Fry-day Food and Favorites: Potato Kugel and Peplums

Friday, December 06, 2013

I know, Chanukah just ended and we've all had our fill (and more) of oil and potatoes. Regardless, I'm still making my fried potatoe kugel today.  I'm not a foodie by far, but I am a Jewish wife and mother, and I'll tell you a secret, I can cook really well when I want to. Whether we're passionate about it or not, whether we look the part or not, we do it. We cook fabulous meals every weekend for Shabbos for our families.  

And there's one specialty that I've been doing for years. It's so spectacular that no one in my family will touch a baked potato kugel. Ever. And whether I'm having 30 people or 3, no matter what diet we all may be on, I always make my homemade fried potato kugel on Friday afternoon. I do it for the same reason why I get my custom crafted caffeination at Starbucks…it's all about the experience…from the sounds in  the background  (milk steaming, coffee grinding, potatoes processing), to the insanely decadent aroma wafting through the air, Friday afternoon would not be the same without the sizzling of those potato shreds in the background.

Here's the recipe:

Sharon's Fry-day Potato Kugel

6 large potatoes peeled and cut in half
1 large or 2 medium onions cut in half
1+ cup of canola oil
5 eggs
3 tbl salt*
2 tbl onion powder*
1 1/2 tsp of pepper*
1 1/2 tsp of garlic powder (optional)*


You must use a heavy, non-stick pan like circulon or all-clad, otherwise the kugel will stick. Pour the oil into the pan and heat on medium/high. Start to process the potatoes in batches and place ground potatoes into a glass or metal bowl. Do the same with the onions. 

Once all the potatoes and onions are chopped, add the 5 eggs and spices. Mix well. By now the oil should be steaming hot. If not wait until it is. Carefully pour the hot oil** into the potato mixture. It should sizzle. Mix and pour back into the hot frying pan. Turn the fire down to medium or medium low (depending on your stove) and cook for approx. one hour. Now it's time to flip the kugel. Place a large china plate over the pan and carefully flip the kugel onto the plate**. Slide it back into the pan, uncooked side down. Let it cook for another 45 min to an hour. When done, shut the flame and flip back onto the plate. Eat!

*Note: Measurements are estimated as I never really measure my spices, I just know that I am very generous with the oil, salt, onion powder and pepper and that's why it's so delicious!

** Make sure to use heavy mitts when handling the hot oil!

Is it fattening? Sigh…yes, unfortunately it is. But I say, all things in moderation. A few bites won't kill you. And then, just put on something with a peplum  It's one of my favorite trends because it hides those little extra bulges that every human woman has.  But the reason I love a peplum most is because it will automatically give your look a little bit of drama and a big dose of Dior-esque style!

Photo credits Sarah Lasry of The Patchke Princess

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And here's one of my favorites from the collection that started the peplum trend in the first place..Burberry Fall 2012
I'm all about finding the balance in life, but with some things you just need to go all out. When doing both peplums and potato kugel, go big, bold, and deliciously decadent. 
Shop similar skirt HERE

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. It looks very yummy! And you look radiant, really gorgeous!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

  2. That looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe! And you look lovely Sharon!

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  3. You look really nice in the peplum style.
    The potato kugel sounds like a true comfort food - very yummy.

  4. i love how you tied food and fashion together! Very very true though, half ass peplums are often sad. haha
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  5. Sharon this looks beyond delicious, you should do more recipe posts! And YES, God bless the peplum, I completely agree with you on that one :) Oh and you look marvellous as well!


  6. Okay outfit is fabulous and how are able to fit init while being tempted and eating that potato Kugel!! So not fair!! You look great! ;) Karolyn

  7. Wow delicious post!!! you look so pretty!!
    Have a nice sunday!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  8. Amazing post!
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  9. Oh darn....I'm late to wish you a happy Chanukah! But the festivities of light and love go on, don't they Sharon?

    YOU ARE GORGEOUS! May each day be a celebration of light and peace for you and your family! Anita

  10. That dish looks delicious but I've never tried it before! And I love your heels!!

  11. Well you look great in peplum. And I just may try this recipe out this holiday season.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  12. hi there - i just saw your comment over at dustjacket alley and came over to say hello. you and your blog are beautiful! this dish looks like cornbread i would love to try it! happy sunday x

  13. Thanks for your recipe - that's real comfort foo and perfect for this chilly time of the year. The peplum style is lovely.

  14. I agree all things in moderation...and when something looks this good...well, you just have to try it :)
    Have a good week. xx

  15. Looks like an amazing recipe Sharon!!!!!
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!!
    Gorgeous photos!!!!

  16. Love this! The last peplum picture with the pink skirt is amazing!


  17. Thank you for leaving a comment and visiting my blog. I just love peplums and you look fantastic in them.

    How you can cook the delicious food and have a peplum waistline like yours is amazing.

  18. Holy yumminess does that look good! And I love your peplum top!

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