13 Traditional Recipes to Make for Hanukkah


We’ve been waiting all year for Hanukkah, it’s time to enjoy it! Here are 13 traditional Hanukkah recipes that will help you celebrate the Festival of Lights. Your whole family will love these classic latke, challah, kugel and brisket recipes for eight tasty nights.

Abby's Challah “This is one of the best challah breads we've ever...

Abby's Challah

“This is one of the best challah breads we've ever tried. It's moist and soft in the center with the perfect crust. The dough has great elasticity and was easy to work with. It's a bit of a labor of love to make this, but the results are fantastic. The braiding in this recipe is unusual and creates a beautifully impressive bread.” - Kitchen Crew

Traditional Hard Matzo Ball Soup “There is a real richness to this...

Traditional Hard Matzo Ball Soup

“There is a real richness to this matzo ball soup thanks to the homemade chicken broth. We loved the texture of the matzo balls. Make sure to get a bit of chicken, some noodles, and matzo ball onto your spoon... it's a heavenly bite. If the noodles absorb a lot of the broth, add a little extra store-bought chicken broth and taste for seasoning. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, and taste for salt and pepper. This is a comforting soup that'll cure anything that ails you.” - Kitchen Crew

Penny's Latkes (Potato Pancakes) “The latkes fry to a perfect golden brown....

Penny's Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

“The latkes fry to a perfect golden brown. They're crisp on the outside with a warm and soft center. Onions add a mild flavor that pairs well with the potatoes. We tried ours with sour cream and applesauce and enjoyed the sweet and savory flavor of both.” - Kitchen Crew

Sweet Kugel “This kugel is a must on our holiday table. It's...

Sweet Kugel

“This kugel is a must on our holiday table. It's my most requested recipe. There are approximate measurements for the nutmeg and cinnamon. I just sprinkle a light dusting on the top of the noodles prior to mixing it all together.” - Pauline

Smoky Beef Brisket That People Love “Once you cook an Amarillo style...

Smoky Beef Brisket That People Love

“Once you cook an Amarillo style oven brisket, you'll be hooked. It's fork tender with a big smokey flavor (Liquid Smoke does the trick). Worcestershire and a 3-salt rub add even more complexity to the meat. Serve with red and white BBQ sauces at your next party and watch guests RAVE!” - Jamie

Apricot-Pecan Rugelach “These little swirly cookies are so rich and delicious. You...

Apricot-Pecan Rugelach

“These little swirly cookies are so rich and delicious. You can mix and match whatever filling you want: instead of pecans, you can use slivered almonds, walnuts or, my favorite, hazelnuts. You can use raspberry or strawberry jam instead of apricot, and you can use dried cherries or blueberries instead of raisins.” - Jordan

Quinoa and Potato Latkes “Very good. The combination of quinoa and potato...

Quinoa and Potato Latkes

“Very good. The combination of quinoa and potato is such a wonderful idea. I thoroughly enjoyed these.” - Lynnie

Super Spinach and Onion Kugel “Kugel came out of the oven. It...

Super Spinach and Onion Kugel

“Kugel came out of the oven. It as delicious. In three days I made it twice. This is a keeper.” - Marsha

Jewish Holiday Brisket for Sandwiches or Sliders “I am sitting here trying...

Jewish Holiday Brisket for Sandwiches or Sliders

“I am sitting here trying hard not to yank this out of the oven too early...the smell is just amazing. The title said it is for sandwiches or sliders, but it looks and smells like pot roast! One of us is eating it with mashed potatoes, the other is eating it as a sandwich with potato salad. It is now out of the oven and in our mouths...it is wonderful both ways. I highly recommend this wonderful recipe!” - Lynette

Potato Kugel “This is an excellent potato kugel recipe. It's filled with...

Potato Kugel

“This is an excellent potato kugel recipe. It's filled with deliciously creamy potatoes and caramelized shallots. Using the shallot oil really amps up the onion flavor. The edges of the kugel crisp almost like it's fried. Sprinkle with a little salt when it's hot out of the oven and this potato kugel is an awesome side dish.” - Kitchen Crew

Polish Cheese Babka Bread “With all the holiday hustle & bustle last...

Polish Cheese Babka Bread

“With all the holiday hustle & bustle last year, I never did come and let you know what a hit this was at our New Year's Eve bash. I just happened to remember right now when I pinched your newest creation. Five stars? Oh yes! All who had some would agree and give it more than that. I've had some request the recipe since then.” - Renee

Sweet Potato Latkes (Sweet Potato Pancakes) “Yum! I'm a fan of potato...

Sweet Potato Latkes (Sweet Potato Pancakes)

“Yum! I'm a fan of potato pancakes and love how sweet potatoes are used in this recipe. These are savory and super easy to make. A great holiday side dish!” - Kitchen Crew

Savory Spinach Carrot Mushroom Kugel or Appetizer “This is my own version...

Savory Spinach Carrot Mushroom Kugel or Appetizer

“This is my own version of a savory kugel I tweaked somewhat over the years. I knew the texture would be perfect, too, as an appetizer if I added enough of the crumbs to form balls and bake on a cookie sheet or stuff into slightly sauteed mushrooms and baked until slightly browned. They always get eaten within the first 10 minutes of guests' arrival. You can make more of less depending on the size of the balls and number of mushrooms.” - Helaine




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