Every Dish You Need on Your Hanukkah Dinner Menu this Year

Red Wine-Braised Brisket with Caramelized Onions
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Get those frying pans ready. The family's on their way, and you know they'll be looking for some latkes. But, if you're looking to round out your dinner menu beyond a crispy fried treat, we've got a few favorite Hanukkah dinner recipe ideas that reflect the spirit of the season. If you're looking to serve a few traditional dishes, our Red Wine-Braised Brisket with Caramelized Onions and Sweet Vegetable Kugel are sure to live up to Bubbe's recipes. Or, if you're looking to add a bit of color to your nearly all-fried spread, try our Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons or our beautiful Skillet Squash Blossom. They're sure to delight without taking the spotlight off of your world famous latkes. Ready for dessert? Serve our Sufganiyout or Peach-Pecan Rugelach for a sweet Hanukkah treat. Here, we've rounded up Hanukkah menu recipes that are easy to mix and match all eight nights.

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The Happiest Hanukkah: A Hanukkah Dinner for 12

The Happiest Hanukkah: A Hanukkah Dinner for 12
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Potato Latkes

Recipe: Clarified Butter

Recipe: Potato Latkes Warm Apple Compote and Aged Cheddar Topping

Recipe: Potato Latkes with Tahini, Yogurt, and Roasted Red Pepper Topping

Recipe: Potato Latkes with Herbed Sour Cream and Smoked Salmon Topping

Recipe: Young Lettuces and Shaved Winter Vegetables with Walnut Vinaigrette

Recipe: Apple Fritters with Salted Caramel Sauce

Get out your menorah and your cast-iron skillet. It's time for a Hanukkah celebration with a special menu designed by chef Todd Ginsberg of Atlanta Restuarant The General Muir. Serve the latkes and toppings family style for a fun, informal meal.

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Brisket with Mushroom-and-Onion Gravy

Brisket with Mushroom-and-Onion Gravy
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Brisket with Mushroom-and-Onion Gravy

It's not Hanukkah without a homemade brisket on the table, and this recipe is a true reader favorite.

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Red Wine-Braised Brisket with Caramelized Onions

Red Wine-Braised Brisket with Caramelized Onions
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Red Wine-Braised Brisket with Caramelized Onions

Simmered in red wine and onions, this slow cooked brisket is melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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Spicy Apricot Brisket

Spicy Apricot Brisket
Southern Living

Recipe: Spicy Apricot Brisket

A sweet take on a Hanukkah menu staple, apricot preserves play well with the spiciness of chili sauce in this delicious main.

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Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Who says Rosh Hashanah is the only holiday where apples appear on the table? This roasted chicken pairs with sweet potatoes and apples for a recipe ready to feed a crowd.

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Braided Egg Bread (Challah)

Braided Egg Bread (Challah)
Southern Living

Recipe: Braided Egg Bread

Even if you normally serve your favorite, local bakery loaf, there's nothing like a homemade challah. Don't worry. This recipe makes it a cinch.

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Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Matzo Ball Soup

This classic recipe is sure to have guests asking for more than just two matzo balls in their bowl.

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Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes
Luca Trovato

Recipe: Sweet Potato Latkes

Mix it up this year by using sweet potatoes instead of baking potatoes for a new take on this Hanukkah must-have.

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Simple Potato Latkes

Simple Potato Latkes
Southern Living

Recipe: Simple Potato Latkes

Simple, crispy, and just as good as Bubbe's – we promise.

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Fresh Applesauce

Fresh Applesauce
Luca Trovato

Recipe: Fresh Applesauce

No matter how you like to dress your latkes, we can all agree that this Fresh Applesauce recipe only makes things better.

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Sweet Vegetable Kugel

Sweet Vegetable Kugel
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Sweet Vegetable Kugel

If you're looking to add a new kugel recipe to your catalogue, look no further. This sweet potato spin on a holiday classic is sure to delight.

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Skillet Squash Blossom

Skillet Squash Blossom
Iain Bagwell

Recipe:Skillet Squash Blossom

As tasty as it is eye catching, add this Skillet Squash Blossom recipe to your menu, and you can feel a little bit better about splurging on some Sufganiyout for dessert.

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Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons

Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons

A touch of cornbread makes this Brussels spouts side a true Southern holiday dish.

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Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Add some color to your Hanukkah menu with this bright and delicious carrot side.

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Parsley Couscous

Parsley Couscous
Southern Living

Recipe:Parsley Couscous

An easy, Israeli dish, this tasty couscous side only takes 10 minutes to make.

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Green Beans with Garlic

Green Beans with Garlic
Jim Franco

Recipe: Green Beans with Garlic

Simple and fresh, you'll love the flavor of this easy green bean side.

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Asparagus-New Potato Hash

Asparagus-New Potato Hash
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Asparagus-New Potato Hash

You'll be shocked by how refreshing such a straightforward mix of vegetables can be.

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Pepper Jelly-Pecan Rugelach

Pepper Jelly-Pecan Rugelach
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pepper Jelly-Pecan Rugelach

These traditional crescent-shaped sweets are filled with pepper jelly for just the right amount of sweet heat

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Peach-Pecan Rugelach

Peach-Pecan Rugelach
Luca Trovato

Recipe: Peach-Pecan Rugelach

We filled this Rugelach recipe with pecans and peach preserves for a Southern take on this Hanukkah treat.

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Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiyout)

Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiyout)
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiyout)

Deep fried and full of tradition, sufganiyout are another sweet nod to the miraculous oil this Hanukkah.

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Stained-Glass Hanukkah Cookies

Add a sweet note to your Hanukkah celebration with these pretty, homemade treats. These simple cookies are made with premade sugar cookie or shortbread to save you time during the festivities, and then cut out with your favorite cookie cutter shapes (we used the Star of David and a dreidel). Add in some hard candies, like blue Jolly Ranchers, and watch your stained-glass cookies take shape in the oven. Be sure to let the batch cool before serving, as the candy will be very hot.

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Mindi's Doughnuts and Easy Raspberry Sauce

Mindi's Doughnuts and Easy Raspberry Sauce
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Mindi's Doughnuts and Easy Raspberry Sauce

For an easy Hanukkah dessert, grab a few glazed doughnut holes from the grocery and add our easy raspberry sauce for a sweet touch.

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