Kugel is old-fashioned


Dana T. Sweeney of Baltimore is getting a recipe that has some fat yet is potentially low-fat and certainly delicious.

Her request was for a cottage-cheese kugel that was low-fat, low-calorie and "delicious" - a dish that she "had made many times" before losing the recipe.

Tester Laura Reiley chose a not-so-fat-free recipe from Barbara Rubin of Baltimore, who wrote: "You can substitute any of the dairy ingredients with lower-fat or fat-free products."

Cottage-Cheese Kugel

Serves 6

8 ounces wide egg noodles

4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

3 eggs, beaten slightly

12-ounce container creamed or small-curd cottage cheese

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

1 small can crushed pineapple (drained)

1/2 cup sugar

sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar, for the top

Boil noodles 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Mix up noodles with remaining ingredients (except cinnamon and sugar for top) and put in well-greased 8-inch-square pan. Sprinkle top with cinnamon-and-sugar mixture. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "OK, this is not low-calorie, but it is a delicious, just-sweet old-fashioned kugel just like 'Bubbe' used to make. For the kugel rookie, this is a Jewish comfort food, usually eaten as a savory course, despite the presence of cinnamon and pineapple. This version is decadent, but could certainly be made more healthful with low-fat sour cream, just egg whites and margarine instead of butter. The top gets nice and crunchy, while the insides are rich and creamy."

Recipe requests:

Elizabeth M. Hayes of Greensburg, Pa., asks a question: "Does anyone out there have a recipe for a cheese-batter bread made with yeast?"

Marlene Coleman of Baltimore wants a recipe she had in the late '60s. "It was for pork chops which I think were called Skillet Barbequed Pork Chops. I remember it had chopped celery, onion, some spices plus tomato sauce. I lost the recipe in moving and my family loved it."

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