The Best Hanukkah Recipes
Tradition dictates that Hanukkah is celebrated with a spread of fried foods, in commemoration of the miraculous oil that provided the victorious Maccabees with eight days of light. Is it any wonder that, here in the South, with our penchant to fry things, we have a big selection of wonderful Hanukkah dishes? We give everyone’s favorite, the fried potato latke, a Southern spin with the addition of sweet potatoes. Top with homemade applesauce for a special side for your Hanukkah celebration or any occasion. Brisket is the customary main dish for this holiday, and you will find a nice selection of savory brisket recipes, simmering in flavorful herbs and gravies. Round out your meal with some delicious side dishes. The eight days of Hanukkah are not complete without jelly doughnuts, and we have a fun recipe using convenient frozen roll dough. If you need more sweet options, we also have a great selection of holiday desserts that are sure to please your family and friends.
Sweet Potato Latkes
Recipe: Sweet Potato Latkes
Potato latkes are a staple on the Hanukkah table. Here we mix things up a bit and add a Southern twist by using sweet potatoes in place of baking potatoes.
Recipe: Fresh Applesauce
Use different varieties of apples for a unique taste and texture. Delicious spooned over potato latkes, doughnuts, pancakes, and biscuits.
Brisket with Mushroom-and-Onion Gravy
A top-rated reader favorite, this tender and flavorful brisket will make a mouth-watering main dish for your Hanukkah celebration. Round out the meal with buttery mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes.
Pepper Jelly-Pecan Rugelach
Recipe: Pepper Jelly-Pecan Rugelach
Rugelach, a Hanukkah tradition, are bite-size crescent-shaped cookies rolled with fruit, nuts, jam, or other fillings. We used red pepper jelly in this recipe to give the Rugelach just the right amount of sweet heat.
Beef Short Ribs
Recipe: Beef Short Ribs
This dish looks impressive but requires little effort. You don't have to use an expensive bottle of wine for cooking, but make sure you like the flavor.
Recipe: Roast Chicken
Show your culinary skill with this recipe for savory Roast Chicken. Roasted with lemon, dried rosemary, and seasoned pepper, the taste of this chicken will speak for itself.
Warm Frisée Salad with Crispy Kosher Salami
Frisée is a member of the chicory family often used in mesclun salad mixes. Buy bunches with crisp leaves and no signs of wilting. Use all of the leaves except the core.
Sweet Potato Latkes
Recipe: Sweet Potato Latkes
We combine two types of potatoes—sweet potatoes and russet—for just the right texture and color. Panko adds extra crunch to the latkes.
Sweet Vegetable Kugel
Recipe: Sweet Vegetable Kugel
Kugel is a baked pudding usually made with potatoes or noodles. We gave this recipe a Southern spin by adding sweet potatoes.
Matzo Ball Soup
Recipe: Matzo Ball Soup
This soup is so delicious and nourishing you will want to make it year round, not just on special holidays.
Garlic-Herb Roasted Chicken
Recipe: Garlic-Herb Roasted Chicken
Add additional moistness and flavor by replacing the wire roasting rack with a colorful rack of carrots and celery ribs. Enhance the flavor even further by adding a few sprigs of fresh herbs, unpeeled whole shallots, or apple slices.
Video: Easy Roasted Chicken Recipe
Recipe: Peach-Pecan Rugelach
We gave this version of the traditional Hanukkah treat a decidedly Southern spin with a filling made of peach preserves and pecans.
Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiyout)
Recipe: Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiyout)
Frozen roll dough makes this traditional dessert a cinch to make.
Red Wine-Braised Brisket with Caramelized Onions
A long, slow, bake time ensures this savory brisket, simmering in red wine and onions, will be melt-in-your-mouth tender. This will make a delicious main dish for your special-occasion menu.
Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Comforting Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples is just the entree for feeding a hungry crowd. One large 5- to 6-pound bird or two smaller ones will satisfy your gang.
Mindi's Doughnuts and Easy Raspberry Sauce
Glazed doughnut holes and fruit spread turn this traditional Hanukkah treat into a sweet and easy appetizer.
Spicy Apricot Brisket
Recipe: Spicy Apricot Brisket
The sweet notes from apricot preserves play well with the spiciness of chili sauce to create a delicious, savory main course.
Braided Egg Bread
Recipe: Braided Egg Bread
This slightly sweet bread is also known as challah. It's delicious for French toast.
Simple Potato Latkes
Recipe: Simple Potato Latkes
Test Kitchen Tip: Squeeze the potato mixture with your hands to remove excess liquid before dropping it into the hot oil. This will keep the oil from splattering and ensure crisp latkes.