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Parsnip Kugel

By Kim

Morning all - can't believe it's Friday again already! I almost forget to write this post the week went so fast ... almost.

Okay - so some of you might be scratching your heads about now at this recipe. Kugel? What's a kugel? It's a casserole that can be almost cake-like in some cases (mine or a traditional carrot), cheesy in others, sweet with noodles and cinnamon or savory with potatoes and onion but it's typically served at Jewish holidays and on the sabbath (aka, Shabbat). As I've mentioned I've had noodle kugel, carrot kugel and potato kugel but I've never seen a parsnip kugel so I thought - why not?

The next question for me was savory or sweet? Do I include onions, shallots, some herbs like thyme and sage or go with the nutmeg, brown sugar, and apples? As I was craving sweet that day (I made this on Wednesday), and I had all the ingredients for sweet in the house (savory may have required a trip to the store), I went with the latter and here's what I got.

Parsnip Kugel


  • A bunch of parsnips - not sure what size these were and as I forgot to weight them, I'd say about 10 small to medium
  • medium apple, peeled and quartered
  • 4 oz unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4C canola oil
  • 1/2t lemon rind
  • 1C flour
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1t baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1t cinnamon (we love our cinnamon)
  • 1/2t NUTMEG


1. Spray a 7x11 glass pan with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 400F.
2. Place the parsnip in a food processor (I peeled mine first as I didn't know if I should or not), chop fine and put in a large bowl.
3. Place apple in food processor and chop fine and add to parsnip. If you don't have a food processor you could grate both or get really handy with a knife.
4. Add to them the egg, brown sugar, lemon rind and oil.
5. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg with a whisk.
6. Add flour mixture to parsnip mixture.
7. Bake for about 40 minutes until cooked through (I tested with a knife) and golden brown. Let it sit for a few minutes and then serve.

Parsnip Kugel

I have to admit - I really liked this! So much so, that I kept picking at it as I passed the counter and finally had to toss it because although Becky liked it too, I just couldn't see us finishing it any time soon and it was too tempting.

Because it's cake-like this came in high on the Weight Watcher meter - at 10 servings we got 5PPV.

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Comments (2)


Been waiting since Wednesday to find out what you were teasing us with in your facebook posts. :grin: This looks good.


I've had noodle kugel many times. I would never think to make parsnip kugel. Glad it worked out. Good post.

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