Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights is celebrated by members of the Jewish community during December and/or January each year and lasts for 8 days. As with most Jewish holidays and festivals, the occasion is marked with plenty of good food. Below are a few of the food options that are offered during this celebration.
Some of the traditional food options that are served during Hanukkah as appetizers include potato latkes, which are normally served with apple sauce and/or sour cream, and knishes, which are dumplings filled with beef, sauerkraut, potatoes, onions, cheese or spinach. Savory crackers can be served as well. The latkes can be made with either regular or sweet potatoes, and these can be made with cheese and vegetable-infused batter instead of potatoes as well if required.
A meat or protein-based dish is recommended as a main course for a Hanukkah meal, and the most popular options here normally consist of chicken and brisket. However, short ribs served with root veggies, chicken escarole soup, chopped chicken liver or smoked salmon frittata. The brisket can either be prepared in a crock pot or slow cooker, while the chicken is usually roasted. Various vegetables can be added such as carrots, potatoes, broccoli or green beans, and adding a side dish such as potato or noodle kugel will ensure that everyone has more than enough to eat.
This is often the most anticipated part of any Hanukkah dinner celebration, as there are many sweet treats that are enjoyed at this time. Traditional sufganiyot or jelly doughnuts, a range of sweet pies, cakes and dark chocolate, marzipan and orange-flavored Rugelach can be provided as well. If you would like to provide a larger variety of desserts, consider including dreidel sprinkle cookies, gelt (flavored chocolate coins), chocolate chip challah, and Hanukkah-themed sugar cookies will all go down well. Another delicious dessert to consider is peanut butter fudge dreidels.
When planning a traditional Hanukkah meal, it is important to remember that there may be guests who keep Kosher. It is recommended to find out beforehand, as this may have an effect on the meal options you would like to provide. If you would like to plan the best possible Hanukkah dinner for your guests but aren’t sure where to start, contact us today. We will be more than willing to assist you with each aspect of the planning process.