Creole Farfel Kugel Recipe

This is a great example of Jewish fusion from a chef who has taken a traditional but basically boring recipe and adds his own favorite spices. The result is a much more exciting version of an old Jewish recipe. Congratulations to Emeril Lagassefor adding new spirit to a tired standard. I have made a few changes of my own.

Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
5 green onions, chopped
4 stalks celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chopped parsley
1 16-ounce box farfel
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Pine nuts (optional)
22 ounces chicken broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons “Emeril’s Original Essence” Creole Seasoning
¼ cup sliced mushrooms

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 º F.
In a large skillet add vegetable oil and sauté bell peppers, green onions, celery, garlic, and parsley until softened, about 6 minutes.
Add farfel and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
Add eggs and cook 2 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Bake in a greased 3-quart casserole for 30 to 45 minutes.

Essence (Emeril’s Creole Seasoning):

2 ½ tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup

Adapted from a recipe from
New New Orleans Cooking, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch.
Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
Episode#: EE2A33
Copyright © 2003 Television Food Network, G.P., All Rights Reserved

About Rabbi Michael Sternfield

Michael Sternfield has been a Reform rabbi for 40 years, most recently serving at Chicago Sinai Congregation from 1995 until 2013. He served for 20 years as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, and briefly as the leader of the Durban, South Africa Progressive Jewish Congregation during South Africa’s historic transition to multi-racial democracy. He is now based in Los Angeles, California.