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Hanukkah Dinner Menu Favorites

Hanukkah Dinner Menu Favorites

A Hanukkah menu full of fall and winter favorites to will arm you with classics that will do the duty of pleasing your eaters during the holiday.
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This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as Hanukkah Dinner Menu: Our Favorite Recipes on Relish


Mark Boughton

Our Hanukkah menu is full or fall and winter favorites and will arm you with plenty of classics that will do the duty of pleasing your eaters during the holiday.

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. Get the recipe here.

Sweet Potato Latkes


Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Itching to subtly mix-up tradition? Go for bright sweet potatoes latkes. They are perfectly appropriate for the fall season with winter temperatures and you can serve with traditional applesauce, or mix it up by pairing with Greek yogurt or cranberry sauce. Get the recipe here.

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Applesauce


Meredith Steele

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



Quentin Bacon

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. Get the recipe here.

Ginger Pear Noodle Kugel


Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

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. Get the recipe here.

Brisket of Beef


Mark Boughton

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. Get the recipe here.

Roasted Vegetables


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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. Get the recipe here.

Challah Bread


Quentin Bacon

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. Get the recipe here.



Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

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. Get the recipe here.

Cardamom-Scented Chanukah Cookies


Andrew Purcell

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. Get the recipe here.

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