Going Crazy for Kugel!

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Sweet + Savory Kugel Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Kugel, Photo Credit: Food Network
Today we’re talking all about KUGEL! The combo of sweet and savory really speaks to me..which is why when I moved towards a gluten-free, nut-free diet, Kugel seemed like a dish I’d have to say goodbye to.

In case you’re interested, here’s a brief history on the origins of this delicious dish from Wikipedia:

The first kugels were made from bread and flour and were savory rather than sweet. About 800 years ago, cooks in Germany replaced bread mixtures with noodles or farfel. Eventually eggs were incorporated. The addition of cottage cheese and milk created a custard-like consistency common in today’s dessert dishes. In Poland, Jewish homemakers added raisins, cinnamon and sweet curd cheese to noodle kugel recipes. In the late 19th century, Jerusalemites combined caramelized sugar and black pepper in a noodle kugel known as Yerushalmi kugel or Jerusalem kugel, which is a commonly served at Shabbat kiddushes and is a popular side dish served with cholent during Shabbat lunch.

In Romania, this dish is called Budinca de Macaroane/Paste Fainoase (Maccaroni/Pasta Pudding), and it is a traditional Romanian dish. In certain villages throughout the country it is known as Baba Acolo. It is made with or without cheese, but it most always includes raisins.

With Passover right around the corner, I went on a search for my favorite gluten-free, nut-free, kugel recipes. Even if you don’t celebrate Passover, I highly recommend trying kugel, it will change your life! Enjoy!

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Vegetable Kugel with Caramelized Leeks, Photo Credit: What Jew Want to Eat

Vegetable Kugel with Caramelized Leeks from What Jew Want to Eat: Hit your daily veggie quota with this this kugel full of sweet potatoes, potatoes, zucchini, and leeks. The recipe calls for matzo meal, I like these gluten-free, nut-free matzo squares from Manischewitz which can be easily made into matzo meal with a food processor, or by hand! Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Potato Zucchini Kugel Cupcakes, Photo Credit: What Jew Wanna Eat

Potato Zucchini Kugel Cupcakes from What Jew Want to Eat: I admit that I’m a sucker for individually portioned snacks, sometimes I feel that it’s pretty difficult to stop myself from eating more than one serving of a delicious dish that I’ve made. I felt like I had to include these KUGEL CUPCAKES because they’re cute, and small, and perfect for someone like me who wants to not go overboard with kugel (not speaking from experience or anything!). While this recipe calls for flour or matzo meal, sub it with gluten-free flour, or these gluten-free, nut-free matzo squares from Manischewitz which can be easily made into matzo meal with a food processor, or by hand! Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Quinoa and Cauliflower Kugel with Cumin, Photo Credit: The New York Times

Quinoa and Cauliflower Kugel with Cumin from The New York Times: I love the idea of using quinoa in the place of noodles, even if gluten-free as quinoa packs a much larger nutritional punch! Cumin is also always a nice addition to make this fragrant, seasonal dish. While this recipe isn’t dairy-free as it calls for cottage cheese, it is nut-free and gluten-free. Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Brisket and Potato Kugel, Photo Credit: Saveur

Brisket and Potato Kugel from Saveur: This hearty meat and potato casserole is the perfect nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free Passover main dish. Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Crispy Potato Leek Kugel, Photo Credit: epicurious

Crispy Potato Leek Kugel from epicurious: Inspired by the flavors of potato leek soup, this kugel is creamy on the inside, and crackly on the outside. The best part? Totally nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Passover Pineapple Kugel, Photo Credit: Joy of Kosher

Passover Pineapple Kugel from Joy of Kosher: With a few simple ingredients including potato starch, pineapple, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla this kugel could be eaten as a sweet ending to a Passover meal, or even as a breakfast treat! Get the recipe here.

Chai Noodle Kugel, Photo Credit: Tori Avey

Chai Noodle Kugel from Tori Avey: Chai is the perfect addition to any dish, especially kugel! To make this recipe gluten-free, use these gluten-free egg noodles from Jovial, and these gluten-free, nut-free graham crackers from Kinnikinnick. Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Apple Noodle Kugel, Photo Credit: Levana Cooks

Apple Noodle Kugel from Levana Cooks: Just hearing the words “apple noodle kugel” brings a smile to my face! I love that this recipe suggests making the kugel in muffin tins for smaller, bite-sized servings. While the recipe is naturally nut-free and dairy-free, make it gluten-free by substituting with these gluten-free egg noodles from Jovial Foods, to make the noodles shorter simply cut before mixing with the other ingredients. Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Sweet Potato and Apple Kugel, Photo Credit: The New York Times

Sweet Potato and Apple Kugel from The New York Times: I love that this recipe is naturally gluten-free and nut-free, using sweet potatoes as the base mixed with apples, honey, and a few other ingredients. Want to make this ahead of time? It’s easy to quickly re-heat in the oven. Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples & Raisins, Photo Credit: Cara's Cravings

Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples & Raisins from Cara’s Cravings: No noodles here! This naturally gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kugel uses spaghetti squash noodles and can be served alongside a savory main course, or for dessert! Get the recipe here.

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