The Ultimate Hanukkah Party Menu

Delicious Dishes for the Festival of Lights

Hanukkah Potato Latkes

The Spruce

Will you be entertaining a crowd for Hanukkah this year? Think beyond latkes with these easy, delicious recipes for the ultimate dinner party menu. You'll find recipes here for traditional Hanukkah foods, including brisket, kugel, and matzo ball soup, plus a few that put a gourmet twist on the usual holiday fare. There are also plenty of make-ahead recipes that get you out of the kitchen so you can spend more time schmoozing with guests.

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    Instant Pot Matzo Ball Soup

    Instant Pot Matzo Ball Soup

    Diana Rattray

    Technology meets tradition in this genius recipe that uses the Instant Pot to make a matzo ball soup even your bubbie will approve. In just 30 minutes, the pressure cooker creates a rich broth that tastes like it simmered all day on the stove. Simmer matzo balls right in the soup to infuse them with chicken flavor.

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    Bread Machine Braided Challah

    Bread Machine Braided Challah

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    Braided challah is a must-have on your Hanukkah party table and this foolproof bread machine recipe is one you will use again and again. Serve it unadorned or sprinkle with sesame seeds for a pretty presentation.

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    Hanukkah Potato Latkes

    Hanukkah Potato Latkes

    The Spruce

    No Hanukkah menu would be complete without traditional potato latkes. This recipe uses a food processor to shred the potatoes and onions, giving your arm muscles a break, while yielding latkes with a smoother, more uniform texture than hand-grated versions. Serve with sour cream and applesauce on the side for dipping.

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    Baked Flounder With Lemon and Butter

    Baked Flounder With Lemon and Butter

    The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    Flounder is a kosher fish with a delicate texture that is easily elevated by simple seasonings. This flavorful baked flounder in a seasoned lemon-butter sauce is simple to prepare and makes an elegant entree at your holiday meal. The recipe includes tips for making a delicious garlic aioli to serve on the side.

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    Roasted Beets and Feta Cheese Salad With Sumac Dressing

    Roasted Beets and Feta Cheese Salad With Sumac Dressing

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    Combine oven-roasted beets with fresh salad greens, tangy feta cheese, and a citrusy sumac vinaigrette dressing to create a pretty, refreshing salad starter for your holiday meal.

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    Israeli Couscous

    Israeli Couscous

    Anita Schecter

    Classic Israeli couscous makes a festive holiday side dish. Combine the steamed grains with roasted chickpeas and cherry tomatoes, seasoning generously with traditional Middle Eastern spices. Decorate the finished dish with crumbled fresh feta cheese, to add tangy flavor and a salty kick.

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    Moroccan Chicken Tagine

    Moroccan Chicken Tagine

    The Spruce

    Cook tender chicken pieces with preserved lemons, olives, and onions for an impressive, flavorful Moroccan-style Hanukkah entree. Don't worry if your kitchen lacks a tagine. A regular baking dish also works—just use the tips included in the recipe.

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    Jewish Beef Brisket

    Jewish Beef Brisket

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    For many Jewish families, Hanukkah means tucking into a plateful of saucy, fork-tender beef brisket, surrounded by roasted vegetables. This brisket with onions, potatoes, carrots, and celery delivers all of the saucy, slow-cooked flavor that you crave, and should leave you with leftovers for sandwiches.

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    Spinach Matzo Lasagna

    Spinach Matzo Lasagna

    Leah Maroney

    Spinach matzo lasagna is so much like the real thing, you may have to convince guests you made it with pasta. When baked, the Jewish crackers have a soft, noodle-like texture that is a dead ringer for noodle sheets, especially when you layer them with creamy white sauce and three types of cheese. Bake the lasagna up to three days ahead and keep covered tightly in the fridge until ready to reheat.

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    Kosher Apricot Chicken

    Kosher Apricot Chicken

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    Kosher apricot chicken is so delicious, your family may demand that you make it all year-round. Season tender chicken pieces with paprika, cover them in a garlicky apricot jam and mayonnaise marinade, and place in the fridge to take on flavors all day. When guests arrive, pop the dish into the oven to bake, for a sweet, delectable main course.

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    Baked Salmon Steaks With Sour Cream and Dill

    Baked Salmon Steaks With Sour Cream and Dill

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    Bake salmon steaks with a creamy sour cream and dill topping for a healthful Hanukkah dinner, with a satisfyingly creamy taste. Serve atop a bed of vegetable-studded couscous, for a complete main dish.

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    Lemon Ricotta Noodle Kugel With Dried Cherries

    Lemon Ricotta Noodle Kugel with Dried Cherries

    Miri Rotkovitz

    Makeover the traditional noodle kugel with this gourmet-inspired variation that uses light and fluffy ricotta in place of cottage cheese. Lemons add brightness to the custard, which is studded with tart dried cherries and sweet golden raisins for fabulous color and flavor.

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    Curried Sweet Potato Latkes

    Curried sweet potato latke

    The Spruce

    Who knew that a mash-up of Jewish and Indian cultures could be so tasty? Curried sweet potato latkes are loaded with sweet and spicy flavor from curry powder and coconut milk and a fun alternative to the usual recipe. You could top these latkes with sour cream or take a cue from their Indian inspiration and serve them with cucumber-mint raita and mango chutney on the side.

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    Broccoli Kugel

    Broccoli Kugel

    Miri Rotkovitz

    Guests who are cutting carbs can enjoy this noodle- and potato-free kugel that doesn't skimp on flavor. Nutritious broccoli is the main ingredient in the baked casserole, which includes eggs, onion, mayonnaise, and whole wheat flour.

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    Roasted Carrots With Za'atar

    Roasted Carrots With Za'atar

    Anita Schecter

    Carrots take on a delicious sweetness when roasted in a hot oven, adding a depth of flavor that is unknown to the raw vegetable. Flavor roasted carrots simply with olive oil and Middle Eastern za'atar seasoning for a gorgeous side dish that pairs well with roasted chicken and baked fish dishes.

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    Rainbow Slaw

    rainbow slaw

    Miri Rotkovitz

    This crunchy and colorful Asian-style slaw has a brightness that provides a great balance for heavier Hanukkah entrees, including beef brisket. It's easy to toss together in minutes and tastes even better after chilling in the fridge for an hour or two.

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    Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts

    Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts

    The Spruce/Diana Chistruga

    Deep-fried jelly doughnuts are one of the true joys of celebrating the Festival of Lights. You will need to set aside a couple of hours for the dough to rise before rolling, cutting into rounds, and filling with preserves. Leave doughnuts for another hour to puff up some more before pan-frying and topping with powdered sugar to serve.

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    Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka

    Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka

    Miri Rotkovitz

    Bake up a tasty Hanukkah dessert that toes the line between sweet and savory, with this gorgeous herbed goat cheese and apricot babka. Slivered almonds add crunch to the topping for this babka that you can serve as an appetizer, or enjoy after the Hanukkah meal and then snack on for breakfast the following day.