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Hanukkah Recipes


During Hanukkah (or Chanukah), many Jewish families invite relatives and friends over to light the menorah, sing songs, play dreidel games, exchange gifts and enjoy Hanukkah food. These traditional and contemporary Hanukkah recipes - with brisket, salmon, salad, varied latkes, applesauce, cookies and donuts - can help you plan delicious Hanukkah menus and wonderful holiday celebrations.

1. Hanukkah Brisket Recipe

Giora Shimoni
Brisket, when correctly cooked and cut, is festive, fragrant, flavorful, and fork-tender. This simple brisket recipe produces moist, sweet meat. Enjoy this traditional slow-cooked Jewish brisket recipe for the Sabbath dinner that falls during the week of Hanukkah. Or choose another brisket recipe from this collection of favorite kosher brisket recipes.

2. Herb Baked Salmon

Herb Baked Salmon
Giora Shimoni
Many families like to eat dairy meals during the week of Hanukkah in commemoration of the Jewish heroine Judith (Yehudit). This herb baked salmon is a festive parve main dish to serve for Hanukkah. And given all the oil used in the other traditional Hanukkah side dishes and desserts, it is a good idea to serve a lite and healthy entree.

4. Traditional Hanukkah Potato Pancakes

Fried Potato Pancakes Latkas for Hanukkah
Giora Shimoni
Fried food is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem. Fried Potato Pancakes (called Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew) are the holiday favorite.

5. Cauliflower Latkes

Cauliflower Pancakes for Hanukkah
Giora Shimoni
These Cauliflower Latkes are perfect for Hanukkah. They are healthier and lower in carbohydrates than traditional Potato Pancakes. They are also easier to prepare than Potato Latkes. And in my humble opinion they are tastier too.

6. Leek Latkes

Leek Latkes for Hanukkah
Giora Shimoni
In my experimenting with a variety of different vegetables for Hanukkah latkes, my wife decided that these Leek Latkes take first prize. They look fancy, but they are easier to make than traditional Potato Latkes as no food processor is needed. And of course they are lower in carbohydrates and healthier than potato pancakes. So treat the adults at your Hanukkah party a special Hanukkah latke this year with these delicious Leek Latkes.

7. Cottage Cheese Latkes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes - Cheese Latkes
Giora Shimoni
During the week of Hanukkah, serve these Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Cheese Latkes) for dinner one night. Your family will enjoy this main dish version of the traditional Hanukkah Potato Latkes side dish.

8. Homemade Applesauce Recipe

Latkas - Livivot - Potato Pancakes
Giora Shimoni
Add happy memories to your Hanukkah celebration by serving this homemade applesauce, made with fresh apples and apple juice, with crispy potato latkas.

9. Cut-Out Decorated Hanukkah Cookies

Decorated Cut-Out Hanukkah Cookies
Giora Shimoni
Decorate your Cut-Out Holiday Shape Cookies this year! This easy-to-make dough can be rolled out immediately (no need to chill it) and cut into your favorite holiday shapes. Margarine can be used instead of butter for parve cookies. Use non-stick cooking spray and sanding sugar to make colorful, fun designs. Happy Hanukkah!

10. Sufganiot Hanukkah Doughnuts

Children love Hanukkah Doughnuts - Sufganiot
Giora Shimoni
Sufganiot are deep-fried jelly doughnuts that are traditionally eaten during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Sufganiot are especially popular in Israel. The oil used to fry the doughnuts are reminiscent of the oil that miraculously burned, according to the Hanukkah story, in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

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