BM# 74: Week 1/ Day 2 Theme: Are you Pudding Me?? Dish: Cauliflower & Leek Kugel
Today I have a savory pudding called Kugel for this week’s ‘Are you pudding me??’ theme. Kugel is a Jewish baked pudding or casserole and is most commonly made with egg noodles or potato. Here I have a vegan recipe which uses silken tofu for binding instead of eggs and is made with cauliflower and leeks. Kugels can be made both as sweet or savory. Savory kugels are usually based on potatoes, matzah, cabbage, zucchini, spinach or cheese. This vegan recipe is from the cookbook Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra. I have had this recipe bookmarked to try for a very long time and finally got around to making it. Matzah aka matzo is a Jewish unleavened flatbread that is crispy and resembles a cracker. Matzo is ground up to fine crumbs and used in the pudding to give it some structure. It is also broken into big pieces and sprinkled on the top for texture. If you can’t find matzo, then replace it with oyster crackers or regular soup crackers.This pudding is packed with fresh dill and parsley making it very flavorful and aromatic. Silken tofu acts as a binder and the pudding bakes up beautifully. Mashed cauliflower makes this a very healthy dish without adding too many calories. Serve the dish hot from the oven for the best taste.