With eight nights to celebrate Hanukkah, there's plenty of opportunity to experiment with new recipes, entertain guests, or start new family food traditions in honor of the Festival of Lights. Whether you want to play with new latke recipes, track down the perfect gelt, need edible gift ideas, or want help on the menu front, this planner is full of recipes and tips to help your Hanukkah festivities shine.
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For many, it's just not a Hanukkah celebration without crisp, golden potato latkes. If you don't have a favorite family recipe, this one, made with grated potatoes and onions, will do the trick!
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Potato latkes may be a Hanukkah tradition, but if you plan to make them throughout the eight-day holiday, it's definitely more interesting to mix things up a bit. You'll find lots of fresh takes on traditional latkes here, from Zucchini Feta Latkes (perfect if you're playing up dairy foods in honor of the heroine Yehudit, aka Judith) to Curried Sweet Potato Latkes. There are even some vegan potato latkes featuring corn, leeks, broccoli, or cauliflower.
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Having lots of latke recipes is all very well and good, but if you don't fry food regularly, making them can be a daunting task. These tips will have you frying delicious Hanukkah latkes like a pro (and should also help you improve your general frying technique, too - perfect if you want to try your hand at sufganiot)!
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Especially popular in Israel, sufganiot are deep-fried doughnuts traditionally filled with jelly, though bakeries have gotten increasingly creative with their fillings in recent years. Of course, freshly made doughnuts are hard to beat, so why not give this recipe for yeast-raised jelly doughnuts a try?Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Sure, you could throw a Hanukkah party with nothing but latkes and sufganiot. But if you want to offer a more substantial menu, this one features crowd pleasers like brisket with mango barbecue sauce, lots of veggies, and latkes (of course!), followed by a refreshing olive oil infused lemon sorbet and cookies.
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Olive oil is central to the Hanukkah miracle, which is why fried food is so prominently featured in holiday celebrations. But there are lots of delicious - not to mention ultra-simple - ways to enjoy the golden elixir that don't require any frying at all.
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If you've got Hanukkah cookie cutters on hand, put them to good use with this cut out cookie recipe. The dough doesn't need to be chilled before rolling, so it's ideal if you're short on time, but in the mood to do some holiday baking.
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Want a Hanukkah dessert that travels well to parties, or that's sturdy and crafty enough for gifting? This Hanukkah Dreidel Surprise Loaf is just the ticket. Slice into the vanilla pound cake loaf to reveal an impressive surprise - a contrasting dreidel-shape baked right in!Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Want a Hanukkah dessert that doesn't involve deep-frying and jelly-filling yeast-raised dough? These Chocolate Gelt Thumbprint Cookies are proof that sufganiot (jelly doughtnuts) aren't the only game in town!
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Love the idea of Hanukkah doughnuts, but don't relish the time commitment a yeast-raised, deep fried dough requires? These baked cake-like doughnuts are quicker and simpler to make, and thanks to the addition of olive oil in both the batter and the topping, they still resonate as a dessert worthy of the Festival of Lights.
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Latkes you can eat with your hands and don't need to fry? Yes, please! These two-bite potato and cheese latkes are baked in mini muffin cups, so they're tender on the inside, a little crispy on the outside, and super-easy to make. They work with all sorts of creative toppings, from smoked salmon and goat cheese, to salsa and avocado. Best of all, you can eat them with your hands, so they make great party fare paired with cocktails, wine, or beer.
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Speaking of wine, it not only livens up party menus, it also makes a perfect Hanukkah gift. This roundup of affordable kosher wines offers a little something for everyone, and features varietals from around the world.