Hanukkah Dinner Recipes That the Whole Family Will Love
Here you'll find all of the essential Hanukkah recipes, whether you're sticking to tradition or branching out into more modern interpretations of the classics. Start the meal off with crowd-pleasing appetizers that draw on favorites such as smoked salmon and chicken liver pate or mousse; and try your hand at making challah (baking it from scratch is totally worth it) or matzo ball soup (which you just may find yourself making all winter long).
For meaty main courses, our recipes fall into two subcategories: brisket and short ribs. Both are rich and comforting, with plenty of tasty sauce. Our incredible, rich Wine-Braised Brisket, shown here, is a crowd-pleasing option. There's also a brisket with carrots, garlic, and parsnips, a classic dish that's sweet and sour, thanks to chili sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar. Yet another brisket recipe calls for Meyer lemons and pomegranate seeds to lend a bright and tart note. Our short ribs recipes incorporate many of the same ingredients, such as pomegranates and root vegetables. The combination of fatty meats with sweet fruits and vegetables is a tried and true winner!
Sides include applesauce and roasted apples, as well as a trio of wonderful kugel recipes. Of course, latkes play a starring role in any Hanukkah dinner, and we offer two versions in this gallery: a classic that calls for potatoes, onions, eggs, and potato starch and an inventive twist that uses matzo, cottage cheese, onion, and egg to form cakes that you then fry.
Rooted in tradition, these dishes will make your celebration meaningful (and delicious!).
Smoked Salmon Dip with Bagel Chips
We've taken all of our favorite bagel toppings and packed them into one sensational dip. We're talking cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion, and capers, plus horseradish for kick.
These crisp, savory cakes make perfect beds for smoked salmon.
Try a chunky applesauce to accompany your homemade latkes. Using both McIntosh and Granny Smith apples will ensure the right texture—the McIntoshes soften into a purée, while the Grannies stay chunky.
Potato pancakes make for festive starters at any party. Serve them with toppers like crème fraîche, trout roe, smoked trout, and lingonberry jam.
Braised Brisket with Carrots, Garlic, and Parsnips
A classic for the ages! The best part? The brisket can be cooked a day in advance.
Pomegranate-Braised Short Ribs
Red wine and pomegranate juice give these tender braised short ribs incredible depth of flavor, while pomegranate seeds add the perfect pop of color.
Making this traditional bread from scratch is totally worth it! Just 50 minutes of prep, and you're rewarded with a bakery-worthy loaf.
Matzo-Ball Soup with Leeks
The ultimate comfort food whether it's Hanukkah or not. These tried-and-true matzo balls get their fluffiness from seltzer and baking powder and their rich flavor from chicken fat (schmaltz to those in the know!).
Fennel and Smoked Salmon Salad
A simple dressing of lemon juice and zest and olive oil is all fresh fennel and smoked salmon need to shine in this 10-minute salad recipe.
Chicken-Liver Mousse with Raspberry Jelly
Potato Kugel Gratin
Make potato gratin dairy-free by swapping the usual cream for chicken broth. A golden-brown matzo-meal crust is the perfect finishing touch.
Meyer Lemon Brisket with Pomegranate Gremolata
We've amped up gremolata, an Italian condiment made of fresh parsley, garlic, and lemon, with jewel-like pomegranate seeds. It cuts the richness of braised brisket beautifully.
Short Ribs with Root Vegetables
This dish is inspired by traditional recipes that use flanken, a cut of beef from the chuck end of short ribs. In Jewish custom, the meat is boiled and served with horseradish. Our version uses braised boneless ribs and pairs them with earthy vegetables.
Chicken Liver Pate
Get your Hanukkah party started with this easy, elegant pâté and golden toasts.
These individual kugels are baked in a muffin pan. Cottage cheese and sour cream give them rich flavor while a touch of orange marmalade and the addition of currants takes them into sweet territory
Kumquat-Braised Short Ribs
For an applesauce alternative, toss apple wedges with sugar and cinnamon and roast until tender.