Some people prefer a the sweet potato kugel over the more traditional potato or even noodle kugels, but there are also occassions when you may wish to get creative with your kugel choices no matter what.
There is a widespread custom mentioned in the Shulchan Aruch, a central code of Jewish law, to add an extra kugel for every Sefer Torah taken out on Shabbat when it overlaps with a holiday or other special time, like Rosh Chodesh or Hanukkah, i.e. one kugel for each different reading from the Torah. This practice symbolizes the desire to elevate and enhance the joy of the congregation on these auspicious occasions. With the presence of additional kugels, it signifies abundance and hospitality, reflecting the importance of these occasions within the Jewish community. Many households and synagogues embrace this tradition by making two, or even three kugels, such that other special occassions don’t get overshadowed.
The sweet and savory flavors of potato and sweet potato kugels serve as a reminder of the diversity and richness of Jewish culinary customs that bring people together in joyous unity. With all that out of the way, let’s get started.
- 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
- 1 large onion
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or matzo meal (for Passover-friendly version)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons honey (optional, for added sweetness)
- Follow the same steps as in the traditional potato kugel recipe, replacing the russet potatoes with sweet potatoes.
- In the mixing bowl, add the ground cinnamon and nutmeg to the grated sweet potato and onion mixture, along with the rest of the ingredients.
- Proceed with the recipe and bake the sweet potato kugel as directed.