Favorite Hanukkah Recipe Ideas

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Food Network's best recipes for latkes, brisket, rugelach and more classic Hanukkah dishes.

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Braised Brisket with Root Vegetables

This Hanukkah main has it all: beefy, tender brisket with a rich tomato flavor, and flavorful root vegetables braised in red wine and brisket juices.

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Duff's Slightly Adapted Mamo's Potato Pancakes

Duff's cakes may be out there, but he sticks to tradition when it comes to latkes: "My great-grandmother Mamo made the best latkes in the whole world!"

Get the Recipe: Slightly Adapted Mamo's Potato Pancakes

Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce

Make your own applesauce to serve with latkes — this one gets pears into the mix, enhancing the natural sweetness in both fruits.

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Roast Chicken with Wild Rice Dressing

It's hard to say which part of this dish is best: the wild rice dressing studded with dried fruit or the chicken glazed in orange marmalade and roasted until the skin is extra golden and crispy.

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Sugar and Spice Doughnuts

It's customary to eat fried foods on Hanukkah to celebrate the oil that burned for eight days. Doughnuts are a favorite fried dessert; serve these sugar-dusted treats piping hot straight from your own kitchen.

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Chard and Caramelized Shallot Noodle Kugel

Cooking the egg custard in a water bath makes this dairy-free savory kugel creamy, soft and silky in texture, a lovely contrast to the golden brown crunchy topping.

Get the Recipe: Chard and Caramelized Shallot Noodle Kugel

Tyler Florence's Blueberry Blintzes

Tyler Florence fills crepes with a ricotta-lemon mixture and tops them with a fragrant, lush blueberry sauce bursting with the flavor of pie filling.

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Brisket with Parsnips, Leeks and Green Onions

Braising hearty and meaty beef brisket for several hours yields succulent, tender results.

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Slow Roasted Salmon with Sage and Parsley Pistou

Dress salmon in a garlic-sage oil and fragrant pink peppercorns before roasting, then serve it with emerald green pistou sauce, which adds a bright herby flavor and color.

Get the Recipe: Slow Roasted Salmon with Sage and Parsley Pistou

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Doughnuts are a delicious Hanukkah tradition. These are made with fresh apples, then rolled in cinnamon-sugar.

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Crispy Zucchini and Potato Pancakes

Give your latkes a little color by adding shredded fresh zucchini.

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Horseradish-Crusted Brisket

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with fork-tender brisket, a Jewish classic updated by Food Network Magazine.

Get the Recipe: Horseradish-Crusted Brisket With Carrots

Roasted Capon with Quinoa-Olive Stuffing

Capon is a larger, older chicken often used in Jewish cooking. This Mediterranean-flavored recipe makes a great centerpiece for a Hanukkah feast.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Capon with Quinoa-Olive Stuffing

Matzo Ball Soup

On a chilly December night, what could be better than a steaming bowl of matzo ball soup?

Get the Recipe: Sephardic Chicken Soup with Sofrito and Herbed Matzo Balls

Potato-Kasha Knishes

Had enough latkes? Try another delicious Jewish potato dish, the knish.

Get the Recipe: Potato-Kasha Knishes

Rugelach

Bring some Hanukkah spirit to the holiday cookie swap with Ina's rugelach, filled with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins.

Get the Recipe: Rugelach

Black-and-White Cookies

Try Duff's black-and-white cookies — a New York deli classic — in blue and white for Hanukkah.

Get the Recipe: Duff's Black and White Cookie

Challah Crowns

There's nothing like fresh-baked challah. Shape the loaves into these easy coils if you don't want to bother with braids.

Get the Recipe: Challah Crowns

Doughnuts and Chocolate Sauce

Stock up on store-bought doughnut holes, then make your own chocolate dipping sauce.

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Parsnip-Potato Latkes With Cinnamon Applesauce

You can fry these latkes up to six hours ahead; put them on a rack on a baking sheet and re-crisp in a 375-degree-F oven before serving.

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Sweet-and-Sour Short Ribs

Beets, carrots and sweet potatoes give succulent fall-off-the-bone short ribs a pop of color.

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Noodle Kugel

Dave's kugel is as delicious as it is dollar friendly.

