Savory Noodle Kugel
While this traditional baked dish often takes a sweet route, we were looking for a salt-and-pepper version to serve as a side.
Why This Recipe Works
Sweet kugels are traditionally served with Jewish holiday meals, but savory kugels—made with egg noodles, onions, and eggs—make a great side dish to any weeknight meal. We caramelize onions in rendered chicken fat, or schmaltz (or extra-virgin olive oil), to build a savory base of flavor and then mix in parsley, salt, pepper, and eggs. We found that tossing the egg mixture with still-warm noodles helped thicken the eggs slightly so they cling to the noodles rather than sink to the bottom of the casserole. To achieve the characteristic crunchy top, we give the baked casserole a quick pass under the broiler.