30 Traditional Hanukkah Foods to Complete Your Holiday Dinner
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these dishes.
The Festival of Lights would not be complete without delicious Hanukkah foods to keep the celebrations going (for all eight nights!). Observed on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev — Sunday, December 18th this year — the holiday recognizes the rededication of Jerusalem's Holy Temple during the second century B.C. As the story goes, the Maccabees revolted against Greek occupiers and recaptured the temple. They needed to burn a candelabra for eight days in succession in order to rededicate the temple, but they only had enough oil for one day. Miraculously, the candles stayed lit the entire time, which is why we celebrate the "Festival of Lights" today.
Traditional Hanukkah recipes use oil to commemorate that same oil that kept the lights burning, which often means fried food — and lots of it! In the spirit of the holiday, we rounded up our favorite crisp latkes and fluffy, jelly-filled sufganiyot — and because one cannot live off fried food for all eight nights — we also gathered mains like juicy roast chicken, salmon and brisket. Low on time? There are plenty of easy Hanukkah dishes — try our 3-ingredient applesauce — in addition to the more involved projects that are well worth the effort.
So brush up on your Hanukkah facts and make the most of the holiday with an abundance of snacks, Hanukkah appetizers and Hanukkah desserts. (Pro tip: You can never have too many!)
Serve up the traditional Hanukkah food — but with a twist! Baked in mini cast iron skillets, these carrot-and-potato pancakes don't require frying.
Get the Crispy Skillet Carrot Latkes recipe.
Kick off the festivities with a savory spread that features salmon two ways: poached and smoked.
Get the Salmon Rillette recipe.
Just set the brisket in your slow cooker in the a.m., and you can forget about it all day. It'll be ready to eat when it's time to light the menorah.
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Get the Slow-Cooker Brisket recipe.
Sufganiyot are a traditional Hanukkah dessert, and with a little effort, you can save a trip to the bakery. To save time, prep the dough and let it rise overnight then finish right before serving.
Get the Sufganiyot recipe.
This stunning main stars in-season produce like citrus and fennel, so you're in for the freshest flavor.
Get the Orange-Ginger Roast Chicken with Fennel and Radicchio Salad recipe.
Usually made with poppy seeds, toasted sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion and salt, everything spice blend (plus a squeeze of lemon!) provides fast flavor for flaky roasted salmon.
These crisp, light treats are delicious with post-dinner coffee.
Get the Jammy Walnut Rugelach recipe.
If you've never made classic latkes, try your hand at this easy-to-follow recipe that comes together in just 30 minutes.
Get the Easy Potato Latkes recipe.
This 3-ingredient applesauce is the perfect partner to crisp fried latkes.
Get the Applesauce recipe.
Every holiday needs a nice selection of apps. Start the party off right with a lightened up version of this classic dip.
Get the Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe.
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Melt chocolate, create circles and top with your favorite toppings (we like chopped dried fruit, nuts and sea salt) for the perfect Hanukkah dessert!
Get the Mendiant recipe.
Kugel is typically made with egg noodles, but we swapped in grated potatoes for a gluten-free version that's every bit as comforting.
Get the Potato Kugel recipe from Woman's Day.
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This bright and colorful salad makes a vibrant match for your heavier dishes.
Save space in the oven and take your roast chicken to the grill.
Get the Grilled Spatchcock Chicken recipe.
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Use a variety of veggies to add color to your go-to latke recipe. Try zucchini, beets and carrots (which are all easy to grate!).
Get the Zucchini Latkes recipe.
Get the Beet Latkes recipe.
Get the Carrot Latkes recipe.
Feast on these sweet, honey-glazed puffs of dough all eight nights.
Get the Hanukkah Honey Balls recipe.
Introducing the best chicken recipe to add to your Hanukkah dinner menu. Our method is a serious time-saver!
Get the Butterflied Chicken recipe.
This 15-minute side dish is light and fresh, complete with caramelized slivers of garlic and pungent strips of lemon zest.
Get the Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon recipe.
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Adding parsnip to the traditional shredded potato gives these latkes an earthy sweetness while matzo meal helps hold it all together. Top with lightly caramelized apples for a classy presentation.
Get the Parsnip Potato Latkes recipe.
Yes, you can make these sweet fried donuts at home! Just mix the ingredients in a bowl and drop spoonfuls into oil until crisp and golden-brown. Easy!
Get the Apple Fritters recipe.
Two ingredients combine into one healthy holiday meal (that only uses one pan to cook!).
Get the BBQ Salmon and Brussels Sprout Bake recipe.
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We boosted this recipe with scallion and ginger to give your Hanukkah spread a dash of unexpected flavor.
Get the Crispy Ginger Scallion Latkes recipe.
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These delicious rolled holiday cookies aren't nearly as difficult to make as they look. Filled with a blend of chopped pecans, apricot preserves and cream cheese, their fruity, nutty flavor will top off any Hanukkah meal.
Get the Pecan-Apricot Rugelach recipe.
Bake an extra loaf of this eggy, slightly sweet bread. Leftovers make the best French Toast.
Get the Challah Bread recipe from Delish.
Keep the filling classic with potatoes and caramelized onions or switch things up with cumin seeds or spinach... the possibilities are endless!
Get the Potato Knishes recipe from Delish.
Kids will love snacking on these dreidels made of peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels while watching the real ones spin.
Get the Peanut Butter Fudge Dreidels recipe from Woman's Day.
This sweet casserole uses egg noodles, cinnamon, sour cream and plenty of eggs and butter for a rich side dish that rounds out your Hanukkah table. Not your typical pasta recipe!
Get the Sweet Noodle Kugel recipe from Delish.
Bring the flavors of traditional Beef Bourguignon — red wine, tomatoes, and root veggies — to your holiday brisket.
Get the Beef Bourguignon Brisket recipe from Woman's Day.
No Hanukkah celebration is complete without gelt to trade as you play dreidel. Sure, you can buy some at the store, but they wouldn't be nearly as delicious (or fun to make!).
Get the Homemade Chocolate Gelt recipe from Oh! Nuts.
A twist on the classic dish of tzimmes, this blend of carrots, sweet potatoes, shallots, orange juice and prunes creates a sweet and savory side that you'll want to enjoy all year long. It's also both vegan and parve, so it suits several dietary considerations.
Get the Colorful Tzimmes recipe from Peg's Home Cooking.
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