Hanukkah Recipes to Try This Season

Celebrate Hanukkah with delicious foods throughout the eight-day Jewish holiday. The Festival of Lights can be a tasty celebration with a few tried and true recipes to try.

 

There are many entrees to consider that use a slow cooker or smoking grill. Prepare a hearty meal of beef brisket prepared in a slow cooker with a marinade of beer and liquid smoke. Simmer on low all day. If you’re using an outdoor smoker, eliminate the liquid smoke and baste the brisket with beer. Sprinkle with seasoning like salt and ground black pepper. A whole chicken can be prepared and cooked in a similar way with a white wine and salt brine. Place an onion in the cavity for added flavor. Serve the entrées on an earthenware or wooden serving platter. Brisket is also good leftover as a sandwich on a hoagie roll with melted cheese on top. Leftover diced chicken can be combined with celery, mayonnaise, red grapes and onion to make chicken salad. Chicken salad on croissants is a fabulous luncheon dish.

 

Fry peeled and grated potatoes mixed with grated onion, butter and egg to make potato latkes. These can be used as a side dish with a meal or as a main course at breakfast with fruit on the side. Raise a toast to breakfast and the holiday with some bubbly. Pour Prosecco or champagne in flutes with a splash of fresh-squeezed orange juice for mimosas or just add a raspberry garnish.

 

Traditional braided challah is a delicious bread to have at any meal. Flour, butter, sugar, a dash of salt and sesame seeds blend together for a homemade melt-in-your-mouth loaf of bread. A cheese board is an ideal way to serve bread at the table. We have some gorgeous trays to consider at west elm. Marble, wood, slate and antique silver make a beautiful table presentation.

 

This time of year, apples are in abundance. Try baking peeled and sliced apples with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. Use a variety of types of apples like Granny Smith with Red Delicious or Fuji to add a mixture of sweet and sour. Once the apples are soft and juicy, they are ready to eat. Put the baked apples in a serving bowl of galvanized metal, silver or white stoneware. The bowls are elegant and the apples will look festive in them. You can also add the apples as a topping on ice cream.

 

No celebration is complete without something sweet. Aside from ice cream and apples, you could bake Hanukkah star-shaped cookies to nibble on all week. The kids will especially appreciate these treats. At the last night’s feast, you could bake a scrumptious cake. Pick your favorite chocolate, vanilla, coconut or red velvet cake and top with white cream cheese icing. Decorate with edible silver stars in keeping with the celebration. Present the cake to family on a glass or white stoneware cake stand. The pedestal gives the cake height and showcases your delectable work of edible art. Once the candles are all lit on the menorah and the cake is all finished the celebration is complete.

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