Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Vegetarian * Parve * Paleo ~~
Last Passover my friend Hadley and I decided to have a leftovers dinner. Since we each held a seder in our homes, we were unable to attend the other’s seder and this way we could at least taste what the other had served.
Now, not to be boastful, I am an awesome cook and the food at my seder was amazing. We both made pot roast from brisket and used approximately the same recipe so that was a wash. Our Tzimmes’ were both delicious in different ways – mine had a very deep richness and Hadley’s had a fresh quality to it that I liked (so much that I’ve made it for this year).
Our menus diverged at the kugels. I made a matzoh kugel using matzoh farfel, chopped carrots, onions, celery, and parsnip. I moistened it with vegetable broth and olive oil and seasoned it with salt, pepper, chopped parsley and dill, and poultry seasoning. This dish has been a hit for the past 15 years – but then I tasted Hadley’s potato kugel and I was blown away. It was the best potato kugel I had ever tasted. The other thing about it was it’s paleo and I can eat it!
So here is the recipe with very significant changes but equally fabulous results! Enjoy!
Paleo Passover Potato Kugel with Shallots
Hadley’s recipe called for squeezing the liquid out of the shredded (Idaho) potatoes (what a PAIN) but that didn’t make sense to me since you were going to be adding water into the recipe. So I used russet potatoes and they were kind of dry so skipping the squeezing worked just fine.
2 cup thinly sliced shallots 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
12 cups peeled and coarsely shredded russet potatoes (about 5 pounds)
2 cups finely chopped onion 1/3 cup potato starch
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 large eggs, beaten
1 cup boiling water
Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Add the shallots and toss with 2 tablespoon of the olive oil.
Bake 20 minutes. Stir and bake 5 to 7 minutes longer or until the shallots are a mix of golden and deep brown; set aside (be careful – I cooked them 10 minutes and many were burnt to a crisp- see photo).
In a very large bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Add the shredded potato, the chopped onion, salt and pepper to the bowl with the eggs. Stir to coat with the egg.
Add the potato starch and mix well .
Add the boiling water and mix well.
Add the roasted shallots and mix will.
Take a small amount of the potato mixture and fry it in a small pan of hot oil. Taste to make sure you like the amount of salt and pepper. Adjust seasonings accordingly.
Bake at 450 for 30 minutes. Turn the heat down to 350 and bake another 30 to 40 / 45 minutes or until done. Let the kugel sit for about 15 – 20 minutes before serving. Cut into squares to serve (9 or 12 per pan)
Serves: 18 to 24