Hanukkah Recipes

These 25 Hanukkah dishes will help you celebrate the festival of light with friends and family.

Foods to Celebrate

Foods to Celebrate

Hanukkah, the weeklong festival of light, is a time for family and friends to get together, exchange gifts, gamble with the dreidel for coveted chocolate coins, and of course, eat. Here, 25 entrees, sides, and desserts to mix and match for the perfect holiday menu. Kosher law prohibits serving meat and milk in the same meal—all the options here are dairy-free or come with ideas for substitutions.

Classic Potato Latkes

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Classic Potato Latkes

Celebrating the miracle of oil that burned for 8 nights often means a menu of heavily fried foods—not exactly a healthy Hanukkah. Instead, a hot pan and a little olive oil produce golden, crispy pancakes that aren’t greasy.

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Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup

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Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup

Omit the yogurt topping if you prefer not to mix meat and milk in your Hanukkah menu.

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Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds

Photo: Johnny Autry

Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds

Cauliflower is roasted with olive oil until deep golden (it’s a tradition to eat foods cooked in oil on Hanukkah), then served with tahini and pomegranate seeds—familiar foods in Jewish cuisine.  

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Rustic Apple Tart

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Rustic Apple Tart

The beauty of this tart is how unfussy it is—purchased piecrust dough draped over a pile of golden sautéed apples. It can bake in the oven as you prepare the latkes.

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Potato-Apple Latkes

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Potato-Apple Latkes

Shredded apple in the pancake adds moisture and a traditional apple flavor (latkes are typically served with applesauce).

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Easy Braised Brisket

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Easy Braised Brisket

Forget your aunt’s boiled shoe leather brisket, this brisket is simmered until meltingly tender in tomatoes and kalamata olives. With only 5 ingredients, it’ll be a go-to Hanukkah favorite.

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Braised Short Ribs with Noodles

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Braised Short Ribs with Egg Noodles

Tender beef short ribs are served over wide egg noodles to sop up that delicious sauce.

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Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens

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Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens

A slow braise in your slow cooker keeps the pot roast tender and juicy—a star dish for the first night of Hanukkah.

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Baked Chocolate Mousse

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Baked Chocolate Mousse

This baked mousse folds non-dairy whipped topping into the batter, so you can pair with any meat entrée for a kosher menu.

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Upside Down Fudge-Almond Tart

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Upside-Down Fudge-Almond Tart

Delight your guests with a decadent, chocolaty tart. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for the rest of Hanukkah (if they last that long). 

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Coconut Cardamom Macaroons

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Coconut Cardamom Macaroons

After candle lighting, presents, and games, a small, sweet bite is the perfect finish to your Hanukkah meal.

View Recipe: Coconut Cardamom Macaroons

Curried Butternut Squash Latkes

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Curried Butternut Squash Latkes

Classic potato latkes get golden color from butternut squash. A crisp apple salsa adds freshness and heat.

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Pear Applesauce

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Pear Applesauce

Applesauce is a classic accompaniment to latkes. Pulse cooled applesauce in a food processor for a smoother texture, if you like. 

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Butternut Squash Leek Soup

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Butternut Squash Leek Soup

Start off your Hanukkah meal with a luscious butternut squash soup.

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Root Vegetable Latkes with Beet Puree

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Root Vegetable Latkes with Beet Puree

A puree of beets and fresh apples makes a lovely garnet-colored sauce for the latkes.

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Green Beans with Shallots and Hazelnuts Recipe

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Green Beans with Shallots and Hazelnuts

This quick, elegant side pairs well with latkes or any main dish.

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Apple-Parsnip Soup Recipes

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Apple-Parsnip Soup

Create an apple-themed menu with this silky soup (flavored with fresh apples and apple cider), potato-apple latkes, a simple salad, and a rustic apple tart for dessert.

View Recipe: Apple-Parsnip Soup

Potato-Scallion Latkes

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Potato-Scallion Latkes

Green onions have less bite than regular onions and add color to these latkes. Egg whites keep the pancakes light and crispy.

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Double-Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

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Double-Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Simple roast chicken is an easy, crowd-pleasing holiday entrée, served here with fresh herbs and potatoes that absorb juices from the chicken as they roast. Pair with crisp-tender green beans and a root vegetable soup.

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Parsnip-Potato Latkes with Horseradish Cream

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Parsnip-Potato Latkes with Horseradish Cream

The bite of horseradish in the sour cream is a perfect contrast for the sweet carrot and parsnip in this latke variation, but skip it if you prefer a strictly kosher menu that doesn’t mix meat and milk.

View Recipe: Parsnip-Potato Latkes with Horseradish Cream

Chicken with Olives and Lemons Recipe

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons

This Mediterranean-inspired dish is ready in under an hour. Pair with latkes and a simple Greek salad for a light, beautiful Hanukkah menu.

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Spicy Maple Turkey Breast with Quick Pan Sauce

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Spicy Maple Turkey Breast with Quick Pan Sauce

A simple, beautiful turkey entrée will pair well with any dish on your Hanukkah menu.

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Winter Salad with Roasted Beets and Citrus Reduction Dressing

Winter Salad with Roasted Beets and Citrus Reduction Dressing

Start your Hanukkah celebration with a crisp Boston lettuce salad and earthy roasted beets. Omit the goat cheese if you prefer not to mix meat and milk on your menu.

View Recipe: Winter Salad with Roasted Beets and Citrus Reduction Dressing  

Winter Citrus, Escarole, and Endive Salad

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Winter Citrus, Escarole, and Endive Salad

A bright, colorful salad will star on your Hanukkah table.

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Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Golden Raisins

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Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Golden Raisins

Sautéing the broccoli rabe mellows the bitterness, and sweet golden raisins add a pop of color. You can also add toasted pine nuts or pecans.

View Recipe: Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Golden Raisins

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