35+ Best Hanukkah Recipes (2024)

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The best Hanukkah recipes are decadent. It’s a holiday all about celebrating the miracle of oil, after all.

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Hanukkah is all about surviving against the odds, and what better way to celebrate that than to feast on latkes with sour cream and applesauce, rich chopped liver, your grandmother’s famous brisket, and fluffy, sweet, jelly-filled donuts?

What is Hanukkah all about anyway?

Hanukkah is also called The festival of Lights. It’s when Jews celebrate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees triumphed over a tyrant king who forced them to worship Greek gods.

The Maccabees, a small but mighty rebel army, came along to defeat the king and regain religious freedom for the Jews.

When the Jews returned to the temple to rebuild it, there was only enough lamp oil to burn for one day. But by a miracle, that oil burned for 8 days, until they could replenish their oil supply.

That’s why we celebrate Hanukkah by lighting candles for 8 nights. Because the oil was the star of the miracle, we also celebrate it by eating foods fried in oil.

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What are traditional Hanukkah foods?

Remember, we’re celebrating the heck out of that oil, so a Hanukkah meal doesn’t shy away from including all the fried foods.

The most common Hanukkah recipes are latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (Israeli jelly donuts).

But you can’t make a meal of just potato pancakes and donuts (okay, well, of course you CAN, but should you?). So most Hanukkah menus also include things like brisket, salad, challah, roasted vegetables, and other not-fried foods.

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More Jewish holiday recipes you’ll love

  • Honey Cake
  • Honey Cookies
  • Lemon Coconut Macaroons
  • Jewish Beef Brisket
  • Meat-Filled Borekas or Pastelicos
  • Passover Orange Sponge Cake
  • Passover Potato, Tomato, and Olive Stew
  • Hamentashen
  • Kreplach with Beef Filling
  • Sufganiyot or Jelly Donuts for Hanukkah
  • Potato Latkes for Hanukkah
  • Classic Chopped Liver
  • Vegetarian Chopped Liver
  • Check out all of my Jewish Recipes!

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Potato Latkes

Robin Donovan

These classic latkes are easy to make for a crowd. You can jazz up the recipe by adding thinly sliced scallions or substituting sweet potatoes, parsnips, or apples for some (or all) of the potatoes. This recipe serves about 4 people and is easily doubled or tripled.

4.54 from 15 votes

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Additional Time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr

Course Appetizer Recipes

Cuisine Jewish

Servings 16 potato latkes

Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds large thin-skinned potatoes like Yukon gold or peeled russet potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Applesauce or sour cream for serving

Instructions

  • Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan and just cover with cold water. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Once the water boils, cook for 6 to 7 minutes (less if the potatoes are small) until the potatoes are just barely tender but not soft.

  • Drain the potatoes, cover with cold water. Drain again, cover with cold water again and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let them sit in a colander until ready to proceed with the recipe (the longer the better).

  • Using the large holes on a box grater, grate the potatoes (you can leave the skins on, discarding any pieces that come off in large sheets). Grate the onion on the same holes.

  • In a large bowl, combine the grated potatoes and onion with the eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper.

  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Form the potato mixture into patties about ¾ inch thick and 3 inches across and arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheet (use additional baking sheets if necessary). Chill the patties for at least 30 minutes, or until ready to cook, as long as 24 hours. If chilling for more than 30 minutes, cover with plastic wrap.

  • Heat about 2 inches of oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. When the oil is very hot, add several of the patties, being careful not to crowd the pan. Cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes, flip and then cook until browned on the second side, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  • Transfer the cooked patties to a paper towel-lined platter and serve immediately. If you’re cooking a large amount, place the cooked
    patties on a baking sheet and keep them warm in a 250ºF oven.

Notes

You can make a gluten-free version by substituting potato starch or gluten-free brown rice flour for the flour.

Nutrition

Serving: 4Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 1000mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7g

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