9 Hanukkah Recipes for Your Most Delicious Holiday Meal Yet

Light up your dinner spread with these one of these show-stoppers.



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 sufganiyot doughnuts, honey cakes, and more sweet treats.

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.

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Red Wine Braised Brisket

Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner

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.

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Sweet Potato Latkes With Brie Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

Sweet Potato Latkes with Brie
Heath Goldman

These slightly sweet latkes are paired with salty, creamy Brie and acidic balsamic vinegar. Let the Brie sit out of the refrigerator while you make the latkes so it’s flavorful and runny by the time you’re ready to eat.

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Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup
Emily Kinni

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.

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Root Vegetable Latkes

Jen Causey

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.

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Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes
Emily Kinni

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.

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Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket With Potatoes and Carrots

Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket With Potatoes and Carrots
Sang An

Brisket does best when it’s cooked low and slow. In this recipe, the meat simmers all day in a combination of tomato paste, coffee, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. It’s also cooked alongside onion, potatoes, and carrots, yielding a full meal that requires some time, but little effort to make.

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Gochujang Braised Brisket

Gochujang Braised Brisket
Greg DuPree

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.

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Sufganiyot (Fried Hanukkah Doughnuts)

Sufganiyot (Fried Hanukkah Doughnuts)
Emily Kinni

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.

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Honey Cake

Honey Cake
Emily Kinni

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.

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