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20 Must-Make Hanukkah Recipes The Whole Family Will Love

Please even the picky little ones at your table this year!

Hanukkah, also known as the Jewish festival of lights, commemorates the Judah the Maccabee’s reclamation of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Greeks. What does that mean for 21st-century celebrators? Lots, and we mean lots, of food. From crispy latkes with a juicy pear compote to tender beef brisket to rose jam sufganiyot, these Hanukkah recipes will please even the pickiest eaters this holiday season.

After unwrapping gifts and lighting the menorah, try your hand at these delicious recipes. Many of these festive dishes boast a unique twist on your traditional Hanukkah fare for a truly elegant and memorable feast. L’Chaim!


Rose Jam Sufganiyot With Vanilla Glaze and Pistachios

Rose jam sufganiyot with vanilla glaze and pistachios Courtesy of My Name is Yeh

This decadent dessert recipe transforms your average jelly donut with a gourmet twist: rose jam. Before getting dunked in the fryer, the buttery dough is spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, and orange zest and finally topped off with crunchy pistachios for the ultimate addition in taste and texture.

Get the recipe from My Name is Yeh.


Pressure Cooker Beef Brisket

Pressure cooker beef brisket Courtesy of Simply Recipes

As a Jewish dinner staple, your guests will expect the most tender beef brisket, and this juicy, fall-off-the-bone recipe will not disappoint. The best part? You can save leftovers and pile it high on seeded rye or toasted ciabatta for a scrumptious sandwich the next day.

Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.


Pistachio and Olive Oil Basbousa

Pistachio and olive oil basbousa Courtesy of My Name is Yeh

This Middle Eastern semolina cake is similar to cornbread in its texture. Its adorned with roasted pistachios, coconut, and olive oil for a robustly flavorful dessert you’ll love.

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Get the recipe from My Name is Yeh.


Honey Whole Wheat Challah

Honey whole wheat challah Courtesy of My Name is Yeh

Swap your regular dinner rolls with this honey whole wheat challah bread. These upgraded bread rolls are scented with fragrant cardamom, which deems them versatile enough to add to your dinner table as well as whip up into French toast the next morning.

Get the recipe from My Name is Yeh.


Brussels Sprout Latkes With Dijon Yogurt Sauce

Brussels sprout latkes with dijon yogurt sauce Courtesy of Live Eat Learn

This delicious recipe healthifies your tried-and-true latkes with a dose of fiber-filled Brussels sprouts. And you won’t even be able to tell the difference with this green addition. As expected, the latkes boast a fluffy interior and crunchy exterior that’s complemented by a creamy dijon yogurt sauce.

Get the recipe from Live EAT Learn.


Simple Homemade Applesauce

Apple sauce Courtesy of Zenbelly Recipes for Real Life

Whether you’re planning on dipping latkes into it or spooning into some sauce for dessert, you’ll need this applesauce recipe on your Hanukkah table. It’s spiced with fresh cinnamon sticks for a dip that sets itself apart from the store-bought stuff.

Get the recipe from Zenbelly Recipes For Real Life.


Roasted Cauliflower With Garlic, Lemon, and Coriander

Roasted cauliflower with garlic lemon and coriander Courtesy of Feasting at Home

Get some veggies on your plate by tossing low-carb cauliflower with aromatic garlic, lemon, and coriander. This bright veggie dish is adorned with Italian parsley for a pop of color and freshness.

Get the recipe from Feasting At Home.


Rosemary Garlic Beef Roast With Wild Mushrooms

Rosemary garlic beef roast with wild mushrooms Courtesy of Feasting at Home

For a truly impressive table centerpiece, cook up this rosemary- and caramelized-garlic-infused roast. Opt for a juicy cut like beef tenderloin, tri-tip loin, or a boneless ribeye roast. Sear the roast in a cast iron skillet to extract the flavors, and once done, pair with a full-bodied red wine for an unforgettable holiday dinner.

Get the recipe from Feasting At Home.


Soul-Warming French Onion Pot Roast

Soul warming french onion pot roast Courtesy of Little Spice Jar

Tender chuck roast meets Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar in this comforting meaty dish. The key here is to slice the onions super thin so that they’re cooked down and caramelize into a scrumptiously sweet side.

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Twice Baked Potato Casserole (Potatoes Ramanoff)

Twice baked potato casserole (potatoes romanoff) Courtesy of Little Spice Jar

Swap your baked potato side with this hearty casserole. It’s jam-packed with warming ingredients such as minced shallots, chives, and sharp cheddar.

Get the recipe from Little Spice Jar.


Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms With Walnuts

Roasted green beans & mushrooms with walnuts Courtesy of Oh My Veggies

Your holiday table is incomplete without a good green bean dish. The mushrooms add heartiness and umami flavor, while the walnuts lend the veggies healthy fats and crunch.

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.


Matzo Brei

Matzo brei Courtesy of Simply Recipes

While matzo is usually eaten on Passover as a bread replacement, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t include a hearty matzo brei on your Hanukkah table. This one’s crafted with matzo, eggs, and savory toppings such as onion, chives, and parsley, but it also offers a sweet alternative made with orange flower water. Mmm!

Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.


Nutella Rugelach

Nutella rugelach for hanukkah Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

Soft, flaky pastry dough filled with creamy Nutella? Yes, please! This hazelnut and cocoa-layered rugalech (which actually means “little twist” in Yiddish) will be the cherry on top your Hanukkah dinner.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.


Potato Latkes

Potato latkes Courtesy of Simply Recipes

What’s Hanukkah without a plate of oil-slicked latkes? These crispy potato cakes will pair well with literally anything on your holiday menu. Latkes require minimal ingredients and prep on your part—the fried spuds speak for themselves.

Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.


Homemade Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo ball soup Courtesy of Simply Recipes

Matzo ball soup is all about fluffy, filling matzo balls that float to the top rather than sink to the bottom. This recipe calls for chicken fat, eggs, and chicken broth to achieve just that.

Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.


Pizza Bourekas

Pizza bourekas Courtesy of My Name is Yeh

Bourekas, which is a savory Mediterranean dish made of phyllo dough, was my favorite breakfast growing up. It’s usually stuffed with Bulgarian cheese, but you can also fill it with potatoes, spinach, or mushrooms. This bright recipe opts for pizza staples including mozzarella, ricotta, oregano, and red sauce. Serve this as a cheesy appetizer and warm up leftovers to enjoy the next morning.

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Zucchini Latkes With Maple Cranberry Sauce

Zucchini latkes with maple cranberry sauce Courtesy of The View From Great Island

Upgrade your traditional potato pancakes with low-carb zucchini. This side dish is infused with a delicious maple cranberry sauce that pleases every palate and serves as a fun twist on the usual apple sauce.

Get the recipe from The View From Great Island.


Dilled Matzo Ball Soup

Dilled matzo ball soup Courtesy of The View From Great Island

Although traditionally eaten on Passover, we welcome matzo ball soup on every holiday dinner table. This easy recipe is spiked with invigorating dill, rendering a restaurant-level appetizer that won’t fill you up too much before you fork into some brisket.

Get the recipe from The View From Great Island.


Garlic Lovers’ Salmon In Foil

Garlic lovers salmon in foil Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Salmon is versatile enough to be paired with any side you decide to whip up—from the crispy latkes to stringy green beans. This omega-3-packed fillet is spiced with garlic, butter, and white wine.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.


Crispy Potato Latkes With Spiced Pear Compote

Crispy latkes with spiced pear compote Courtesy of Love an Olive Oil

Who knew potato pairs so well with pears? The warmly spiced pear compote adds a subtle sweetness to the savory latkes.

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

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