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My Mother's Crispy Potato Kugel with Rosemary and Fried Shallots

Updated February 23, 2016
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Crisp on top, meltingly soft in the center, and imbued with herbs, garlic, and shallots, this is my favorite of my mother's kugels du jour. She cooks it rosti potato-style in a skillet, searing the bottom on the stove before running the whole thing under the broiler for maximum crunch. It reminds me of a giant latke, but thicker and more aromatic.

Serves6

Cooking Time1 min

Cooking Methodsauteeing

CostInexpensive

Moderate

Total Timeunder 2 hours

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturecrisp, garlicky, herby

Type of Dishvegetable

Ingredients

  • 6 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
  • 5 large eggs
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Fit a food processor with a medium grating blade. With the motor running, alternate pushing the potato and onion chunks through the feed tube. Transfer the mixture to a dish towel-lined colander. Wrap the mixture in the towel and squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, ¼ cup oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil in a 9-inch, slope-sided skillet. Add the shallots in a single layer over high heat. Let sit several minutes before stirring. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are crispy and dark brown, about 7 minutes total.

Fold the potato mixture and shallots in the egg mixture. Return the skillet to high heat and add the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Tilt the skillet to grease the bottom and sides of the pan. Carefully press the potato mixture into the pan. Cook over high heat for 3 minutes (this will help sear the bottom crust of the kugel). Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the potatoes are tender and the top of the kugel is golden brown, 1 to 1¼ hours.

Place the kugel under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes to form a crisp crust on top (watch carefully to see that it does not burn). Run an offset spatula around the edges and bottom of the kugel and carefully invert it onto a large plate or platter. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

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I made this last night and while it is delicious I would advise cutting the recipe in half. The crust was crispy but the inside was too Thick. The quantity was too much for the skillet and didn't present well when flipped over to serve. A big mush. I had 5 for dinner and tons left over.

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