16 Dishes To Make For Hanukkah

This year will be my first attempt at cooking a complete Hanukkah dinner since my mother-in-law passed away, and I’m filling the pressure. When she was first diagnosed with uterine cancer this past summer, we had made plans to get together so she could teach me the secret methods and ingredients to her family’s favorite Hanukkah dishes with the intention of giving her a break so she could simply enjoy the holiday. Well, as we all know, cancer waits for no one, and we were never able to sit down in the kitchen and cook. While we are obviously devastated of her loss, I’m choosing to use this opportunity to carve my own niche when it comes to Hanukkah dinner.

As I started researching recipes for Hanukkah, I quickly learned that there’s not a one-sized fits-all menu when it comes to traditional Hanukkah recipes. A co-worker of mine graciously shared with me several of his families timeless recipes, some of which were smoked salmon, fried chicken, applesauce, brisket, matzo ball soup, and even donuts!

Rather than struggling through my mother-in-law’s recipes, and sharing less than perfect recipes with you all, I have put together a roundup of blogger’s favorite (and best) Hanukkah recipes.

For The Love of Latkes

Would you believe me if I told you I had never had latkes before meeting my husband? I can still recall the first time I walked into the house for the first time and the usually nice-smelling house reeked of oil and I was questioning whether or not to fake a headache so I could go home?

 These cheese potato pancakes from  Nifty Recipe  aren't your typical latkes.

These cheese potato pancakes from Nifty Recipe aren't your typical latkes.

 This crispy potato latke recipe from  what a girl  eats is a healthier version of the traditional favorite adapted from Cooking Light. 

This crispy potato latke recipe from what a girl eats is a healthier version of the traditional favorite adapted from Cooking Light. 

 These potato pancakes from  Melanie Cooks  is a traditional take on latkes. 

These potato pancakes from Melanie Cooks is a traditional take on latkes. 

 Who knew sweet potato latkes were even a thing?! Yes, please! These latkes from  Babaganosh  are served alongside a generous serving of cumin-garlic yogurt.

Who knew sweet potato latkes were even a thing?! Yes, please! These latkes from Babaganosh are served alongside a generous serving of cumin-garlic yogurt.

 These smoked salmon latkes from  Rachel Phipps  are served with a lemon and caper sour cream. 

These smoked salmon latkes from Rachel Phipps are served with a lemon and caper sour cream. 

Challah, Challah!

I'm going to be completely transparent here: I've never had challah. I've always been curious whether or not it was a regional thing as my husband's grandmother said it was never something her family made for Hanukkah in the old country. 

 This version from  Cook with Kushi  looks so soft and perfect.

This version from Cook with Kushi looks so soft and perfect.

Crowd-Pleasing Hanukkah Main Dishes

Just as my very German family did for each holiday, she made rouladen, which of course was completely different from the version I grew up devouring. Even though we found her rouladen recipe, she knew instinctively what she was tasting for prior to assembling the tiny meat rolls (my grandmother and grandmother made their rouladen huge, like if someone was able to eat two of them we were concerned someone might explode.)

 This Instant Pot Braised Brisket from  Bacon is Magic  is reason enough to buy an Instant Pot, isn't it?

This Instant Pot Braised Brisket from Bacon is Magic is reason enough to buy an Instant Pot, isn't it?

 Slow cooker pot roast with red wine from  Sweet & Savory Meals .

Slow cooker pot roast with red wine from Sweet & Savory Meals.

 In a lot of Jewish families, brisket and Hanukkah seem to go hand in hand, and this version from  Living Sweet Moments  with a jalapeño sauce is something I need to try out.

In a lot of Jewish families, brisket and Hanukkah seem to go hand in hand, and this version from Living Sweet Moments with a jalapeño sauce is something I need to try out.

 This braised brisket stew from  Cooking on the Weekends  looks like the ultimate comfort dish to cozy up with on a cold winter night. Also be sure to check out their drool-worthy  blueberry balsamic braised brisket . 

This braised brisket stew from Cooking on the Weekends looks like the ultimate comfort dish to cozy up with on a cold winter night. Also be sure to check out their drool-worthy blueberry balsamic braised brisket

 

Hanukkah Desserts Worth Sharing

Every year, my mother-in-law made the same two desserts: a delectable nut tart and everyone's favorite chocolate tart. In fact, I've made the chocolate tart several times, following her instructions to the T, and every single time I make it, my husband says his mothers was better. 

 These Hanukkah jelly cookies from  Living Sweet Moments  are attention grabbing and adaptable. 

These Hanukkah jelly cookies from Living Sweet Moments are attention grabbing and adaptable. 

 This clever hot chocolate recipe from  Family Friends Food  uses Hanukkah gelt to make hot chocolate. Brilliant! 

This clever hot chocolate recipe from Family Friends Food uses Hanukkah gelt to make hot chocolate. Brilliant! 

 These rugelach cookies from  what a girl eats  would be perfect for Hanukkah or any other festive cookie platter. Plus they're gluten free. 

These rugelach cookies from what a girl eats would be perfect for Hanukkah or any other festive cookie platter. Plus they're gluten free. 

 This hazelnut citrus torte from  Spoonabilities  would be ideal for Hanukkah or Passover. 

This hazelnut citrus torte from Spoonabilities would be ideal for Hanukkah or Passover. 

 Both kids and adults will love these jelly filled donuts from  Foodall . 

Both kids and adults will love these jelly filled donuts from Foodall

Do you have a traditional Hanukkah dish that you look forward to every year?