The festival of Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah) was established to commemorate the Jewish Maccabees' military victory over the Greek-Syrians and the re-dedication of the Second Temple, which had been desecrated by the Greek-Syrians, to the worship of God. Thus, Hanukkah is a joyous celebration of Jewish national survival and religious freedom.
Top Pick 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 favorite traditional and contemporary Hanukkah recipes can help you plan a wonderful holiday celebration.
Hanukkah Meat Menu
After lighting the Hanukkah Menorah together, you and your guests may enjoy sitting down to a traditional meat meal, especially on the Friday night of Hanukkah. This Hanukkah meat menu includes brisket or chicken, parve side dishes and traditional Hanukkah treats.
Hanukkah Dairy Menu
One Hanukkah food tradition is eating dairy products, especially cheese, in commemoration of the Jewish heroine Judith (Yehudit). For your dairy Hanukkah party, try these recipes for Spinach Tidbit Appetizers, Grilled Salmon, Pepper, Cheese and Sugared Pecan Salad, Traditional Potato Latkes and Hanukkah Shape Cookies.
More Favorite Hanukkah Menus
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 holiday menus can help you plan a wonderful Hanukkah party.
Hanukkah Potato Pancake Recipes
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, guacamole, cheese and even tuna latkes. Find a variety of Hanukkah Latkes recipes.
Hanukkah Donut Recipes
I don't like to make or eat the deep-fried, jelly-filled donuts, called Sufganiot, that are traditionally enjoyed during Hanukkah in Israel. However, my children, like all Israeli kids, think Sufganiot rule. Find a variety of Hanukkah Sufganiot recipes.
Hanukkah Cakes and Cookie Recipes
Hanukkah desserts come in all shapes, sizes, colors and flavors. Enjoy decorated holiday Sugar Cookies, Cupcake Menorahs, traditional Hanukkah Donuts and contemporary cakes. Find a variety of Hanukkah dessert recipes.
More Favorite Hanukkah Recipes
Find Hanukkah recipes for holiday favorites like applesauce, brisket, Bimuelos, Loukoumathes, fruit punch, mulled wine and more.