Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Mother in Law's Noodle Kugel

The Griller had a birthday the other day. Snow still piled high in the backyard somewhat, so no grilling yet, or he'd have been having a Porterhouse! Instead he chose his mother's brisket and noodle kugel for his special birthday dinner! He was a very happy camper. The Griller is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, prefers home cooked to a restaurant. Opposites attract, I never cooked a thing the first ten years we were married, I love going to the restaurants. My Grandmother and his mother did a lot of the cooking. Thank goodness for Tupperware! I didn't have to bother, they schlepped the dinners to us. Until his mother moved to Florida and my Grandma passed away. Then we were hungry until I figured out it was cook or starve. Shoe leather brisket the first few birthday dinners. I just couldn't get it right. Tough brisket, flavorless noodles. Took years and a lower oven temp, but I got it right this year. He loved it!

I used a different cut that the butcher recommended. Probably because he didn't have a flat cut brisket on hand. And I needed something. Seemed to be the one issue of the day, no one had a brisket. So he raved about this Monterey cut. French-style, he said. I took a chance. It didn't have that layer of fat like a flat first cut brisket has. But it looked great. Like a very thick brisket. Very thick. And it cooked beautifully! Tender, flavorful. What a fantastic cut. Probably a marketing thing, Monterey, and I'll never find it again! Going back to that butcher to find out more, I couldn't find information online.

And the Lipton Soup mix recipe that my mother in law made for years is pretty great, too! We both agree on that one, LOL!

Pan-fried Noodle Kugel
Source: Grandma Lor
Printable Recipe

1 bag of extra wide egg noodles, cooked according to package directions. do not overcook!
oil, to fry, a few tablespoons
4 eggs, beaten

Prepare egg noodles according to the package directions, careful not to overcook them. Drain in a colander and pour it into a large mixing bowl.

Put substantial amount of oil in a pan, and turn on medium heat.

Add eggs, salt and pepper to the noodles. Don't be frugal with salt or pepper because otherwise the noodles will be very bland.

After about 15 minutes or so, check with a spatula to see what the kugel looks like, it should be set on the top and the underside should be golden, if not, leave it for 10 more minutes, if it is golden then grab a large plate and slide the kugel onto the plate, then take another plate on top and flip it so the golden side is now on top. Slide the kugel back into the pan so that the golden side is now face up and the raw side is down. Let it fry for another 15 minutes to make sure the bottom is getting golden. Watch to make sure it doesn't burn. Serve immediately!

Don't skimp on oil, it needs a nice amount to fry just right. At least a big puddle in the bottom of the pan!

Don't cover with foil while it's hot or it will get soggy. Just leave out on a plate so it stays crispy until you serve it!

Onion Soup Mix Brisket
Source: Grandma Lor
Printable Recipe

brisket (flat cut)
1 envelope Lipton mushroom-onion soup mix
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
carrots, sliced thin
potatoes, cut in chunks
1 tablespoons flour (more or less)
mushrooms, quartered (optional)

*If you have porcini powder, you can sprinkle some on top of the brisket, adds great flavor!

Preheat oven to 300 F.

Empty soup packet into a large cup and mix in the flour. Add the water to the cup and stir to dissolve. Put the brisket in a large baking dish and add carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, and pour on the soup mix. Cover with aluminum foil. Cook for a few hours, until the brisket is tender. Slice thin, against the grain and serve with the vegetables and gravy. It's even better the next day.

Here's how my MIL makes it, if you prefer to use a higher temp and a Reynold's Oven bag. Click HERE!

I'm joining Suzy over at Kitchen Bouquet for another Flashback Friday!


  1. Sounds like more good food for winter time comfort! I'm having a giveaway...hope you can stop by to enter! Do you need some new pots and pans? ♥♥♥

  2. I've only ever had a baked kugel but this crispy version sounds good - I was wondering how you served it (with toppings or not) on the times you serve it without the brisket and its juices.

    The meal does look delicious - Laughing that you needed to learn to turn the oven temps down (you didn't mention having a big supply of potholders on hand) and that you got by without cooking for 10 years!

  3. My husband would also be a happy camper eating this brisket! I've always thought that noodle kugel had to have cheese in it? My Ukrainian grandmother made hers that way with cottage cheese and eggs. It looks nice and crisp the way you made it, almost like a noodle latke :)

    Happy birthday to your hubby!

  4. This looks so yummy! My friend Nora brought me some of her MIL's good! And a belated Happy New Year...I'm up to my elbows in grandchildren! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  5. That looks so good. Monterey -- I'll have to remember that one!

  6. I guess practice makes perfect. Now you continue the family tradition deservingly. It really looks scrumptious.

  7. That does look delicious, Carol! I love brisket and I've never seen nor heard of that cut either. What a great meal! Happy belated birthday to The Griller ;)

  8. I never heard of that cut either. Sort of like hanging diaphragm of beef? :)
    Glad it worked out well! I have only had the Ukrainian version of the noodle kugel too. I guess there are so many versions like pierrogi.
    But it all tastes good!
    Happy Birthday to the griller. Dinner looks good!

  9. no, nothing like a hangar steak. It looked like a flat cut brisket minus the layer of fat, but thicker. But not a point cut either. Have to ask him.

    My grandma also made the sweet kind of kugel!

    thanks for the comments :)

  10. Wow, I've never had any of this (sheltered life), it all looks great:@)

  11. Happy Birthday to The Griller! This looks delicious!!!

  12. This looks delicious- comfort food. It's great to keep the food traditions going!

  13. How neat to use recipes handed down in your family! What a yummy birthday meal! :)

  14. We use Lipton soup mix for just about every meat. LOL We use it a lot. I can get smashed boxes for really cheap and it doesn't hurt the flavor one bit. :)

  15. Drooling up here, even after a big dinner. You know, I didn't know what kugel was - looks delicious and a nice alternative to potato with the brisket.

  16. A belated birthday greetings to the Griller! Hmmm, I miss those kugels, they are so delicious!

    Thanks for Lipton Soup Mix, I use it too even in my baked salmon.

    Your kitchen always smells good!

    P.S. Just got back from a body massage, I hope this will make me feel better.

  17. Oh wow, what a great birthday menu on a cold winter day. Love brisket. Grilling days will return!!!

  18. You're always broadening my horizons..LOL Noodle Kugel is a first for me! Everything looks delicious, glad the Birthday Boy was pleased.
    10 years without cooking!! Too bad they didn't have the show 'Worst Cooks in America' back when you were first married..we could have met then!!!!

  19. What a fabulous dinner you made for your guy. That sounds like a perfect menu for a winter birthday. I hope he had a great day. I hope you both have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

  20. Love your Blog and your lovely winter recipes,going to try out the Brisket
    Thank you for sharing.x


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