Festive Noodle Kugel

Ingredients:
12 oz Egg Noodles
8 oz Cream Cheese
8 oz Sour Cream
8 oz Ricotta Cheese
4 Eggs
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Mace
1/2 tsp Salt
3-4 cups Graham Crackers, crushed
1/2 – 1 cup Raisins (optional)
Water for Boiling
Pinch of Salt for Water

Directions:

  • Bring Water to a Boil and add Salt and Egg Noodles. Cook till al dente. They will cook much quicker than regular pasta, so don’t leave it unattended.
  • Drain the Noodles, and set aside.
  • Preheat Oven to 350°F.
  • Divide the Graham Cracker crumbs and sprinkle on the bottom of a casserole dish (9″ x 13″ approximately).
  • In a large bowl combine the Dairy, Eggs, and Spices (and Raisins if using them). Mix well.
  • Fold in the Noodles.
  • Pour mixture (think scoop) into the Casserole dish, and even it out with a spatula.
  • Sprinkle with remaining Graham Cracker Crumbs.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes.

Makes 6-8 servings.

NOTES: This Central European Jewish dish is traditionally served at Hanukkah, though it can be served throughout the year as a festive pudding/custard. I first learned this dish when I found evidence that a section of my family was Ashkenazim and had converted to Catholicism in the 1800s.

Tuna Casserole – Tuna Mornay

Ingredients:
1 pkg Egg Noodles, cooked al dente, drained
4 cans Tuna, flaked
4 cups Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 1/2 cups Sweet Peas, (best to use thawed frozen variety)
3 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
2-3 cups Potato Chips, crushed

Directions:

  • Preheat the Oven to 350°F.
  • In a large casserole dish, combine Tuna, Peas, Egg Noodles, Parsley, Cayenne Pepper, and 2 cups of the Cheese, mixing well.
  • Pour the Cream of Mushroom Soup over the mixture.
  • Top the dish with the last cup of Cheese, and sprinkle with the Potato Chip crumbs, liberally.
  • Bake in the Oven for 30 minutes.

NOTES: If on the go, and using canned soup, use 2 cans of it, and add 2 cups Milk, as the canned soup is generally condensed.

Tuna Mornay, is the Aussie version of this same dish, where a Béchamel Sauce is utilized in the same manner as the Cream of Mushroom Soup.

This was one of my favorite meals when I was a child.

Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients:
1 lb Ground Beef (you can use sliced beef too, cut into bite-size pieces)
1/2 cup White Onion, diced
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 cups Button Mushrooms, sliced
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Dill
1/2 tsp Cardamom
1 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Butter
1/3 cup White Wine (Pinot Grigio)
1/2 cup Beef Broth

Egg Noodles, cooked al dente, drained

Directions:

  • In a large Skillet, melt the Butter and add the Onions, Garlic, and Beef.
  • When Beef is browned, add White Wine, Beef Broth, Spices and Mushrooms. Let cook down for 5 minutes.
  • Add the Sour Cream and incorporate into the whole mixture.
  • Season to Taste (you can add more Dill or Cardamom if desired).
  • Serve over Egg Noodles.

Variations:
Substituted Ground Chicken or Ground Turkey to cut down on the fat.