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  • Hanukkah Dinner Menu: Our Favorite Recipes

  • Celebrate the Festival of Lights with our top ten Hanukkah recipes.
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  • This year, Hanukkah is falling on Thanksgiving for the first time ever. The next time these holidays will converge? Year 79,811. So, since this is your once-in-a-lifetime shot to celebrate Thanksgivukkah, we implore you to do it in style. Our following menu will arm you with plenty of Hanukkah classics that are a touch autumnal and will easily do double-duty for both holidays.

    Potato Latkes

    Potato Latkes

    Every Hanukkah spread needs it's fair share of latkes. Fried to pay homage to the miraculous oil that lasted for eight days in the temple reclaimed by Judah and the Maccabees, they are a crispy, delicious tradition.

    Sweet Potato Latkes

    Sweet Potato Latkes

    Itching to subtly mix-up tradition? Go for bright sweet potatoes latkes. They are perfectly appropriate for Thanksgiving  and you can serve with traditional applesauce, or mix it up by pairing with Greek yogurt or cranberry sauce.

    Crock Pot Butternut Squash Applesauce 

    Applesauce We love to heap generous spoonfuls of homemade applesauce atop latkes. The butternut squash in this variation adds an unexpected autumnesque and nutritional twist.

    Bourekas

    Bourekas These baked puff pastry bites, which can be stuffed with potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, or cheese, are a beautiful appetizer to serve on your Hanukkah table.

    Ginger Pear Noodle Kugel

    Ginger Pear Noodle Kugel C

    Kugel, or noodle pudding, is a traditional Jewish dish found on many holiday dinner menus. Sweet and filling, kugel doesn’t have to be pigeonholed to dinnertime—it can also be served as breakfast or enjoyed as an afternoon snack.

    Brisket of Beef

    Brisket Brisket is oftentimes the masterpiece of Hanukkah dinner—and for good reason. Our variation makes ample use of holiday-suited thyme and rosemary and the tender, juicy meat will call to mind both your mother’s and grandmother’s Hanukkah cooking.

    Roasted Vegetables

    Roasted Vegetables A medley of roasted vegetables is essential on a plate brimming with brisket and latkes. The beets, butternut squash, carrots, potatoes (and any other vegetables you want to add to the mix) will a splash of color and nutrition to your meal.

    Challah Bread

    Challah

    Whether you serve this braided bread at the beginning of your meal or tear off a piece afterwards to sop up sauce from the brisket, challah is a key component in many Jewish meals.

    Rugelach

    Rugelach

    Although typically filled with jam, walnuts, and cinnamon sugar, this sweet pastry can hold any filling you desire; try out raisins, poppy seeds, or chocolate.

    Cardamom-Scented Chanukah Cookies

    Cardamom Scented Chanukkah Cookies

    The addition of fragrant cardamom and ginger puts these cookies a step above typical sugar cookies. Decorate them with drizzled frosting, sprinkles, or chocolate and they’ll leave everyone with memories of a beautiful Hanukkah dinner.

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