31 Hanukkah Recipes To Celebrate the Festival of Lights

Andrew’s Potato Latkes
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell

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 for fried 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 them with homemade applesauce for a special side for your Hanukkah celebration or any occasion. Brisket and chicken are the customary main dishes for this holiday, and you will find a nice selection of savory brisket and golden roasted chicken recipes, simmering in flavorful herbs and gravies. Round out your meal with some delicious side dishes. Finally, the eight days of Hanukkah are not complete without jelly doughnuts or festive cookies, and we have the recipes to end each night on a sweet note.

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Mini Sweet Potato Latkes

Mini Sweet Potato Latkes
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Mini 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.

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Instant Pot Applesauce

instant pot apple sauce
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Instant Pot Applesauce

Make this applesauce your own by adding or substituting sugar and spice to taste. It's delicious spooned over potato latkes, doughnuts, pancakes, and biscuits.

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Brisket with Carrots and Horseradish-Parsley Gremolata

Brisket with Carrots and Horseradish-Parsley Gremolata
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Brisket with Carrots and Horseradish-Parsley Gremolata

This tender and flavorful brisket will make a mouth-watering main dish for your Hanukkah celebration. Top the meat with a thick sauce made from parsley, olive oil, and horseradish, then round out the meal with buttery mashed potatoes and roasted carrots.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Rugelach

Chocolate-Hazelnut Rugelach
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Rugelach

Rugelach, a Hanukkah tradition, are bite-size crescent-shaped cookies rolled with fruit, nuts, jam, or other fillings. We used hazelnuts and dark chocolate in this recipe to give the Rugelach just the right amount of holiday decadence.

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Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken
Photo: Iain Bagwell

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.

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Cast-Iron Potato Kugel

Cast-Iron Potato Kugel
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Cast-Iron Potato Kugel

Although kugel is often made sweet and with noodles, this version using potatoes in a cast-iron skillet is a classic, Southern spin. We like to think of it as one big, tasty latke. Yum.

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Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

The Test Kitchen named this dish "Anytime Chicken" and we think it's especially perfect for Hanukkah. It's easy enough for a weeknight holiday dinner after lighting the candles, but special enough to ring in the festivities.

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Cherry-Walnut Rugelach

Cherry-Walnut Rugelach
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Cherry-Walnut Rugelach

We gave this version of the traditional Hanukkah treat a decidedly Southern spin with a filling made of cherry preserves and walnuts. These crescent-shaped cookies are a new take on a classic that will become favorites in your household.

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Braised Cola-and-Bourbon Brisket

Rustic Mashed Potatoes with Whole-Grain Mustard
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Tami Hardeman

Recipe: Braised Cola-and-Bourbon Brisket

Soda and bourbon may not be your first thought when it comes to the holiday main dish, but we promise, you won't regret it. A long, slow, bake time ensures this savory brisket will be melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: 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.

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Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Potato Latkes

These griddle latkes are decidedly less oily than the deep-fried kind. The key is to have enough clarified butter in the pan to warrant excited sizzling. The result is a light, crispy bite with lacy potato edges.

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Challah Bread

Challah
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Challah Bread

This slightly sweet bread is made with lots of egg and topped with sesame seeds. It's traditionally eaten for the Jewish Sabbath and delicious for French toast the following morning.

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Holiday Present and Star Shortbread Cookies

Holiday Present and Star Shortbread Cookies
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Holiday Present and Star Shortbread Cookies

The ultimate bragging point of celebrating Hanukkah is eight nights of presents. How about eight nights of present cookies? Now that's a tradition we can get behind!

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Cornmeal Popovers

Cornmeal Popovers
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Cornmeal Popovers

Think of these as a Southern take on knishes, traditional Jewish baked goods. They're the perfect light and fluffy, comforting side for the holiday meal, especially when served toasty warm.

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Chicken and Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings

Chicken and Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken and Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings

Jews know matzo ball soup when we see it. This Southern spin is made extra easy using a rotisserie chicken and lots of tarragon and parsley.

