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