Crispy Potato-Leek Kugel

Crispy Potato-Leek Kugel Recipe

Trying to find a creative potato dish? Try my scrumptious kugel recipe! It features tender potato slices, sauted leeks & garlic in a savory mashed potato blend. Bake it golden brown so it is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

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Recipe Information

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Middle Eastern




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Total Time

1 Hour 24 Minutes

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      • 8 Large Russet Potatoes (Peeled)
      • 6 Cups Water
      • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
      • 3 Medium Leeks (White/Pale Green Parts Only, Thinly Sliced)
      • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
      • 3/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
      • 2 Cloved Garlic (Minced)
      • 1 Medium Onion (Peeled)
      • 4 Large Eggs (Lightly Beaten)
      • 1 Small Bunch Fresh Thyme Leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut 4 potatoes into small chunks. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring potatoes, water, and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil. Cook until potatoes are soft & tender, about 10-12 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil and add leaks, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and saute until leaks are softened and lightly browned, about 5-8 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool.
  4. Use 2 tablespoons oil to coat inside of an 8X8 casserole dish. Place dish in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, grate onion & 3 potatoes. Wrap grated veggies in a clean dishtowel, squeeze out extra moisture, and add to bowl with mashed potatoes. Stir in the leek mixture, eggs. 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 the thyme, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix until combined.
  6. In a medium bowl, thinly slice remaining potatoes and add remaining oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  7. Transfer potato & onion mixture to preheated dish and smooth the top. Layer with sliced potatoes and bake until golden brown, about 60-75 minutes.
  8. Allow the kugel to rest & cool for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition & Cost Facts


344 kcal


45 g


16 g


8 g

Cost Per Serving


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