Coach Gin’s I Can’t Believe it’s not Potato Kugel
The inspiration for this recipe were my three clients in one week who confessed to me that they just COULDN’T resist the potato kugel that they were exposed to sometime that day. I thought to myself, this is an epidemic. A crisis. It MUST be addressed!
After many experiments and focus groups with eager friends and my very picky husband, I am proud to present to you the “I Can’t Believe it’s not Potato Kugel.” This was made with simplicity in mind, so I encourage you to dig in and get cooking!
Each serving is one green, 1/2 ounce protein, 1.75 condiments
For a full-sized kugel in a round 8 inch pan (Serves 10), I used:
4 1/2 cups turnip
1/2 cup scallions
1 1/4 c egg beaters
5 teaspoons beef consommé
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Shred turnips in a food processor. I like a large shred. Soak turnips in bowl with enough water to cover them with 3 packets of Splenda for 45 mins. The Splenda is necessary to remove the slight sharp bitterness that the turnips naturally have.
Chop 1/2 cup scallions (approximately 3 stalks). Drain the turnips from the Splenda water and add to scallions, egg beaters, beef consommé powder. Pour into a metal pan that is sprayed with Pam.
Bake on lowest rack in the oven for 2 hours or more, until it looks nice and brown and crusty. Mine took 2 hours at 350 degrees on the bottom rack and it could have stood to be in there longer to get even darker.
My husband prefers the crispy crunchiness of the kugel from the sides on the pan, so we prefer to make this as muffin cups at home. An additional benefit to muffin cups are that it’s perfect portion control and it takes about 15 minutes quicker to cook and get nice and golden brown. Use lots of Pam to prevent sticking.
Each portion contains:
- 1/2 c soaked and drained turnips with some scallions to top off the 1/2 cup (it puffs up in the oven and then will shrink again after cooked a while)
- 1/8 c egg beaters
- 1/2 tsp. beef consomme powder
You can use these proportions to make any size kugel that fits your favorite pan.
It tastes even better with some protein, so I can’t wait to see who makes this into a yapchick (add in some beef for a full lean and green)! Please let me know if you were daring enough to try this recipe in a crockpot!