful and we're so ready for it now that Summer's over and a (grated!!!) potato and bacon dish like this one is going to be so comforting. I'm bookmarking to make this weekend. Thanks. Voting and sharing etc. Just a great recipe


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Sounds good! Would love to pin it - ggrrrr!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

TToombs, Thank you :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Oh man, does that look ever so YUMMY! Thank you for sharing this wonderful and easy recipe! Voted across and pinned! :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Audra, Nice to know, and thanks :)


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Your Kugelis looks so gooood! My Mom makes them too! This recipe brought a smile to my face! Love your technique!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Brainy, Yes it is quite similar to Kugel. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hyphenbird, Thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, Thanks and I hope you enjoy it.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Lesley, Drooling is good:)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Brian, Thanks. Aloo saag sounds good, do you make it often?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kelly, Thank you and I hope that you enjoy the Kugelis.


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Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

I never knew this was a Lithuanian recipe! Kugel (no -is ending) is a very common Jewish dish, and with the exception of the bacon, this is very similar to the potato kugel I make on Passover. I bet the bacon is fantastic in it; alas, I shall never know. . . .


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Anything potato is a good idea. This recipe sounds delicious. I will give it a try as soon as possible. Thanks for the background info also. I love learning about other countries.


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

That looks delicious. I can't wait to try it.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Mmmmm, topped with sour cream....

This is so new and unusual to me, I can't wait to try it - how embarrassing I am actually drooling....


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Very unusual-potato pudding. When I checked the ingredients this sounds like an indian dish we have sometimes, potato's cut into small cubes with spinach and reduced tomato to make a sauce. It's called aloo saag and although this is different when ever i see a potato dish I think about that. I like the fact that you have chosen a recipe from a European country, brilliant as ever.:)


kelleyward 4 years ago

This looks great Susan! Looks rich and filling! Will put this on my list of new recipes to try! Take care, Kelley


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pamela & drbj, Thank you both for stopping by and for commenting.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for sharing this unusual recipe, Susan. I like potato pancakes and I like bacon, so I'll probably enjoy this, too.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This looks like a fantastic dish and I know my husband would love it. Thanks for sharing this very good recipes.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

UnnamedHarald, I know what you mean about wasting that one egg white, and I don't think it would hurt the recipe at all.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Scribenet, Thanks so much.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

GoodLady, If you do try it please let me know what you think.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mommiegee, Thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, Thank you. I'd like that electric potato grinder too. It would save time making this recipe and hash browns too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Frank.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, I'm sure you'd like this recipe. Let me know how it turns out.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I rarely cook (fried eggs + fried bread + a cup of tea is my favorite way of killing myself), but I help my wife on occasion. One question: how important are the egg whites and yolks (instead of, say, just beat in three whole eggs? Don't mean to be blasphemous. Or, do you think it would make much difference if I used 3 egg yolks and folded in 3 egg whites (I hate the though of one egg white left over!).


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, Yes it's to get the starch out. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do and thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

UnnamedHarald, Thank you so much, glad you liked it.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Marcy, Not sure how this recipe will work with turkey bacon as it won't render the fat you need. But please let know how it works out for you.


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Susan this sounds yummy. I love potato recipes and this sounds sooo delicious.Thanks!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

It looks delicious!!!!!! I want to make it this weekend. It's so economical and so tasty and the hub is looks just great and so easy to follow. Thanks Susan.


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Mommiegee 4 years ago from Alabama

This sounds and looks yummy! 5 starts


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This looks and sounds delicious. I would love to have an electric potato grinder. Thank's again for another great recipe...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Potato pudding.. never heard of it.. but its worth a try hmm thanks for the share Susan


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I've never heard of that but it sounds so good! I love all the ingredients so I'm positive I'll really like it.

I am always looking for a new way to prepare potatoes because it goes with so many meals and I get bored with the old boiled, baked or mashed. I am trying this for sure! The zucchini in the photo with it looks really good!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Yummy! I am going to try this! This look definitely delicious. I am just curious about the washing of the potatoes? Is that to reduce the starch? I can tell that this dish is delicious, all the ingredients are wonderful.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I don't usually read recipe hubs but I'm glad I read this one. Sounds delicious-- I love potato dishes. The potato pancakes sound good, too. I also liked your paragraph about Lithuania. Voted up, interesting and useful.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I love potato dishes of all types - this looks so great, and the flavors would be heavenly! I'm a turkey-bacon enthusiast, so I would change just that one item. Hope I get a chance to make this very soon!

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