Get the Recipe: Noodle Kugel

Chocolate Chip Challah Bread

You can’t beat a freshly baked loaf of challah — especially when there are chocolate chips folded into the fluffy, buttery bread. 

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip Challah Bread

Spanolatkes

It wouldn't be Hanukkah without a batch of latkes on the table, and these Greek-inspired "spanolatkes" from the Philadelphia restaurant Estia will go like hotcakes.

Get the Recipe: Spanolatkes

Chicken Liver Crostini

Hard-boiled egg, parsley and radish slices put the finishing touch on these liver-topped toasts.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Liver Crostini

Roast Chicken With Apricot Stuffing

To prepare the chicken in advance, follow paragraphs 1 and 2, then refrigerate the chicken and stuffing separately overnight. Bring to room temperature, stuff and roast the next day.

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Doughnut Holes With Strawberry

These cinnamon sugar-dusted balls of dough taste even better dipped in a strawberry and elderflower liqueur syrup.

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Challah French Toast

Ina amps up traditional French toast by using eggy challah bread and an orange and vanilla custard. Serve with real maple syrup for a holiday breakfast.

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Potato Latkes

These classic potato pancakes are super crispy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside. Serve them alongside the classic Hanukkah accompaniments of sour cream and apple sauce.

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Crispy Potato Cake

Melissa says, "When grated and fried into a potato cake, super cheap potatoes take on an impressive and fancy look that every budget-minded cook can appreciate."

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Blueberry Blintzes

Tyler spoons a ricotta and cream cheese filling into crepes, rolls them up and tops the blintzes with a lemon and blueberry sauce.

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Fried Pastries with Wine Syrup

Hanukkah celebrates all kinds of fried foods, not just latkes. These fried pastries with a hint of orange are drizzled with a fragrant cinnamon wine syrup and topped with crunchy pomegranate seeds.

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The Ultimate Braised Brisket

Tyler's recipe for brisket ensures juicy, tender meat bursting with flavor from a long braise with herbs and vegetables.

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Jelly Doughnuts

Homemade dough is fried into little balls and filled with a surprise sweetness. Use a favorite jam or jelly flavor, or make a variety for guests to choose from.

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Challah Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Raisins

"This bread pudding is heavenly and sinful at the same time. I use dense, rich challah bread that sets into a creamy soft custard. But it's the chocolate and raisins layered in between the slices of bread that really make the dish," says Dave Lieberman.

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Smoked Salmon Toasts

Bobby keeps this recipe simple: Top toasted bread with tomato, honey mustard, smoked salmon and fresh dill, and serve for a holiday brunch or as an appetizer.

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Veal Shank Paprikash

As the veal cooks, cipollini onions caramelize and lend a sweetness to the meat. Use the leftover juices from the pan to create a sauce to serve with the veal and vegetables.

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Oven-Fried Latkes

Using the oven to make crisp latkes saves a lot of calories and fat -- and hassle. You can cook a large batch quickly in a very hot oven. Egg white takes the place of a whole egg, keeping the cholesterol low, too.

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Chocolate Macaroons

Nigella Lawson's chocolate macaroon cookies are chewy, chocolatey and for 54 calories each, are a sweet treat you don't have to feel guilty about.

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Matzo Ball Soup

A homemade broth prepared with whole chicken, vegetables and herbs is the setting for delicious matzo balls.

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Buttered Egg Noodles

Toss al dente egg noodles with butter, parsley, dill and lemon juice for a simple yet splendid side dish. That's just four ingredients for a whole lot of flavor.

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New Mexicali Green Chile Cheese Kugel

Roasted chiles give this cheesy kugel a delicious Southwestern edge. And the golden brown cheesy topping studded with artichoke hearts is so irresistible you'll have to go back for seconds. 

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Kugel with Apricot Nectar

You'll want to make this kugel, topped with crunchy cornflakes and laced with apricot-sweetened cream cheese filling, a new Hanukkah tradition. Don’t be surprised when family members start requesting it on the daily. 

Get the Recipe: Kugel with Apricot Nectar

Gravlax with the Works

Earn major points with homemade gravlax. Food Network Magazine's recipe flavored with fennel, coriander and grapefruit will go fast at the brunch table. 

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