The Most Delicious Hanukkah Recipes From Around the World
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The Most Delicious Hanukkah Recipes From Around the World

Colorful Tzimmes

Jewish Tzimmes dessert with carrot, raisins and dried fruits
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Another classic savory and sweet dish for your Hanukkah feast is the colorful tzimmes dish. It uses shallots, sweet potatoes, carrots, orange juice, and prunes to create this delectable delight for your feasting table.

Homemade Chocolate Gelt

Hanukkah Gelt
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While I’m all about the sea salt and caramel gelt above, this chocolate gelt is a winner, too. It’s for those looking for something a little less sweet, yet equally chocolatey and delicious to share this Hanukkah season.

Tuscany Fried Chicken

Breaded Fried Chicken on a White Plate
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Though I had no clue about this, apparently the Jewish community in Tuscany celebrates this amazing holiday with fried chicken. It’s not any old fried chicken, though. The recipe calls for cinnamon and nutmeg and lemon for the marinade. It’s absolutely amazing!


Loukoumades Donuts with Honey and Cinnamon
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It seems that every Jewish community has its own distinct fritter or donut. The Greek community is no different. Loukoumades are their honey-soaked donuts for the holiday season – and they look absolutely amazing!

Nariyal Burfi

Coconut burfi or Nariyal Barfi
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For those who love a blonde fudge, nariyal burfi from India will ring your holiday dessert bell. The sweet is made from sweetened condensed milk, nuts, and sugar, resulting in a fudge-like texture. Or, mix it up with coconut and sliced almonds. Yum!

Plantains with Avocado Dip

Tostones Puerto Rican Fried Plantains
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In Colombia, the Jewish community has been around since the end of the 18th Century. Like all people, they’ve appreciated local flavors and brought them into their own culture. For Hanukkah, one of those special delights is plantains served with avocado dip. They’re decadent and easy.

Potato Latkes

Potato latkes
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Of course, we can’t forget the straight up classics. Sometimes, you just want a good potato latke. These are easy and fast – they come together in just 30 minutes – and you can top them with anything you like, from applesauce to chopped (or baked!) cinnamon apples, or sour cream and chives, goat cheese and lemon, or some horseradish for zing.

Everything Bagel-Crusted Salmon

Mediterranean Crusted Salmon
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I would never have thought of doing this, but it seems like the perfect marriage to me for a Hanukkah feast: the Everything Bagel and salmon! Following this recipe, you’ll find a delightful dish at the end of the night, just salmon, seasonings, lemon, and fresh herbs.

Parsnip Potato Latkes With Quick Sautéed Apples

Traditional latkes fritters with sour cream and apple sauce
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For this twist on the usual potato latke, parsnips for a sweet earthy tone and sweet and sour sauteed apples for the topping. I’m eager to give these a whirl this holiday for sure!

Sweet Potato Latkes With Greek Yogurt and Smoked Salmon

Potato Latkes with salmon
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Or, if you’re looking for something super savory with a tinge of sweet, consider these sweet potato latkes made up with Greek yogurt and salmon. My tastebuds are watering just thinking about this.

Slow-Cooker Brisket

Traditional corned beef and cabbage in a slow cooker
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For an easy, delicious meal for a sit-down dinner with the fam, check out this slow-cooker brisket recipe. It just calls for onions, garlic, tomatoes, and seasoning (plus, of course, that brisket!) for a simple, easy, and absolutely delightful l dish the whole family will love.

Pecan-Apricot Rugelach

cherry rugelach
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A sweet spin on the average rugelach is this pecan-apricot rugelach. They’re not as hard as they look, filled with chopped pecans, cream cheese, and apricot preserves for a fruity, creamy delightful bite. They’re perfect for snacks or a post-dinner treat.

Peanut Butter Fudge Dreidels

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For a super Hanukkah-themed treat for the kids, whip up these chocolate peanut butter pretzel dreidels. They’re delicious and fun for the whole family – and so easy to pass out as snacks or after a meal.

Challah Bread

challah bread
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If you don’t want to mess with the classics, this challah bread recipe is so easy and delicious and works perfectly for French toast leftovers, too next day!


