Crispy Fried Onions, Spinach Kugel and Broccoli Kugel

[sorry, pictures hopefully to follow]

What do you consider a “patchke”? I think this is actually a very subjective category because not everyone is bothered by the same kitchen tasks.

I have been told that any recipe that involves separating eggs and whipping whites crosses over the line into being a “patchke.” For me, separating eggs and whipping whites is not such a big deal.

I’m not so keen on chopping onions, or cleaning/chopping vegetables and herbs in general. If there is a lot of vegetable chopping and the recipe calls for parsley or dill, I think: Tedious! I also hate lots of pots and pans.

I wanted to make and freeze a couple of kugels for Yom Tov, but really was not in the mood to do lots of onion chopping and frying. So I devised the following recipes, using Bodek spinach and broccoli (just defrost and squeeze dry!) and imported fried onion products (no frying!). Everything just gets mixed all together and baked in a square pan. Not glamorous, but super easy.

The fried onion is an Israeli product that is just onions and oil. The crunchy fried onion is imported from Holland and the ingredients are almost as simple: onion, oil, flour, salt. Yes, I know . . . fresh onions are cheaper and healthier. But, I was really tired. And the results are really yummy.

You can also make this with homemade fried onions . . . if you want to patchke.

Spinach Kugel

16-20 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted, squeezed dry
2 eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Nofet Dagan fried onions (use about a couple of tablespoons) (you can use a chopped fresh onion)
salt (1/2 tsp.), pepper (1/4 tsp.)
optional: Shneider’s Crispy Fried Onions

Combine everything, put in greased square pan and top, if desired, with the crispy onions. Bake at 350 degrees for a half hour, or until set. For a dairy version, you can add grated cheese.

Broccoli Kugel
6 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
24 ounces Bodek broccoli florets, defrosted and squeezed dry
4-6 Tbl. oil
5 Tbl. flour
2 Tbl. Nofet Dagan fried onion
optional: Shneider’s crispy fried onions

Combine everything and put in a greased square pan. Top, if desired with the crispy onions. Bake at 350 degrees for a half hour, or until set.

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One Response to “Crispy Fried Onions, Spinach Kugel and Broccoli Kugel”

  1. Rivki Locker Says:

    I don’t blame you ONE bit for using ready made onions. That’s one of my least favorite kitchen tasks.

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