Hanukkah is right around the corner. Get ready for 8 days of gifts, spinning the dreidel, lighting the menorah and our favorite thing of all… eating. Here are some of our favorite Hanukkah recipes:
Classic plain challah is already tasty but adding sun-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs and cheese makes it beyond glorious! See recipe here.
2. Sweet Noodle Kugel
This traditional Jewish dish is made of three basic ingredients: eggs, fat, and starch. Kugels can be made savory or sweet by adding dried fruit, cheese, spices and seasonings. This sweet noodle raisin kugel has a creamy custard center with a cinnamon sugar crust—see recipe here.
3. Brussels Sprouts Latkes
Latkes and other fried foods commemorate the menorah in the Jerusalem temple that miraculously burned for eight days on only a days worth of oil. Using 2015’s favorite vegetable, these brussels sprouts latkes are a twist on tradition that’ll even impress your trendiest “foodie” family member. See recipe here. If you’re looking for a more classic recipe, we’ve got one given to us by a Rabbi’s wife that’s just divine—see recipe here.
4. Potato Latkes Eggs Benedict
If you’ve already got some Latkes in the fridge, try making a benedict with lox for a drool-worthy Hanukkah breakfast—see recipe here.
5. Grandma’s Homemade Applesauce
Homemade applesauce is the best because you can mash the apples to the consistency you like. And homemade anything just tastes better—see recipe here.
6. Red Wine and Honey Beef Brisket
The Jewish tradition of eating beef brisket comes from when the impoverished Jews of eastern Europe could only afford the less desirable cuts of beef. They learned how to make it taste delicious and now brisket is a staple of Jewish holidays. This modern take slow cooks the meat in a sweet and tangy sauce until it falls apart at the touch of a fork—see recipe here.
7. Matzoh Ball Soup
Matzoh represents the unleavened bread the Jews ate while fleeing Egypt. Light, fluffy, flavorful matzoh balls in a nostalgic chicken noodle soup is just perfect—see recipe here.
8. Red Cabbage Slaw
This super easy 5 ingredient red cabbage slaw makes a great side dish that can be used to top a leftover brisket sandwich the next day! See recipe here.
These traditional soft, deep-fried doughnut holes filled with jam and topped with powdered sugar taste extra special during Hanukkah. See recipe here.
Cream cheese pastry dough rolled with brown sugar, nuts, cinnamon and anything else your heart desires…YUM. Here’s a tried and true rugelach recipe that’s been made several hundreds times by a Jewish mother—see recipe here.
11. Fried Apple Fritters
Not a traditional Jewish dessert but it’s quick, easy and still fried in lots of oil to celebrate the Festival of Lights. See recipe here.
Enjoy & chag sameach!