10 Fabulous Foods for Hanukkah ...


10 Fabulous Foods for Hanukkah ...
10 Fabulous Foods for Hanukkah ...

You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the foods of Hanukkah. Jewish food rarely gets put in the spotlight but Hanukkah is the perfect time to try out some new recipes. I’m listing some of the most important, traditional and standard foods for Hanukkah and hope you will give some a try during the eight days of this significant Jewish holiday which this year falls 12/24/16 - 01/01/17.

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There is a custom of eating foods at Hanukkah that have been fried or baked in oil (preferably olive oil) to commemorate the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame that was in the temple alight for eight days. Latkes – potato pancakes are one of the mainstay foods for Hanukkah. Follow this recipe and learn the basics and once you’ve got the hang of it, search out other variations. You might use other vegetables like zucchini and spinach if you want to have latkes in spirit but more healthy than the traditional. Or how about a mix of potatoes and parsnips?


Latkes are a traditional food served during Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle of the oil that kept the temple flame burning for eight days. The traditional recipe for latkes calls for potatoes, eggs, and onion, but there are many variations that can be made to be more healthy. For example, adding vegetables such as zucchini and spinach, or mixing potatoes and parsnips. Latkes can be served with a variety of toppings such as applesauce, sour cream, and sugar. Latkes can also be served as a savory dish with toppings such as smoked salmon, caviar, and cream cheese. No matter how you choose to serve them, latkes are a delicious way to celebrate Hanukkah.


Noodle Kugel

Bake a delicious creamy, sweet egg noodle casserole. It's traditional Jewish comfort food and perfect for any day of Hanukkah.


Noodle Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish that is commonly served during Hanukkah. It is a casserole made of egg noodles, butter, cottage cheese, sour cream, and sugar. It is usually topped with crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs and cinnamon. It is a creamy, sweet dish that is perfect for a special occasion. Noodle Kugel is easy to make and is a great way to share a special part of Jewish culture. It's a great way to bring family and friends together to celebrate the Festival of Lights.



There are two stages to challah. First you have to make the dough and then you have to braid it. You can choose anything upwards from 3 strands. Or you can ignore the braiding and go all out and make a fancy shape for Hanukkah – like a menorah or a dreidel shape. Whichever you choose, there are plenty of recipes online for challah dough. Here’s one melissaclark.net



The thing about blintzes is that when you’ve whipped up a batch of savory ones, someone will want sweet and vice versa. Cheekyricho shows in this video how you can make both in one batch – so no one goes disappointed.



No one will be able to resist these Hanukkah donuts. Traditionally they are jelly donuts but like everything else, recipes are being adulterated to make new flavors and combinations. Search out your favorite.



Another of the great Hanukkah foods, rugelach is a delicious cookie. And again, you can stick with the traditional version or you can find lots of modern interpretations. The video is showing a recipe for original rugelach but you might want to search out recipes for chocolate, apricot and almond, raspberry, pecan pie, spiced apple caramel, … or oh so many others.


Hanukkah Brisket

Brisket is a great centerpiece to a Hanukkah table but this is so good you’ll want to eat it at times other than high days and holidays.


Hanukkah brisket is a traditional Jewish dish that is made from beef brisket, vegetables, and spices. It is usually served as the main course during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. This dish is usually slow-cooked for several hours, resulting in a tender, juicy, and flavorful dish. The recipe featured in this video includes ingredients such as onion, garlic, paprika, and tomato paste. This dish is a great way to bring the flavors of Hanukkah to your dinner table. It is a delicious, comforting, and filling meal that is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Serve it with roasted vegetables and potatoes for a complete Hanukkah dinner.


Marshmallow Dreidels

They might not spin like a dreidel but they will make your tongue dance and delight your taste buds.


Matzo Ball Soup

Okay so it’s not classed as a traditional Hanukkah food, but I’m sure the holiday rarely passes without at least one pot being simmered on the stove in any Jewish household. After all, it is known as Jewish penicillin.



Whatever your main meal’s centerpiece is, it can’t go without yummy side dishes – enter Tzimmes. If you love carrots, you’ll love tucking into this. It’s especially good with brisket and roast chicken.

I’m so intrigued by these delicious sounding foods for Hanukkah that not only has it inspired me to try cooking some but also to learn more about the Jewish Festival of Lights. How about you? What’s tickled your taste buds?

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Happy Hanukkah i love Hanukkah

My friend Meg made me sweet potatoe Latkes last year they were awesome

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