29 Recipes to Serve Your Family During Hanukkah
Beef Brisket with Dried Fruit
Brisket is a traditional food served during Hanukkah, and we have lots of brisket recipes to choose from. When it comes to tender, juicy brisket, don't hurry a good thing. Let the meat cook slowly with carrots, potatoes, and dried fruit for a mix of savory and sweet, then serve with a savory red wine sauce. The brisket's layer of fat, which is left on during cooking, keeps it extra moist.
Jerusalem Noodle Kugel
Some people call it a pudding, some a casserole. We call it delicious. This yummy kugel recipe uses traditional noodles, but cracked pepper adds a savory element, while caramel makes this classic kugel sweet. Our editors top this Hanukkah side dish with fresh parsley for additional flavor.
We'll show you how to make latkes in four easy steps with this recipe. Our tip: Fry these favorite potato pancakes last so they stay extra crispy during your Hanukkah dinner. Traditional latke recipes can be made with simple ingredients like garlic, salt, and russet potatoes, but you can also try modern latkes with our Sweet Potato Currant, Beet-Carrot, and Horseradish variations.
Pears with Pistachios
These roasted pears make a perfect last-minute fruit dessert. Too tired to make a holiday dinner and dessert, or just want to save your baking skills for traditional Hanukkah desserts? That's where this Mediterranean recipe comes in. It's great for a quick and easy dessert in the middle of the week. Make enough for treats the next day, too!
Best Basic Challah
Feeding a crowd? This easy challah recipe is your answer. Our recipe makes enough fluffy slices to serve 48. Keep it classic with our basic egg-brushed bread or satisfy any sweet cravings by trying our chocolate challah and cinnamon-sugar challah. You can even make your challah shaped like a star. Now that says Happy Challah-days!
Spice- and Honey-Roasted Carrots
Save time on your Hanukkah side dishes by serving vegetables whole! This carrots are more sophisticated than a vegetable tray with dip. Flavored with cumin, hazelnuts, and honey, these roasted carrots are hard to resist. For a pretty display of color, swap regular carrots for rainbow carrots.
We can't resist this traditional Hanukkah dessert. Whether you choose fruit preserves or chocolate sufganiyot fillings, these fluffy donuts are a real holiday treat. Our editors sprinkle them with a dusting of powdered sugar, but you can also use homemade icing.
Roast Vegetable Tsimmes with Apricots
This traditional Hanukkah side dish adds a big pop of flavor (and color!) to your Hanukkah menu. Made with fresh parsnips, beets, and sweet potatoes, you can flavor the veggies with olive oil, garlic cloves, Kosher salt, pepper, and paprika. Do it better with our guide to roasting vegetables.
Fruit Salad with Goat Cheese Coins
Looking for a side salad to serve at Hanukkah? This salad combines the sweet flavor of peaches with mixed greens, shallots, almonds, and a light vinaigrette. Don't forget the goat cheese coins! Coated in bread crumbs and rosemary then baked until golden, thin goat cheese slices add the perfect amount of creaminess to the rich salad. Unfamiliar with goat cheese? Check out our cheese guide.
Beef Brisket with Roasted Grapes
Try an old favorite a new way. Wine replaces the traditional water and tomato sauce braising liquid in this delicious beef brisket recipe while grapes and herbs join the carrot and onion mixture.
Put a creative twist on classic potato latkes. This recipe adds mochi flour for a delicious, chewy texture. Serve them with lox, sour cream, cucumbers, and apple sauce for a fun holiday spread that's ready for your Hanukkah menu.
Parsleyed Green Beans
What do you get with 2 teaspoons of garlic, a pinch of salt, and a dash of pepper? A favorite Hanukkah side dish. When you make these green beans, chop the garlic with a good pinch of salt—it will soak up the garlic flavor and transfer it to the beans. A bit of parsley on top adds extra flavor to your Hanukkah menu.
We're not sure how applesauce became a go-to Hanukkah food, but we're not complaining! You can make this simple applesauce ahead of time or in your slow cooker. Serve as its own treat or use as a healthy swap for traditional baking ingredients. Fresh thyme sprigs add a touch of sophistication to the traditional side dish. And have we mentioned it's a delicious dip for latkes?
Honey-Rosemary Angel Food Cake
This Polish and Russian vegetable soup recipe is low in calories and easy to make from onions, beets, and cabbage. Adjust the amount of sugar added depending on the sweetness of the beets, or add cranberries and potatoes for flavor variations.
Whole Wheat Challah
This rich bread is formed into a festive braid and sprinkled with sesame seeds for a classic look. Use a mixture of whole wheat and all-purpose flours to keep the challah fluffy.
Update this traditional Jewish pastry with a sweet fruit filling of cherries, apricots, and walnuts. Cream cheese holds the flaky layers together.
Lemon Olive Oil Cake
Yes, you can bake with olive oil! This fresh and fruity cake will win you over instantly with its lemon-infused batter and fresh fruit topping.
Sweet Potato and Currant Latkes
Salmon with Matzo Crust
Although tied more closely to Passover, matzo can be enjoyed during Hanukkah as a crust on kosher fish. Combined with dill, crushed matzo provides a crunchy coating to the fish in this quick and easy dish.
Sweet Root Vegetable Kugel
This comforting casserole gets silky, nutty flavor from schmaltz, aka rendered chicken fat. Chopped dried prunes add a touch of sweetness.
Good Ol' Babka
Matzo Ball Soup
Bagel and Lox Pasta Salad
With smoked salmon and a warm caper dressing, this veggie-packed pasta salad is a playful riff on a brunch classic.