25 Best Hanukkah Recipes
It’s that time again, the festival of lights, and our Hanukkah menu is EPIC! These 25 Best Hanukkah recipes are just my favorite. We love the classics; savory potato pancakes (latkes) and sweet pastries like Sufganiyot (or fritters!), beef brisket, noodle kugel, but we also had to shake things up and give you some things we love having at our Hanukkah celebrations, like our Gravlax and Dill Yogurt Crostini.
So grab your jelly doughnuts and the menorah and get ready for the Hanukkah celebrations, because this holiday is going to be filled with the best dishes: welcome to our 25 best Hanukkah recipes!
Matzo Ball Soup: This Matzo ball soup recipe is a traditional Jewish dish that has become a staple in my life since I was a kid. The flavor just feels like a warm hug to me! This soup is absolutely perfect for any occasion. Matzo ball soup is traditionally served on Passover at the Seder table, however, I definitely eat this year-round, and it is commonly found at other Jewish holidays throughout the year as well.
Appetizers and Sides
Crispy Potato Latkes: Every year we have to celebrate with this crispy potato latkes recipe! Traditionally, latkes are served with sour cream and applesauce. For this recipe, I’ve paired this with salmon roe and Crème Fraîche. You can top it with anything you desire as well! It’s super versatile.
Baba Ganoush: How to make this baba ganoush recipe (roasted eggplant dip!)This dip is something that I grew up eating, and this is my dad’s famous recipe. It is the perfect appetizer or side dish to have on the table. It starts off with roasted or grilled eggplant, mashed or blended together with all the spices to make one easy, and delicious spread. The taste is just unmatched!
Roasted Garlic & Herb Yogurt Dip: All about this roasted garlic and herb yogurt dip!! Say hello to this cozy/easy prep-ahead appetizer for the holidays. It starts off with roasted garlic (duh) then blended with herbs like mint, parsley, and chives, with a lil bit of lemon and skyr yogurt – which makes this dip super thick & creamy!
Spinach Artichoke Dip: This spinach artichoke dip recipe is the best appetizer side dish and appetizer EVER! Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, or even baguette slices and eat up! It’s also extremely quick and easy to make, this will go on repeat.
Caesar Deviled Eggs: This Caesar deviled eggs recipe is a unique and fun take on the classic deviled eggs! It is easy, and SO good! This recipe is inspired by Caesar salad with the base being a Caesar dressing tossed with egg yolks.
Salmon and tuna, the perfect easy, cold appetizers
Seared Ahi Tuna Cucumber Bites with Wasabi Mayo: Talk about the easiest ahi tuna appetizer ever: seared ahi tuna cucumber bites with wasabi mayo! It’s SO quick to make and looks insanely impressive. This wasabi mayo is super easy and has such amazing flavor. This is truly the most perfect ahi tuna recipe!
Gravlax and Dill Yogurt Crostini: A homemade gravlax recipe (it’s easier than you’d think!), on toasted crostini’s with a dill yogurt spread is just epic! It’s impressive to guests, but really easy to make, and assemble.
Crispy Potatoes Topped with Salmon Roe: I am truly in love with these crispy potatoes topped with salmon roe! The easiest salmon roe recipe. It comes together with a really quick creme fraiche, piped onto crispy potatoes, and topped with roe.
Snacks and more!
Radicchio and Endive Salad with Miso Dressing: This beautiful radicchio and Endive salad with miso dressing is truly unbelievable! Creamy dressing, crisp lettuce, and crunchy breadcrumbs make this so special.
Lemon Haricots Verts With Crispy Shallots: These lemon haricot Vert with crispy shallots are everything! French green beans tossed with shallots two ways. This is a wonderful side dish for any holiday dish, from the Thanksgiving table to any brunch or dinner party. Not to mention, an easy side dish for any weeknight dinner.
Little Gem Salad with Yogurt Ranch: Today is all about this little gem salad with yogurt ranch! This little gem salad recipe is absolutely everything and more. A creamy yogurt ranch tossed with crunchy little gem lettuce leaf and really quick panko breadcrumbs and some sunflower seeds. Oh and loads of shredded parmesan (obvi!).
Cheese Bourekas: Hello beautiful cheese bourekas! A three-cheese mixture (cheddar, feta, ricotta) sealed in puff pastry triangles and topped with sesame seeds. It is so easy & tastes even more delicious. My dad used to bring home both cheese & potato bourekas all the time and now I just love making them myself (he said this recipe is one of his favorite bourekas!)
All the potato recipes
Crispy Grilled Potato Salad with Horseradish Sauce: Talk about a SIDE dish. Let’s make this: crispy grilled potato salad with a horseradish sauce. A homemade paste is made and tossed over the potatoes (think garlic, rosemary, and dijon mustard), cooked on the grill, and tossed with a creamy horseradish sauce.
Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries: Fully loaded crispy parmesan sweet potato fries recipe! The easiest snack to whip up and crisp in the oven, have it as a snack or a side with a main protein dish, or eat a bunch as your main/in a salad. Epic. These are a wonderful and easy snack to make for any occasion!
Crispy Parmesan Potatoes: These crispy parmesan potatoes are something special! Basically, parmesan-crusted potatoes that are soft on the inside and crunchy outside. This recipe is the perfect side dish for any occasion!
Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes: This creme fraiche mashed potatoes recipe is absolutely the BEST mashed potatoes ever! It comes together so beautifully and I’m obsessed.
Chicken Schnitzel: This chicken schnitzel recipe is absolutely EPIC. A panko blend with fresh parsley and basil with dried herbs like oregano, garlic powder, ginger powder and paprika make this chicken super crispy. This is hands down one of my favorite dishes filled with so much flavor, and lots of crunch. This is always at every family holiday get together.
Red Wine Braised Short Ribs: I have fully entered cozy mode with this red wine braised short ribs recipe! Charred to perfection short ribs topped with green onion, carrots, parsley, and lemon zest. One of my favorite stews.
Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken: The holiday recipes are starting, and I am living for this simple; yet packed with juiciness and flavor, garlic herb roast chicken. The spice blend is simple: a mix of parsley, thyme, rosemary, garlic & lemon, and of course butter, all tossed and roasted to perfection.
Moroccan-Inspired Rack of Lamb with Turmeric Couscous: This beautiful, and delicious Moroccan-inspired rack of lamb with turmeric couscous is just so perfect, I am obsessed. This is hands down one of my favorite rack of lamb recipes. It’s a marinade made with herbs and spices, tossed over the lamb, seared, and finished in the oven – it is filled with so much flavor.
Roasted Salt and Pepper Bone-In Chicken Breast: I absolutely adore this roasted salt and pepper bone-in chicken breast. It’s filled with flavor, it’s juicy and tender from the brine and it is such a simple weeknight dinner.
Mixed Berry Cobbler: Dreamy and delicious mixed berry cobbler recipe: a la mode of course! This fruit cobbler is made with strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries all tossed with a lil’ lemon juice and zest. Then baked to perfection with a crumble streusel topping. YUM. This is one of my favorite berry cobbler recipes.
Easy Lemon Mousse: The perfect fluffy, easy lemon mousse recipe! It is custardy, super citrusy, and topped with whipped cream. Also, the perfect holiday dessert to prep ahead. The most amazing lemon flavor! (Also wonderful for the citrus season!)
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Salted Ganache: This flourless chocolate cake with salted ganache is the ultimate flourless chocolate cake recipe. It is a fudge-like, rich cake that has no flour. It’s the perfect gluten-free recipe, or great for Passover, or Easter entertaining.
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25 Best Hanukkah Recipes
- 3 medium sized russet potatoes, or 2 large grated, peeled or skin on
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 onion grated
- 1/4th cup matzo meal
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- neutral oil for frying vegetable or canola
- serve with Crème Fraîche or sour cream, salmon roe and chopped chives
- Prep your station. In a bowl, add water and ice with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Set a colander inside of the bowl. This will help the potatoes from discoloring and prevent oxidation as you're grating.
- Prep your potatoes. Clean and scrub your potatoes. Peel if you prefer! We kept the skin on. Using a box grater or a chop attachment on a food processor, grate your potatoes. Set in your colander, over the bowl of water and ice. Repeat until all your potatoes are grated.
- Repeat the same by grating your onions, and adding in the same colander over the ice bath.
- Squeeze out moisture. When everything is grated, add the mixture in a cheese cloth or towel and squeeze out all the excess moisture until it's pretty dry. This will help the latkes get crispy.
- Make your mixture. Once it's dry, add in your eggs, baking powder, matzo meal, salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands until fully coasted.
- Heat your oil. Next, heat up a cast iron with oil until hot. This is a shallow fry, so you don't need to add that much oil here.
- Fry your latkes. Fill a 1/4th cup measuring spoon with the mixture and add it in the hot oil. Then press down with a spatula/fish spatula/burger press until thin (or your desired thickness).
- Let your latkes fry on one side until crispy, about 4-5 minutes, then flip and repeat on the other side. Set aside on lined paper towels on a plate. Season with flakey salt when it's out of the heat.
- Work in batches and repeat until all your latke mixture is done. Makes about 8-10 latkes.
- Top with a spread of Crème Fraîche, then salmon roe and chives (optional). You can also serve alongside sour cream and apple sauce, which is the traditional way to eat latkes. Serve and enjoy!