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Hanukkah Recipes - Kosher Jewish Holiday Food

While potato pancakes (levivot or latkes) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiot) are the most popular Hanukkah treats, there are many more delicious traditional and contemporary Jewish holiday recipes that can add flavor to your Hanukkah celebration.
  1. Hanukkah Menus (13)
  2. Hanukkah Cakes and Cookies (8)
  3. Latkes - Pancakes (23)
  4. Sufganiot - Doughnuts (9)
  5. Thanksgivukkah Recipes (5)

Fried Potato Pancakes, called Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew, are the most popular Hanukkah food. While traditional latkes are made from potatoes, today one can find many creative twists to the traditional latkes recipe. They include sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli, leek, cheese and even tuna latkes.

Hanukkah Recipes
During the Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah, many families invite relatives and friends over to light the menorah, sing songs, play dreidel, exchange gifts and enjoy traditional Hanukkah food. These traditional and contemporary Hanukkah recipes can help you plan a wonderful holiday celebration.

Hanukkah Menu and Recipes
Read a succinct explanation of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Get a traditional Hanukkah menu and recipes.

Hanukkah Dairy Menu and Recipes
One Hanukkah food tradition is eating dairy products, especially cheese, in commemoration of the Jewish heroine Judith (Yehudit). Find a traditional dairy Hanukkah menu and recipes.

Hanukkah Meat Menu and Recipes
After lighting the Hanukkah Menorah together, Jewish families and their guests may eat traditional Hanukkah food, play the Dreidel game, and exchange gifts. This Hanukkah meat menu includes brisket or chicken, parve side dishes and traditional Hanukkah treats.

Healthy Hanukkah Menu and Recipes
Nechama Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Diabetes Association (JDA) and author of EnLITEned Kosher Cooking, shares her healthy low-carb and low-fat recipes for Hanukkah.

Fresh and Natural Applesauce (Parve)
Nechama Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Diabetes Association (JDA) and author of EnLITEned Kosher Cooking, shares this low-carb, fat-free recipe for Applesauce. Cohen writes, "It’s hard to go back to store-bought applesauce after tasting this delicious, refreshing dessert. The trick to this great dish is tea bags. Be daring and try a variety of different flavors."

Mother's Homemade Applesauce Recipe (Parve)
Susan Portman is a very talented artist who also knows how to cook artfully. She highly recommends her mother's special applesauce recipe. Add happy memories to your Hanukkah celebration by serving this homemade applesauce with crispy potato latkes.

Fruit Punch (Parve)
Nechama Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Diabetes Association (JDA) and author of EnLITEned Kosher Cooking, shares this carb free, fat free recipe for Fruit Punch. Liven up your Hanukkah party with this zesty punch.

Mulled Wine (Parve)
Nechama Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Diabetes Association (JDA) and author of EnLITEned Kosher Cooking, shares this low-carb, fat-free recipe for Mulled Wine. Cohen writes, "You won’t find a more relaxing drink for a cold winter night. Curl up by a fireplace and savor a glass of this!"

Traditional Jewish Holiday Brisket
Brisket is a favorite Jewish holiday entree. Learn how to prepared a great brisket, and choose the best brisket recipe for your family's Hanukkah celebration.

Easy Sweet and Sour Brisket
This easy Sweet and Sour Brisket recipe is great for Shabbos as well as Purim and Hanukkah holiday meals. Just marinate the meat in a mixture of sauerkraut, peeled tomatoes and brown sugar, and then bake for 4 hours. It is amazingly easy to prepare a moist and delicious meat main dish for your family.

About Greek Food: Loukoumathes
Loukoumathes are small, light-as-air puffs, loved by all Greeks and a tradition in the Greek Jewish community at Hanukkah. About.com's Guide to Greek Food, Nancy Gaifyllia, provides recipes for Basic Loukoumathes, Loukoumathes with Yogurt, Orange Loukoumathes in Syrup and a step-by-step Photo Guide to Making Loukoumathes.

About Home Cooking: Hanukkah Cheese Gelt Coins
These tasty Cheddar cheese crackers are great as edible gelt for Hanukkah.

About Home Cooking: Hanukkah Bimuelos (Fried Honey Puffs)
Fried honey puffs are a traditional Hanukkah food for Sephardic Jews from the Mediterranean region, particularly Spain, Greece, and Turkey. They are so good, you will want to make them year-round. Honey puffs are best eaten as soon as they are made. This is a yeast bread, so plan ahead for rising time.

Aish.com: Chanukah Recipes
Irma Charles, also known as Bubby Irma, provides a recipe for Potato Latkes and a recipe for Doughnuts (Sufganiyot). These recipes, which use the most basic ingredients, are likely to be the same recipes used by generations of Jewish grandmothers.

Midrash.org: Cheese Sambusak
Cheese Sambusak, cheese-filled savory pastries, are often served as appetizers during Hanukkah. They can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Chabad.org: Chanukah Recipes
Chabad offers traditional holiday recipes: Chanukah Latkes, Cheese Latkes, Rumanian Zucchini Latkes, Apple Latkes, Applesauce, Jelly Doughnuts and Traditional Doughnuts.

Epicurious.com: Hanukkah
I highly recommend this Hanukkah feature. The site provides a variety of unique Hanukkah content - from photo demos of how to make sufganiot, latkas and cookies to holiday menus by top chefs.

Jewish Food List: Chanukkah Recipes
If you like the sound of Chanukah Bon Bons, Candle Salad, Dutch Fried Puffs, Glowing Menorah Cake, Stained Glass Cookie Pops and Gelt Double Fudge Chocolate Layer Cake, then you should visit this recipe archive.

RFCJ Archives: Hanukkah Recipes
This collection of Hanukkah recipes includes contributions from around the world. There is everything from traditional Hanukkah latkas to Sweet and Sour Chestnuts to Artichoke and Fennel Ravioli. My personal favorites are the White Cheesecake decorated with Hanukkah Gelt and the Candle Dreidels.

Israeli Leek Quiche (dairy)
I was looking for something special to make for a dairy dinner, and found a recipe for Leek Quiche in the Israeli newspaper. While many American quiche recipes use lots of cheese, this Israeli one uses cream and just a couple tablespoons of Mozzarella. If you want, you can simplify this recipe by using a ready pie crust instead of preparing the...

Creamed Squash Soup (Dairy or Pareve)
This Cream Squash Soup is vegan, gluten-free and delicious. The basic soup process of boil, simmer, puree is made a bit easier than usual because there are not many ingredients to chop and add. To keep this soup recipe pareve, use oil and soy milk. For a richer dairy version that could be served for a Shavuot or Hanukkah meal, use butter and...

Spinach and Cheese Pasta (dairy)
This Spinach and Cheese Pasta has become a regular family dinner in our home. It can be easily prepared in just 10 minutes, and it contains a starch, protein and green vegetable all in one. Plus, the pasta-spinach-cheese combination is so delicious that even those who are not pasta enthusiasts will like it.

Honeyed White Wine Chicken with Lemon & Olives (Meat)
A recipe for chicken baked in a honey wine sauce, with green olives and lemon.

Chicken with Prunes Tsimmes (Meat)

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