Happy Hanukkah


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Happy Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah with delicious recipes and ideas.

Your Guide to Celebrating Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Syrian-Greek army was defeated. Read on to find recipes to celebrate the beloved Jewish holiday.

10 Hanukkah Recipes for Your Celebration

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with symbolic recipes your taste buds will love, and learn more about the holiday's history.

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Beef Brisket with Roasted Vegetables

Brisket became popular in Jewish cooking because it can be cooked in accordance with kosher dietary laws and because of its historically low cost. There are many ways to cook Brisket, and most families have their own unique way of cooking the dish. This Brisket recipe can be cooked the day before a celebration, and the drippings can be used as gravy to add extra flavor to the meat.

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Serve a Side of Roasted Vegetables

Round out your Hanukkah dinner menu with a side of roasted vegetables. Watch and learn how to roast vegetables and prepare a Roasted Sweet Potato Salad side dish.

How to Roast Vegetables
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad


Latkes are crispy, fried potato pancakes that symbolize the miracle of the oil associated with Hanukkah. The key to cooking crispy latkes is to strain as much water as possible from the shredded potato mixture. This Latkes recipe is best served hot with applesauce and sour cream.

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The Miracle of the Oil

It's tradition to fry desserts and other foods in oil during Hanukkah, as it symbolizes the miracle of the oil. As the story goes, after the ancient Jewish people returned to Jerusalem after the Syrian-Greek empire was defeated, there was only enough oil to last for one day. However, the small amount of oil miraculously kept the menorah lit for eight days.

Celebrating Jewish Food and History

Beyond Matzo Balls: Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Cooking in Iowa is a collection of Kosher and Kosher-style recipes from 138 contributors. Many of the recipes in the cookbook have been passed down from generation to generation and across continents. Purchase a cookbook to discover even more Hanukkah recipes for celebrating the Festival of Lights. 


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