10 Hanukkah Recipes for Your Most Delicious Holiday Meal Yet
With eight days of celebrating, there's no shortage of opportunity to create a festive and delicious Hanukkah feast. Perfectly crispy latkes, of course, are mandatory. But don't forget about the opportunity to braise a deliciously tender brisket, simmer a pot of matzo ball soup, and serve up sweet sufganiyot doughnuts, honey cakes, and gelt cookies.
And while you can't go wrong with a traditional recipe, feel free to get creative with your ingredients and toppings—find our guide to modernizing your favorite Hanukkah classics here. Leftover brisket? Lucky you. Find our guide for putting that perfectly-cooked meat to work all week long here.
From start to finish, fill your holiday table with a host of traditional recipes that will leave your guests full and happy.
Red Wine Braised Brisket
Slow-cooked brisket is the ultimate minimal-effort, high-payoff main dish you can serve for Hanukkah dinner. This recipe incorporates red wine to make a savory, saucy gravy and infuse the tender meat with bold flavor. Serve your brisket with grains or roasted vegetables—think couscous, wild rice, egg noodles, or root veggies like carrots and beets—to soak up the extra sauce.
Giant Latke With Greens and Mushrooms
This massive latke will feed a party of four (or more) mouths in one. Thanks to the mustard greens and roasted shiitake mushroom topping, you'll pack some extra veggies into your meal, too. For a spicy spin, stir sriracha sauce into the sour cream and don't skimp on the black pepper.
Matzo Ball Soup
This rich and hearty soup gets a boost of flavor from chicken thighs that are simmered in the broth and then shredded from the bone. To ensure the matzo balls are cooked correctly, remove a ball from the broth and slice it in half. The color should be light throughout—if the center is darker, continue to cook 5 to 10 minutes more.
Root Vegetable Latkes
Using a combination of carrots, parsnips, and beets—plus the traditional onions and scallions—as the latke base makes the dish lighter and slightly sweeter without sacrificing anything about that crispy, piping hot patty. Plus, the gorgeous, deep orange hue makes these a fun festive twist on a Hanukkah classic.
Sweet Potato Latkes
For the crispiest latkes, remove as much of the liquid as possible from the grated potato mixture and fry in hot, but not smoking, oil. To keep them warm while making the rest of the meal, hold finished latkes on a foil-lined sheet tray in a 350-degree oven.
Classic Hanukkah Brisket
When cooked low and slow, this beef brisket stays super moist, flavorful, and fork-tender. Slice only what you plan to eat—the rest will retain its moisture when preserved whole, in its cooking liquid, for up to four days in the refrigerator. Rewarm in the liquid and slice before serving.
Gochujang Braised Brisket
Here, Gochujang—a spicy and slightly sweet Korean chili paste—kicks the flavor profile of a traditional brisket up to an entirely new level. And no, it won't overpower the dish. Not to mention the fact that the mouthwatering aroma that will permeate your house for the whole day leading up to your Hanukkah dinner can't be beat.
Sufganiyot (Fried Hanukkah Doughnuts)
These no-rise doughnuts are a perfectly indulgent treat for your holiday dinner. For best results, make the dough up to two hours ahead, but wait to fry until the last minute so they'll be piping hot. Serve with a sweet raspberry jam, caramel sauce, or hot fudge.
The kids will jump at the chance to help turn their loot of gelt into festive cookies for your dessert table. Simply roll sugar cookie dough in colored sanding sugar, press an unwrapped chocolate coin into each one, and bake. For a festive holiday favor, drop a couple of cookies into goody bags and tie with pretty baker's twine.
Leave yourself time to focus on dinner and socialize with guests by prepping dessert ahead of time. This delicious and moist honey cake can be made up to two days in advance. To keep the cake fresh, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature until ready to serve.