Approximate yield: 10-12 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
When it comes to kugel, the different variations sort of form a four-way flavor/ingredient matrix. You have savory-sweet spanning one axis, and you have noodle-potato along the other axis. Everyone has their favorite, but at Acme Smoked Fish we love all kugels! That said, we figured that the best type of kugel for showcasing smoked fish would be the savory/noodle variety. Once this was decided, we thought, “What smoked fish would work best in this type of kugel?” After testing a few varieties of smoked fish in various savory noodle kugel recipes, we decided that Nova smoked salmon would be the best fit. The conclusion proved true. Salty and delicate, yet firm and succulent, cold smoked salmon held up best in terms of flavor and texture as a component of a classic hearty dish like noodle kugel.
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup cream cheese (brought to room temperature)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 eggs, beaten
Salt, to taste
1 lb. wide egg noodles
Ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large Spanish onion, minced
8 ounces of Acme Smoked Fish smoked salmon, cut into 1-inch pieces
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, 8 tablespoons of butter, and the eggs in a mixing bowl. Set the mixture aside.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil (at least 4 quarts in capacity). Cook noodles until al dente. Drain the noodles. Lightly stir the hot noodles into the cheese mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onions to the pan to sauté, stirring occasionally until lightly caramelized. Once the pan has reached temperature, this should take about 8 minutes.
Add the noodle and cheese mixture to a casserole dish, along with the sautéed garlic and onions. Top the mixture evenly with the pieces of smoked salmon and use the handle of a spoon to insert the salmon pieces about ½ inch in depth.
Bake in the pre-heated oven until browned. This should take about 35-40 minutes. Check after 30 minutes.