• Recipe By
  • Published Mar 7th
  • Ready In1h 55m
  • Servings8
  • Calories699
This is a Lithuanian Ethnic dish. The main ingredient is potatoes. The recipe comes from my fathers grandmother and has been a family favorite for more than 75 years. Serve hot as a main dish with either sour cream or applesauce.

Kugeli Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Kugeli for 8 servings:

  • 3/4 pound salt pork, diced
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ground black pepper to taste

Kugeli Cooking Instructions

  • Prep25m
  • Cook1h 30m
  • Ready In1h 55m

To cook Kugeli, you need about 25 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Kugeli is about 1 hour 30 minutes , and you can serve your Kugeli within 1 hour 55 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Kugeli easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Oil a 12x15 inch pan with olive oil.
  2. 2 Place salt pork in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 chopped onion, and continue cooking until onion is tender and lightly browned; set aside.
  3. 3 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine potatoes and remaining chopped onions. Fill the bowl of a food processor with the mixture, and 1 egg. Process until smooth, then transfer to a large bowl. Repeat until all has been processed. Season with pepper. Stir in the salt pork mixture. Blend in flour gradually to absorb some moisture, but err on the side of less flour.
  4. 4 Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 1 hour, or until top is evenly browned.


  • Leftovers can be sliced and eaten cold, or fried to golden brown with onions.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 699 calories; 41.8 grams of fat; 66.9 grams of carbohydrates; 14.8 grams of protein; 176 milligrams of cholesterol; 678 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Oct 14th 2014

    I used bacon in this and cut the recipe back to fit in a 9x13 pan. We felt it needed a little salt, but this was really good. Comfort food like a cross between mashed potato and a hash brown ...

  2. Nov 4th 2013

    My Mom and Grandma made this all the time. When I tried using the food processor the texture was all wrong. More like mashed potatoes than koogilie. my Mom used to grate the potatoes by hand ...

  3. Nov 24th 2011

    Thanks BOBCHASE! Just like Mom and I ued to make, only in the old days we didn't have food processors, everything was hand grated. Your recipe is exactly like mine.

  4. Aug 10th 2010

    Thank you so much. When my grandmother passed, we lost her recipe. I'll never loss your this one.

  5. Jul 15th 2009

    This is a family tradition (yes, Lithuanian!) However we use chopped bacon, diced ham and add evaporated milk also. We don't use the flour. We just chop everything up in the food processo ...

  6. Oct 21st 2006

    great recipe...works well with bacon and a splash of evaporated milk.

  7. Aug 18th 2006

    This is an excellent recipe. Okay I am Lithuanian but still....it's the best. I lost my own family recipe so thank goodness I found this one. In my family we call it, Kugelis. My children lo ...

  8. Apr 25th 2006

    one word........delicious!!!!!!!!

  9. Oct 31st 2002

    Yummy! Tastes like spruced-up hash browns.