As I did not make a turkey for Thanksgiving (thanks Daughter Number One) I missed having the copious amount of leftover turkey to eat following Thanksgiving day. So, I made a turkey the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Nothing special about the turkey I just roasted it in the oven. Oh, but the house smelled so amazing! I didn’t feel the need to do up all of the side dishes, since I had done that on Thanksgiving. I wracked my brain trying to decide what to make with the 15 pound turkey in my oven. Finally, it hit me. I was going to make Kugel – Noodle Kugel. In fact, I made slow cooker kugel.
Since Hanukkah started on Thanksgiving this year I thought that making this traditional Jewish food would be a great idea. No, we are not Jewish but I try to introduce other heritages, cultures, and religions to the girls. I even enlisted the two youngest in helping me make the kugel. It was great! I was so glad I chose to make the kugel. The girls really liked and so did The Hubs. One of the girls thought there were too many raisins in it, but it was otherwise a success.
I found this recipe at http://dinnerisacrock.com/2010/09/24/crock-pot-noodle-kugel/ and made a few little changes to it.
It seems that this was such a hit we may have to make it again! I think it would be a fantastic addition to a brunch!
Apparently the rest of the family was glad I made the turkey, too. We have had meals from the turkey all week! I made a homemade turkey soup with dumplings to warm the hands for The Hubs and girls Tuesday, since they decorated the outside of the house with Christmas lights and our big wreath. It must have been a combination of the seasonal excitement, the nip in the air, and the nostalgia but I thought it was the best soup I have ever made! I allowed myself two large bowls! The little girls liked it, especially the dumplings. The Hubs didn’t get to eat with us when we ate because he was finishing up a few touches outside. When he came in to have a bowl he told me that it was delicious…probably the best I’ve made.
The girls even asked for it for lunch the next day! The Hubs has been making turkey salad for sandwiches, too. Imagine my surprise when Daughter Number Four asked if I wasn’t going to make gravy with mashed potatoes to go with the end of our turkey! She doesn’t even like mashed potatoes! It seems that the turkey hit the spot with everyone. I might have to throw a turkey in the oven every 3 months, but then I wonder if they would get tired of turkey if we had it that often.
Do you make turkey at times other than the holidays? What some favorite holiday food traditions are in your house! We all have our own favorite foods of the season…which morsels do you look forward to?
Slow Cooker Noodle Kugel
- 1 8- ounce package yolk-free broad egg noodles (NoYolks)
- 5 eggs (beaten)
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup raisins + ¼ cup water
In a glass bowl or measuring cup combine water and raisins. Microwave for 30-45 seconds until warm. Let sit until raisins are soft.
Spray the crock of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Mix all ingredients except noodles in crock pot until smooth.
Fold noodles into mixture gently. Cook on low for 4 hours.
Halfway through, gently stir to ensure the noodles are coated.
For last 15 minutes, position lid sideways.