A traditional Hanukkah menu celebrates the miracle of oil that burned for 8 nights instead of just 1 by including a few fried recipes, in particular latkes (fried potato pancakes) and sufganiot (fried donuts). We've rounded up these cornerstone items with a few of our favorites to help you put together a celebratory menu. Keep in mind kosher laws, if following, and do not mix dairy and meat items. If you choose to serve dairy, plan on serving baked or roasted salmon for your main course. Or go dairy-free with brisket or chicken.
This is a traditional latkes recipe using grated potatoes, flour, eggs, salt, and grated onion. Be sure to squeeze potatoes well to get excess moisture out, this is the key to getting crispy latkes. Allrecipes member Rachel who shares this recipe, says: "A classic potato latke, you can't go wrong with these crispy hot cakes. Serve with applesauce, sour cream and chopped green onions! Happy Hanukkah!"
Essential tips and tricks for Making Latkes
A perfect accompaniment to potato latkes, this applesauce is made in a slow cooker. The combination of brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and apples will perfume your house for hours.
If you don't have the time for a slow cooker recipe, here's a quick and easy applesauce recipe that will be done in less than 30 minutes. The sauce is spiced with cinnamon and cloves. We recommend tasting your apples first and adjusting the added sugar amount accordingly. Once done, puree the sauce until smooth or leave it a bit chunky.
This challah recipe uses instant yeast to speed up the rising process and save you some time in the kitchen. Braid the challah as a traditional loaf or make a round one. This recipe makes enough loaves to last through the holiday or share as gifts with friends and family.
Allrecipes member chagar raves about this brisket, saying: "Followed the recipe exactly and we absolutely loved it. I used a red merlot as I'm not really familiar with cooking with red wines. The sauce turned out amazing. I served with basmati rice and steamed cauliflower, zucchini and asparagus."
For a dairy menu, this recipe for salmon baked in a butter, lemon, and dill sauce is a crowd pleaser. You can bake the salmon as individual fillets or use a whole side of the fish. Sprigs of fresh dill and lemon slices make for a beautiful presentation.
Sandy Witek, the allrecipes member who shares this recipe writes: "This is a one-pan meal that's in the oven in 15 minutes. Rosemary, garlic, and oregano create a mouthwatering aroma. If using dried herbs in place of fresh, use 1/3 the amount. Potatoes are crispy like French fries."
With some of the heavier, fried menu items, a nice green dish will be a welcomed addition to the table. We love these simply roasted green beans. Be sure to spread the beans in a single layer to allow them to roast evenly without steaming.
Here's another quick and easy side dish for the table. In this recipe, kale is sauteed in olive oil with sherry vinegar, red pepper flakes, and minced garlic. Adjust the amount of pepper flakes depending on your heat preference. For more flavor, feel free to use vegetable or chicken broth in place of water.
These fried doughnuts from allrecipes member Rachel, are "filled with sweet cheese or preserves" to fit either the dairy or dairy-free menu. Allrecipes member Illysa calls these doughnuts excellent, adding that the recipe has become her family's new Hanukkah tradition.
Here is another recipe for holiday doughnuts from allrecipes member Mel Levy. The batter in this recipe calls for yogurt, making these doughnuts especially tender. Once fried, roll the doughnuts in vanilla sugar and eat immediately.
This sugar cookie recipe is loved by our community. Make a batch and let your guests (kids and adults) roll out the dough and cut out their favorite Hanukkah shapes including menorah, dreidel, and Star of David. Once baked and cooled, you can decorate the cookies with icing and sprinkles. A perfect sweet ending to a wonderful dinner.
- Check out our Favorite Latkes Recipes for Hanukkah
- 15 Crispy Potato Recipes That'll Bring the Crunch to Brunch
- Explore our entire collection of Hanukkah Recipes
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