Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lokshen. The Other Kugel

So, earlier in the week we discussed Potato kugel. That one's pretty savory, which means that it doesn't hang out in seedy dive bars or something like that. This one is a bit sweeter. First of all, I should let you in on the secret. Lokshen, or Lukshen is Yiddish for Noodles. So yes, this is a big chunk of noodle pudding. It's also good for people who can't have potatoes for whatever reason. On the other hand, people with gluten issues might want to skip this one.

What you'll need:
1 lb. noodles - Egg noodles are best, about half and half broad and thin.
2 apples, peeled and cored
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
5 eggs

Preheat your oven to 375F(190C)

So, you've got your noodles. Get them into a pot of salted, boiling water. Ignore their screams and pleas for mercy, they're just noodles.
While they're bubbling away, prep your apples. Peel, core and chop into small chunks.

When the noodles are al dente take them off the fire and drain them, then transfer to mixing bowl.

Let them cool for a few minute and assemble your other ingredients.

Add the apples and raisins. You might try pineapple or pears as well. I'd think dried cranberries might be an interesting addition as well. And add in your spices. If you don't like cinnamon or nutmeg try ginger instead.

Starting mixing slowly and follow that with the sugar.

And now, it's egg time.
You need to do these one at a time, since the noodles are still hot. Beat an egg.
Slowly incorporate it in with the noodles. Do this one at a time until the mixture is nice and creamy. Depending on the size of your eggs you may need one less or one more. Before you do the last egg, pour the oil into your casserole dish and swirl it around to cover the sides then putting it in the oven to heat up.
After it's had a few minutes to get hot, take the casserole dish out and pour the oil into the noodles and mix it through. Then pour the whole lot back into the dish.
Then it's back into the oven for an hour. It should come out a dark golden brown and full of delicious flavor.

Feed it to your friends and family. They will appreciate your mad kitchen skills.


  1. Oh EVAN! You write so BEAUTIFULLY! Almost makes me want to run out and make a lukshon kugel.

    Seriously. Nice post man.

  2. ABSOLUTELY LOVE your step-by-steps and the way it is written. Going to try some of those delicious looking recipes you have posted.