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I like to think of Mendiant as “medals” of chocolatey delight. They’re these beautiful little circles of chocolate, topped with sweet toppings perfect for your Hanukkah celebration. Lots of folks use chopped nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit with syrup, or even sea salt.

Crispy Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini fritters
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For those looking for an alternative to potato latkes, these crispy zucchini fritters are a great choice. They’re a little like the keftes (leek fritters) made by the Jewish community of Syrian, but made with zucchini, so they’re not quite as bold a flavor. They’re equally delicious, though, and pretty easy to make.


Tunisian pastries
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Coming from North African Jewish communities, debla is dough rolled out into the shape of a rose. This is then deep fried and dipped in sugary, sweet syrup for the perfect sweet treat for your Hanukkah feast. They’re a little time-consuming to prepare, but they are so worth the effort in the end because of the flavor and the sheer beauty of the finished product!

Frittelle di Chanukah

frittelle di riso on wooden cutting board
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Jewish families in Italy delight in these holiday sweet fritters. Fritelle di Chanukah are made with anise-flavored Sambuca, olive oil, honey, and dried fruit. And they look absolutely, utterly delicious!

S’mores Sufganiyot

Boston cream donuts with filling oozing out
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For an American variation on a Polish-Israeli treat, consider these S’mores filled donuts. They’re loaded with homemade marshmallow fluff and coated with decadent chocolate topping. Anyone with a sweet tooth is going to love these and beg for them every year!

Falafel Latkes

Vegetable patties
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If you love a Mediterranean theme for your holiday feast, you’ll want to whip up these falafel latkes – or “falatkes” as some call them. You’ll want to grab some tahini sauce and harissa for the full effect on these amazing savory treats.

Manischewitz Braised Short Ribs With Horseradish Gremolata

Braised short ribs
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Of course, not all meat at Hanukkah has to be brisket. This Manischewitz braised short ribs recipe with horseradish gremolata is a sure-fire way to draw family to the table. With salty beef broth, herbs, and tomato paste, it’s the perfect accompaniment for latkes and wine.

Chocolate Chili Rugelach

Rugelach with chocolate filling
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Here’s yet another twist on the rugelach we all love. With rich cream, cheese dough rolled up with chocolate, and a pinch of cayenne for a kick to your sweets. There’s something powerful about the combination of hot and sweet – and I think you’re going to love it.

Savory Kugel

Potato kugel gratin
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Earlier I mentioned a sweet kugel. Now, let’s get back to basics with this incredibly easy, utterly delicious traditional kugel. The cheesy, noodle-y dish is the perfect way to quickly, easily enjoy an old family favorite, even if you don’t have the family recipe.

Strawberry Challah Bread Pudding

Bread Puddings in Bowls
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Here’s another twist on challah bread I’m dying to try. This soft, sweet bread comes smothered in decadent vanilla custard and sweet strawberry sauce for the perfect finish to your Hanukkah feast. Seriously. I can’t wait to make this one for my hubby this year!


Dosa with Chutney on a Plate
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Dosas are a delicious option from India that can replace those blintzes if you’re feeling adventurous. They’re absolutely delicious, easy, and super kid-friendly, so they make for the perfect treat for family gatherings.


Crispy fried chicken skin
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My last offering for this incredible list of Hanukkah foods to try this year are these gribenes. They’re a savory, crispy morsel of fried chicken skin. Admittedly, they’re not for everyone, but if anyone loves chicken skin, they’ll love them for sure.

Your Hanukkah Feast Awaits!

The one problem with a list like this is that I don’t have enough hours in the day to try all the Hanukkah recipes this year! I highly recommend going through the list and carefully choosing two to three sweets (or, if you’ve got loads of times and plenty of mouths to feed, pick eight – one to serve each night!), a few of the savory sides, and one or two of the mains for your Hanukkah feasting.

Personally, I’m planning to make the Strawberry Challah Bread Pudding, Pecan-Apricot Rugelach, Keftes de Prasa, Bite-Sized Potato and Chard Knishes, and Fried Eggplant.