Wild Mushroom-Potato Kugel

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
Recipe by Chef Kate

A truly lovely, earthy kugel from Jayne Cohen's wonderful cookbook, "The Gefilte Variations."

Top Review by bluemoon downunder

I have loved every Zaar kugel recipe I've tried and this one was no exception. I doubled the garlic (personal taste preference) and added two teaspoons of thyme but otherwise made this exactly to the recipe. Wonderfully clear instructions! If you make this, make it in a larger pan or several pans rather than making it in a deeper pan. That way you'll have more of the wonderfully crisp top layer of the potatoes so there'll be less arguments as to who gets that bit! This recipe makes a lot of kugel which is great! I look forward to enjoying some more of it over the next few days! Thanks Chef Kate!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak the mushrooms in two cups of hot water for one hour, until soft; strain through a sieve lined with paper towel or a coffee filter.
  2. Reserve the soaking liquid.
  3. Rinse the mushrooms, pat them dry and chop them coarsely.
  4. Heat the 4 tablespoons of oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the onions and saute, stirring, until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
  6. Transfer the onions to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  7. In the same skillet, place the mushrooms, garlic and mushroom liquid.
  8. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  10. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  11. Generously oil the bottom and sides of a heavy baking dish (a 13" x 9" lasagna pan for example) (an enamelled, cast iron pan works best).
  12. Grate the potatoes, transfer to a colander, rinse well, drain, and then squeeze out as much liquid as possible with your hands.
  13. Combine potatoes in a large bowl with the onions, eggs, and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  14. Place the baking pan (empty) in the oven for a moment or two until the oil is just sizzling.
  15. Remove the pan from the oven and layer half the potato mixture in the pan.
  16. Spread the mushrooms over the potatoes, then add the remaining potato mixture, smoothing the top.
  17. Drizzle a little olive oil on the top and bake the kugel about 50 minutes, until the top is golden and crisp.
  18. Remove from the oven and let stand, until it reaches room temperature, at least 30 minutes.
  19. Reheat 15 minutes at 350°F before serving.

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