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Crispy Potato-Leek Kugel

Creamy on the inside, crackly on the outside, and completely irresistible. Skill Level: Intermediate

45 min Prep
120 min Total
price per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
Protein 4.9g
Total Carbohydrates 31.7g
Dietary Fiber 3.1g
Net Carbohydrates 28.6g
Sugar 3.7g
Total Fat 10.9g
Saturated Fat 1.2g
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 62.0mg
Sodium 528.9mg
SmartPoints® 6.0


  • 9 peeled russet potatoes
  • 8 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
  • 4 medium leeks, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 yellow onion, grated
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F.
  2. Cut 7 potatoes into 1" chunks and place in a pot. Cover with cold water by 1". Season water generously with salt, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain well, transfer to a large bowl, and mash with a potato masher; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium until shimmering. Add leeks, onion, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and golden, 5-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Grease bottom and sides of an 8x8" baking pan with 2 Tbsp. oil. Place pan in oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Mix potatoes, sautéed leeks, eggs, 2 Tbsp. oil, 1 Tbsp. thyme, 2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper until well combined.
  6. Thinly slice remaining 2 potatoes and toss with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, 1 tsp. thyme, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl; set aside.
  7. Carefully remove preheated pan from oven and transfer potato-onion mixture to the pan (it should sizzle when it hits the hot oil). Smooth top with a spatula. Layer potato slices over the top in a shingled fashion.
  8. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, 60-75 minutes.
  9. Heat broiler; broil kugel until crispy crust forms, 1-2 minutes, watching carefully so it does not burn. Let cool briefly, then cut into squares to serve.

Price Per Serving based on average national price: excludes store savings and local grocery store pricing

Photo Credit: Epicurious