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.
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?
2. Noodle Kugel
Bake a delicious creamy, sweet egg noodle casserole. It's traditional Jewish comfort food and perfect for any day of Hanukkah.
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.
7. 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.
8. Marshmallow Dreidels
They might not spin like a dreidel but they will make your tongue dance and delight your taste buds.
9. 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?