Faux-tato Kugel

Susie Fishbein’s Kosher by Design Lightens Up has a Faux Potato Kugel that is mostly cauliflower, with just a little potato. I changed the recipe, cutting all the ingredients in half, except the potato, and using whole eggs instead of mostly egg whites.

The end result was a kugel that looked very much like potato kugel, but tasted like . . . cauliflower kugel. It did not taste like potato kugel. Not at all.

But, it is very nice as a cauliflower kugel . . .

Mrs. S asked me to post the recipe, so here it is:

Faux-tato Kugel
Adapted from Susie Fishbein’s Faux Potato Kugel from Kosher by Design Lightens Up. The original recipe called for 5 Tbl. canola oil, 1 large onion, 2 medium heads cauliflower (2.5 lbs.), 10 ounces of potato, 2 eggs, 8 egg whites, 2 Tbl. broth, 2 Tbl. flour, 2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and 2 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper.

1 medium head of cauliflower, broken up into small florets, or chopped into coarse dice
12 ounces potato (1 large), peeled and chopped in coarse dice
olive oil, enough to cover bottom of pan for frying onion and for greasing square pan for baking kugel
1 large onion, chopped
1 heaping tsp. kosher salt, plus more for seasoning sauteed onions
1/2 tsp. ground pepper, plus more for seasoning sauteed onions
4 eggs
2 Tbl. potato starch (or flour)

Saute the onions in oil, very slowly, until they are caramelized. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, process until smooth the cauliflower and potato in the food processor in two batches. Add the eggs, salt, pepper, and potato starch or flour. Fold in the caramelized onions.

Pour the batter into a very well greased pan (I used a 8″x8″ and it barely fit; a 9″ square is probably better). I have a problem with kugel leaking oil onto the bottom of my oven, so I put the pan on a baking sheet or a large piece of heavy duty foil to catch spillover.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes and then 425 degrees for another 65 minutes. The kugel will puff up and fall a little as it cools.

This has the exact taste of store bought cauliflower kugel. Whether that is a bad thing or good thing depends on how you feel about store bought cauliflower kugel.


4 Responses to “Faux-tato Kugel”

  1. Mrs. S. Says:

    I like this idea. Could you share the recipe please?
    Thanks and shavua tov!

  2. Lauren Says:

    Haha. I can’t imagine why something with a bunch of cauliflower in it would taste like cauliflower! It looks really yummy and fluffy, though.

  3. Mrs. S. Says:

    Thanks for adding the recipe!

  4. lisamichele Says:

    I think cauliflower is the most underrated vegetable hands down. Love what you did with it! if cooked just right, it is like a hearty potato dish..I even mistook deep fried chopped florets for fried potato balls by sight! (plus, they were cooked a bit prior to battering and frying). This kugel looks absolutely delicious. A nice dollop of sour cream and I’m good to go 🙂

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