Lithuanian Kugelis (Perfect For a Crowd)

Hearty Lithuanian Kugelis recipe perfect for crowds! Mix grated veggies, eggs, and cheese, then bake until golden. Serve hot and enjoy a comforting, satisfying meal! Try it tonight!

Get ready to impress your crowd with this show-stopping Lithuanian Kugelis, a hearty, cheesy masterpiece packed with sautéed veggies, creamy milk, and a hint of caraway seeds.

This comforting, one-dish wonder is easy to make in bulk, making it perfect for feeding a large group of friends and family.

Ready Time

1 hrs 50 mins

Yields

9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup grated potato
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup grated cheese (such as cheddar or farmer’s cheese)
  • Fresh parsley or dill, chopped (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.

Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute. In a large bowl, combine the cooked onion and garlic, grated carrot, grated zucchini, grated potato, caraway seeds, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the beef broth and milk. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition.

Add the flour and whisk until smooth.

Add the egg mixture to the vegetable mixture and stir until combined. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with the melted butter.

Add the grated cheese and stir until well combined.

Add the mixture to the prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the kugelis is set.

Garnish with chopped parsley or dill, if desired.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

Make sure to soak the dried mushrooms in hot water or broth for at least 30 minutes before using. You can also use fresh mushrooms if you prefer.

Use a variety of cheese, such as a mix of cheddar, farmer’s cheese, and even some parmesan for an extra burst of flavor.

If you’re short on time, use pre-grated carrots and zucchini to save on prep time. You can prepare the egg mixture and vegetable mixture ahead of time, but be sure to assemble and bake the kugelis just before serving for the best results.

This recipe freezes well, so consider making a double batch and freezing one for later.

Simply thaw overnight in the fridge and bake at 375°F (190°C) for an additional 10-15 minutes. This recipe is very forgiving, so don’t stress if you accidentally add an extra egg or forget to add the caraway seeds – it will still turn out delicious!

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 340
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 15g
Lithuanian Kugelis (Perfect For a Crowd)
Lithuanian Kugelis (Perfect For a Crowd)

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