Deliciously Creative Hanukkah Menus
Between dietary restrictions of guests, the tricky laws of kosher, and Jewish food traditions, planning a Hanukkah feast can be confusing, if not complicated. Rather than you sifting through recipe after recipe, we compiled our favorite festive recipes for easy, manageable Hanukkah menus for this year. Share and give thanks with the flavors of seasonal bounty.
Meat-Free Hanukkah Menu
Kosher law prohibits the mixing of meat and milk in the same meal (mixing dairy and fish is considered kosher). This company-worthy feast excludes meat—ideal also for any vegetarian guests. If you don’t keep kosher, mix and match from any of the menus, or build your own with our favorite Hanukkah recipes.
Dairy-Free Hanukkah Menu
Kosher law prohibits the mixing of meat and milk in the same meal. We’ve created a holiday-worthy menu without any dairy so you can enjoy a meaty main course. While sour cream is traditionally served with latkes, you can omit it and just serve with applesauce (also traditional). If you don’t keep kosher, mix and match from any of the menus or build your own with our favorite Hanukkah recipes.
Quick and Easy Weeknight Hanukkah Menu
Hanukkah actually lasts for eight days, but you're of course not expected to throw a big celebration that many nights in a row. Even though we'd like to take off for 8 nights to celebrate the festival of lights, that just isn't the reality of the situation. Luckily, this quick menu feels special enough for the holiday, but can be enjoyed any night of the week.
Small Bites Hanukkah Menu
Who says you need to serve a full meal to celebrate Hanukkah? Small bites are perfect for large, casual gatherings—easy to pass around as you light the menorah, play dreidel, and mingle with friends and family. This menu mixes meat and dairy, so look for alternatives if you're following kosher guidelines. Try these holiday appetizers for more entertaining ideas.
If you've already got your Hanukkah menus planned out, don't forget about making sure you have plenty of latkes. Whether you're prepping for dinners at home or attending a friend or family member's Hanukkah celebration, you can't go wrong with homemade latkes. Check out our favorite latke recipes for more ideas, because it's not Hanukkah until you've treated yourself to these crispy potato fritters.