Hanukkah Recipes

With eight days of celebration, there’s no shortage of opportunity to create a delicious Hanukkah meal. Matzo ball soup is a classic Hanukkah food, and will fill your house with the most amazing aroma. Though traditionally made with chicken broth, vegetarians can enjoy the soup by placing matzo balls in a vegetable-based broth. Latkes, of course, are another must-have, and while you can’t go wrong with a traditional recipe, feel free to get creative with your ingredients and toppings. For the main dish, consider brisket, which requires a bit of cooking time but is always worth the wait. It also keeps for four to five days in the refrigerator, so you can continue to enjoy the flavorful, fork-tender meat throughout the week. Sufganiyot (fried Hanukkah doughnuts) are a must for dessert, and don’t be intimidated by the frying process. We’ve got everything you need to know to pull them off perfectly, every single time.

Jelly Doughnuts

Also known as sufganiyot, these deep-fried Hanukkah sweets symbolize the miracle of the burning oil lamps in ancient Jerusalem. Think you can’t pull them off at home? Think again. The Real Simple food editors came up with a shortcut recipe using pre-made pizza dough and strawberry jelly. Be sure to let your pizza dough come to room temperature before rolling: this makes it a lot easier to work with. 

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