The New York Times recently published a beautiful slideshow of delicious-looking Hanukkah foods and their accompanying recipes. As the holiday approaches, here's a round-up of some of our other favorite Hanukkah treats, from latkes (potato pancakes) to sufganiyot (donuts) and beyond.
- Traditional Potato Pancakes: Latkes are traditionally served for Hanukkah because they are cooked in oil (to commemorate the vial of oil lasting for 8 days). Chef Tina Wasserman shares her recipe for traditional latkes made with thin-skinned potatoes and matzo meal.
- Vegan Latkes: Vegan chef Lisa Dawn Angerame says the key to these potato pancakes is to make them ahead of time, freeze them, and then put them in the oven frozen.
- Vegan Sweet Potato Latkes: This colorful variation on traditional Hanukkah latkes is made with flax, sunflower oil, and brown rice.
- Sweet Potato and Carrot Latkes: To honor the Jewish presence in Ethiopia since the time of King Solomon, Chef Tina Wasserman spices these gluten-free latkes with the ubiquitous flavors of Ethiopian cuisine.
- Chocolate Truffle "Gelt": These chocolate morsels are as rich as any to be found in Europe, then or now. Although these filled truffles cannot be flattened like a coin, they can be individually wrapped in malleable gold foil to evoke the image of metallic coins.
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes: In deference to the heroine Judith, who saved the Jews from annihilation by feeding salty cheese and wine to General Holofernes, getting him drunk enough so she could behead him and scare off his troops, Chef Tina Wasserman created this updated version of classic kaese latkes.
- Moroccan Sweet Couscous With Dried Fruits: This traditional Moroccan Hanukkah dish is great for autumn holidays, too, because it includes an assortment of dried fruits and any number of tasty mix-ins and garnishes, including cinnamon, Medjool dates, pomegranate seeds, or apricot slivers.
- Hanukkah Radish Salad: Following in the Maccabean folkloric tradition, this radish salad makes for a delicious and uncommon holiday appetizer.
- Frituras de Malanga: Malanga, or taro root, has a very mild flavor and is light and crisp when fried. Why not try Cuban fritters this year for Hanukkah?
- Sweet Potato Spiced Sufganiyot: These gluten-free donuts are very easy to make and using sweet potato not only adds great flavor, but replenishes some of the fiber that's lost when using gluten-free flour.
What's your favorite Hanukkah recipe? Submit yours now and it may appear in our next holiday recipe roundup!