International Noodles Incident Party ~ Noodle Kugels

Remember the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland singing, “I’m late, I’m late.  For a very important date”?  Well, that’s me.

Terribly late to the latest International Incident Party hosted by the most affable Jeroxie. This time its a Noodle party!  A horrible head cold has deprived me of my senses of taste and smell for several days now, as well as keeping me out of the kitchen.  Given my condition, I probably should have brought Chicken Noodle Soup to the Noodle party, but for some reason I couldn’t get noodle kugels out of my head, so I have made them instead.

The word kugel comes from the German word for ball.  It is an Eastern Eurpoean Jewish dish, much loved and interpreted but traditionally a round, baked sweet or savory pudding or casserole made of noodles or potatoes.  The first kugels were made from bread and flour and were savory rather than sweet.   Then, about 800 years ago, cooks in Germany replaced bread mixtures with noodles. Eventually eggs were incorporated and sour cream to help with binding the ingredients and to provide flavour and creaminess.   Savoury kugels are often served as a side dish with hearty slow cooked meat dishes.  The addition of cottage cheese and milk created a custard-like consistency which is common in today’s dessert dishes.   In today’s adaptations you might find the addition of raisins, cinnamon and sweet farmer’s cheese to noodle kugel recipes.   In an article in the New York Times around 18 different types were mentioned including the Jerusalem kugel which combines caramelized sugar and black pepper,  also an apple-noodle kugel, salt and pepper kugel, broccoli kugel, and a modern “designer” three-layer kugel with sweet potato, broccoli and cauliflower.

I have gone for a plain savoury kugel and served it with a Hungarian dish, Lamb Paprikash.  You can used dried spaghettini or make your own.  I always use the ratio 1 egg to 100gm of “00” flour when making pasta.  Never seems to fail.  Simply mix together until it is a silky smooth dough,  cover in plastic wrap and leave in the fridge to rest for about an hour.  Roll it out with a pasta machine then cut into spaghetti with the appropriate attachment.

Fresh noodles

150g spaghettini (noodles)

100g sour cream

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 onion, grated

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 tbs chopped flat-leaf parsley

Paprika, to dust

Preheat oven to 180°C.   Grease six 8cm wide, 1/2 cup (125ml) ramekins and place on a tray.

Noodle Kugels

Cook spaghettini until just al dente.   Drain and rinse in cold water, then drain again.   Place in a bowl with sour cream, egg, onion, garlic and parsley, then season and stir to combine.   Divide mixture among ramekins and bake for 20 minutes or until tops start to crisp and turn golden.

Run a knife around inside of moulds, turn out and serve (in this instance with lamb paprikash).  Not very challenging I admit, but it was the best I could muster in the circumstances.

Noodle Kugel with Lamb Paprikash

Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the International Incident Crew made:

Penny – Jeroxie (Addictive & Consuming)Homemade ban mian with minced pork and mushrooms

Christine – Christine’s RecipesSpicy Pork Mince and Noodles in Crisp Lettuce Cups

Mardi – Eat, Live, Travel, WriteGinger scallion & Butter noodles

Trix – Tasty TrixSummer ‘Noodles’ with yellow and green zuchinni with cool basil oil tomato sauce

Shirley – Enriching your kidVermicilli Biryani with Tahini

Natasha – 5 Star FoodieHomemade Soba Noodles

Anges – Off the sporkHandpulled noodles at home

Cherry – Sweet Cherry PieCoconut noodles with honey glazed pork belly

Tracey – Tangled NoodleFork in the Road: North Platte Noodles

Evelyne – Cheap Ethnic EatzIncidental Noodles

Ms Baklover – Footscray Food BlogZha Jiang Mian

Casey – Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgari

Tamar – Koreanfornian CookingTteokbokki

Billy – Half-EatenPumpkin Miso Noodles in Shitake Dashi Broth

Nina – Consumed Food LoveVietnamese Noodle Salad

Suresh – 3 hungry tummiesTwice cooked pork with rice noodles

Anh – A food Lover’s Journey – Taco Soba Noodle

Lori – Wannabe GourmandNonya Curry Laksa

Malou – Skip to MalouFried Noodle Dish

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