Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, began last night, kicking off eight nights of celebration. But whether you celebrate the Jewish holiday or not, you can still get in the spirit with traditional foods. After you’ve had your filling of crisp potato latkes, try your hand at another fried delight: sufganiyot, an Israeli jelly doughnut covered in powdered sugar. To make the pillowy balls of dough, use yeast, sugar, lukewarm milk, egg yolks and any zest of your choice (try orange or lemon) in small batches. Fry them to a golden brown, then fill the cooled rounds with raspberry or strawberry jam and prepare for a holiday celebration.
For more recipes to celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah, try some of Cooking Channel’s favorites:
In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.
Merry Thought's Pecan Cheesecake Pie
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- Merry Thought’s pecan cheesecake pie is a beautiful cross between two glorious holiday desserts.
- Forget mini pies, make Chocolate and Carrots’ bite-sized pumpkin pies or “croutons” instead.
- What Jew Wanna Eat drizzles bourbon cranberry sauce over coffee braised brisket for the ultimate holiday main.
- Brussels sprouts latkes by Kitchen Tested will please everyone at this year’s extra special Thanksgivukkah celebration.
- Save some room between those creamy mashed potatoes and gravy-doused turkey leg for Domesticate Me’s kale salad with quinoa and cranberries. Festive and flavorful, it’ll make you forget the fact that it’s healthy.
Having visited the original Kutsher’s — the campy Catskills resort said to be the inspiration for Dirty Dancing, dance lessons and talent shows and all — with my grandparents as a kid, I wasn’t sure what to expect a year ago when the founders’ great-grandson opened up a swanky homage to the place in New York’s trendy TriBeCa. Turns out, the urban Kutsher’s is successfully breathing new life into Jewish classics like gefilte fish (transformed into delicate quenelles of halibut) and borscht (with the addition of roasted duck, their elevated beet soup made me a borscht believer).
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December isn’t just for Christmas. Hannukah often falls within the month as well. This eight day, eight night Jewish holiday celebrates the successful liberation of the holy temple in Jerusalem. It’s also referred to as the Festival of Lights, in part because a one-day supply of oil was able to light a menorah in the Temple for eight days.
Because of this miracle of the oil, traditional holiday foods are often fried in oil. The most commonly known dish (and most popular) is the latke. I mean, who doesn’t love potatoes fried in oil? It’s like a rosti but shaped like a pancake! I grew up eating these. Traditional latkes have grated potatoes, onions, egg and flour, but new versions are coming out, made with different root veggies, like grated zucchini, sweet potato, or squash. The list goes on and on. Latkes are traditionally served with either applesauce or sour cream. I love them both and cannot/will not choose a favorite! It all depends on my mood!
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We made Chef Julian Medina's Potato-Jalapeno Latkes at home. Even without a mandolin, they were excellent.
Food was not usually a highlight of the Hanukkah parties of my youth (it was the presents). Never the biggest fan of greasy, leaden latkes, I’d just consume several dollars’ worth of chocolate gelt, winning as many of the foil-wrapped coins as I could in games of dreidel.
Recently, Chef Julian Medina has completely transformed my idea of “Hanukkah food” with a preview of the Mexican Hanukkah menu he serves at his New York City restaurants [Toloache 50, Toloache 82, Yerba Buena and Yerba Buena Perry] throughout the eight-day Festival of Lights. Lucky for us, he’s shared a couple of his most popular Hanukkah recipes so we can all jazz up our own holiday festivities with a little Mexican flair.
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Cookies aren’t the only thing baking this time of year. It’s also the season for barks, brittle, bars, breads, and more. And all of these sweet treats conveniently make awesome homemade gifts.
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Use leftover mashed potatoes from turkey day to make Roger Mooking's potato pancakes for Hanukkah. Brilliant!
When Hanukkah falls early, as it does this year, it means Thanksgiving feasting and loading up on fried Hanukkah treats all in the same week. I’m ready. To celebrate the oil that burned for eight days, crispy potato pancakes and jelly-filled doughnuts (sufganiyot) are customary Hanukkah fare. And let’s not forget the chocolate gelt—I go for the dark chocolate coins in silver wrappers (the milk chocolates are usually gold).
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Have a hard-to-shop-for food lover in your life? We’ve polled some of our food lovin’ celeb chefs and Cooking Channel staffers for their top picks for Holiday Gifts….
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