Kugela is the national dish of Lithuania and is an oven baked potato “pudding”. It’s rich and creamy with the great smoked taste of bacon in every bite! Consider this as an alternative to the typical potatoes sides. The most time consuming part of preparation is grating the potatoes and onions. However, make sure that you soak the potatoes in water to release the potato starch from the potato. Great casserole to take to a Potluck dinner.
Yield: 10 Servings
1 lb bacon – diced
1 large sweet yellow onion – grated
5 lbs Russet potatoes, finely grated and soaked in water
½ cup flour
1 – 12 ounce can evaporated milk
Salt and freshly grated black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 9x13x2-inch baking dish.
In a large skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until it is crisp; remove to paper towel and drain. Reserve ½ of bacon drippings and set aside. Add grated onions to skillet with bacon drippings and saute’ until soft and translucent.
In a large bowl, stir together the reserved drippings, bacon, onion and potatoes. Mix in flour, evaporated milk and eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for approximately 1 hour, until the top is lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes and then cut into squares and serve with sour cream.