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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Add happy memories to your Hanukkah celebration by serving this homemade applesauce, made with fresh apples and apple juice, with crispy potato latkas.
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!
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.