Must-Try Hanukkah Recipes

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Blend old and new traditions for a memorable Hanukkah feast. These classic dishes, including challah, brisket, latkes, and more, feature festive new twists to help bring family together.

Beef Brisket with Dried Fruit

When it comes to tender, juicy brisket, don't hurry a good thing. Let the meat cook slowly with carrots, potatoes, and dried fruit then serve with a savory red wine sauce. Left on during cooking, the brisket's layer of fat keeps it extra moist.


Arugula Fennel Salad

Fresh and fast, this colorful dish gets its crisp-tender crunch from shaved fennel. Sweeten the 25-minute side salad with pineapple and golden raisins.

Jerusalem Noodle Kugel

Cracked pepper adds a savory element to the caramel flavor of this update on classic kugel. Serve the Hanukkah side dish with fresh parsley.

4 Step Latkes

Fry these favorite potato pancakes last so they stay extra crispy during your Hanukkah dinner. The golden latkes can be made with simple ingredients like garlic, salt, and russet potatoes, or made modern with our Sweet Potato Currant, Beet-Carrot, and Horseradish variations.

Best Basic Challah

Feeding a crowd? This easy challah recipe is your answer as it yields enough fluffy slices to serve 48. Keep it classic with our basic egg-brushed bread or satisfy any sweet cravings with our ideas for chocolate and cinnamon-sugar challah.

Spice and Honey Roasted Carrots

Served whole and 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.


Whether you choose to fill it with fruit preserves or chocolate spread, these fluffy doughnuts are a real holiday treat. Sprinkle them with a dusting of powdered sugar or homemade icing for a divine dessert.

Roast Vegetable Tsimmes with Apricots

This traditional Hanukkah side dish is made with fresh parsnips, beets, and sweet potatoes. Olive oil, garlic cloves, Kosher salt, pepper, and paprika flavor the veggies.

Fruit Salad with Goat Cheese Coins

Combine the sweet flavor of peaches with mixed greens, shallots, almonds, and a light vinaigrette. Coated in bread crumbs and rosemary then baked until golden, thin goat cheese slices add the perfect amount of creaminess to the rich salad.

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.

Never have another overdone brisket! Our Test Kitchen expert shows you the simple fork test that ensures that your meat is tender and ready for the dinner plate.

Beef Brisket Made Easy

Never overcook your beef brisket again. Watch as we show you our secret fork test that ensures juicy, tender meat that's ready for your Hanukkah celebration.

Parsleyed Green Beans

Two teaspoons of garlic, a pinch of salt, and a dash of pepper make these green beans a hit. Chop the garlic with a good pinch of salt -- it will soak up the garlic flavor and transfer it to the beans.

Chunky Applesauce

Make this simple applesauce ahead of time or in your slow cooker. Fresh thyme sprigs add a touch of sophistication to the traditional side dish that can be paired with latkes or enjoyed alone.

Honey-Rosemary Angel Food Cake

Use a store-bought angel food cake, and this sweet treat is ready in less than 15 minutes. The fluffy whipped filling is made with mascarpone cheese, fresh rosemary, honey, and lemon juice.

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.

Cherry-Nut Rugelach

Update this traditional Jewish pastry with a sweet fruit filling of cherries, apricots, and walnuts. Cream cheese holds the flaky layers together.

Cauliflower-Curry Latkes

For a spicy version of the traditional Hanukkah pancake, add cauliflower, onion, curry, and coriander to the potato mix. Serve the latkes with homemade applesauce or a dollop of creme fraiche.

Hanukkah Cookies

Kids will love these star and dreidel cut-out cookies topped with homemade icing. The easy holiday dessert requires just 25 minutes of prep.

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