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Banana Cream Donuts

Banana Cream Donuts
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Banana Cream Donuts

They may not be your typical sufganiyot (Hanukkah jelly donuts), but we welcome this creamy twist. These round, cakey donuts are filled with a rich banana cream custard that your whole crew will love.

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Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Mushroom Stroganoff

Served over egg noodles, this meatless meal is hearty enough to be the star of your holiday spread. The creamy mushroom sauce has smoked paprika for deep, dynamic flavor.

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Cranberry Sauce Meatballs

Cranberry Sauce Meatballs
Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Cranberry Sauce Meatballs

Tender beef meatballs can be served as a pre-dinner snack or the main course with a sampling of sides and some egg noodles. Cranberry sauce makes them sweet, but notes of savory and spicy flavor will have your holiday crowd coming back for seconds.

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Slice-and-Bake Sugar Cookie Bites

Slice-and-Bake Sugar Cookie Bites
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Slice-and-Bake Sugar Cookie Bites

Festive holiday cookies are easy as can be. Roll your cookie dough in blue and white sprinkles to show off those Hanukkah colors.

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Orange-Rosemary Roast Chicken

Orange-Rosemary Roast Chicken
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Orange-Rosemary Roast Chicken

Sheet pan chicken is the shortcut to a family-favorite holiday meal. Baby potatoes, orange slices, and rosemary roast together as the chicken becomes crisp and tender.

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Chocolate Pretzel Stars

Recipe: Chocolate Pretzel Stars

These Hanukkah cookies showing off the Star of David are as festive as you can get. Made with pretzels and chocolate, they're the perfect salty-sweet bite after dinner.

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Green Beans with Garlic

Green Beans with Garlic
Jim Franco; Styling: Leslie Siegel

Recipe: Green Beans with Garlic

When it comes to Hanukkah sides, we like to keep things simple and delicious. These green beans are deliciously garlicky, easy, and have just the right amount of snap.

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Cream Cheese Pastries

Brunch for a Crowd Cream Cheese Pastries
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Cream Cheese Pastries

Like cheese blintzes, Cream Cheese Pastries are cheesy, sweet treats. This recipe makes four loaves so that there's enough for each of your eager holiday guests with a sweet tooth.

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Golden Chocolate Coins

Recipe: Golden Chocolate Coins

Rather than buying gelt this year, bake up homemade Golden Chocolate Coins. Winning a batch of these from a game of dreidel is something to write home about.

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Skillet Squash Blossom

Skillet Squash Blossom Recipe
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Skillet Squash Blossom

If it weren't holiday dinner, we'd insist on taking a picture of this side dish before digging in. Leave off the bacon to make this pretty dish kosher.

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Grilled Lemon Chicken with Herb Couscous

Grilled Lemon Chicken with Herb Couscous
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Grilled Lemon Chicken with Herb Couscous

This grilled chicken shines with deep lemon, herb, honey, and Dijon-infused flavors. Served with lemony couscous with fresh mint, cucumbers, and parsley, Hanukkah dinner will be a knock-out.

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Marshmallow Dreidels

Recipe: Marshmallow Dreidels

Mama always told us not to play with our food, but this may be the exception. We turned marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and chocolate kisses into scrumptious imitation dreidels, spinning tops with Hebrew letters often toyed with during Hanukkah.

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Challah Bread Pudding

Challah Bread Pudding
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Challah Bread Pudding

Start the holiday meal with challah and top the night off with this Challah Bread Pudding for dessert. Spongy challah bread is the ideal base for this classic dessert because it so sweetly sops up tasty custard.

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Andrew's Potato Latkes

Andrew’s Potato Latkes
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell

Recipe: Andrew's Potato Latkes

A good latke is simple and straightforward. This recipe uses only six ingredients and is best served hot and crispy with apple sauce or sour cream.

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Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Adding honey to the mix is a good way to get the kids to eat their vegetables. Bonus points if the carrots are purple.

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The Best Challah Bread

Challah
Southern Living

Recipe: The Best Challah Bread

You can rely on this challah recipe—it won't disappoint. Start with activating your yeast and you'll have sweet, fluffy bread in no time. Our favorite part is braiding the dough.

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