Lithuanian Kugela


"Ah, Kugela! The national dish of Lithuania! What celebration would be complete without it? Remember, Kugela is an art, not just a recipe. Experiment with ingredients and techniques to make your own Kugela statement. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, if you like."


1 h 35 m servings 373 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 373 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 12.1 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 49.7g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 17 g
  • 34%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 138 mg
  • 46%
  • Sodium:
  • 437 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, fry bacon pieces until crisp; remove to paper towels. Reserve half of bacon drippings, and set aside. Return skillet to stove; stir onions, and cook until soft and translucent.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together reserved drippings, bacon, onion, and potatoes. Mix in flour, evaporated milk, and eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour into baking dish, and bake in a preheated oven until top is nicely brown, about 1 hour. Cut into squares, and serve with sour cream, if desired.
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  1. 22 Ratings


My husband was Lithuanian and taught me how to cook Lithuanian. First of all, I never use flour in my potato pancakes or Kugel. When you squeeze out the water from the potatoes into a bowl, let ...

I am half Lithuanian, half English and was worried this dish would never compare to my grandfather's. Thank you for the recipe! I did use a food processor for the potatoes,(against my better jud...

I've always used my mom's recipe and wanted to try another recipe just to see how it compares... wonderful!!!

Flour? No way! Only the starch from the potatoes is necessary. By the way, I am 100% Lithuanian and grew up on this stuff and it's called Kugelis. The Lithuanian language gives gender to the nou...

Wow, this brings back memories of family Christmas parties. I've been looking for a Kugela recipe, now that Aunt Pat has passed, and finally found a very good one. Very easy to make, but the ...

I didn't see the great-grandmother never added flour, either. I would omit it.

I thought this was good. But it was a bit too bland for me without adding garlic salt. I think maybe some cheese if I make it again.

I'm not Lithuanian and never tasted Kugela before. I had a lot of potatoes and not a lot else, so a search lead me to this recipe. Grating the potatoes and onion was kind of a pain. The end r...

A little plain, but otherwise tasty, and good to reheat. Needs onions or something for flavor. Nice to try something different.