This recipe combines the sweet flavors of both apples and sweet potatoes. These foods can both be peeled making them acceptable to most people observing Passover. You also use carrots, which again be peeled. Since I usually have a lot of guests for meals, this recipe makes two 9×13 dishes of the kugel. Once cooked, you can freeze one of the casseroles and use it later in the week. By making the dish parve, it’s a great addition to a seder meal.
This is actually a kugel that you can use year round. During Passover, the recipe calls for matzah meal. During the rest of the year you can use either flour or matzah meal. We love having kugels as a side dish throughout the year, so many of my kugel recipes we alter at Passover and then use year round.
You will need some type of food processor for this recipe. I know my mom used to grate by hand and it would take hours. Using a food processor, grate six peeled apples, three peeled sweet potatoes and eight peeled carrots.
Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. Mix with:
4 cups of matzah meal
2 cups of melted butter
2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon of baking soda
3 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
A small amount of nutmeg
Generously grease the casserole dishes. Equally divide the batter between the two dishes. Cover dishes and bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes. Turn the temperature up to 350, remove cover and bake an additional fifteen minutes. The dish should be browned on top.
If you want this kugel to be parve, use a non dairy margarine instead of butter. Also, I seldom use the amount of butter called for. I try to cut as much as I can without affecting the taste of the recipe. Try cutting out about ¼ cup of the butter. Replace with ¼ cup orange juice. You do need the liquid and the orange juice is a great addition to the taste of this kugel.
Over the years, I’ve tasted other sweet potato kugels that have other ingredients in them. For example, you can add raisins. If you do add raisins, remove the carrots from this recipe and instead add in one cup of raisins after processing the apples and potatoes.
I’ve also seen people put in chopped walnuts. We are not a walnut loving family so I don’t add nuts to most dishes. Try adding in ¾ cup chopped walnuts if you enjoy the nutty flavor.
Finally, three cups of sugar is a lot of sugar. Make a batch for your family cutting out one of the cups of sugar. See if it’s sweet enough for your family.
I always use recipes as a base and then taste test from there until I find combinations that work for me and my family.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful Passover recipe.
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