For those who celebrate, Hanukkah is a special time for many generations of family to gather around the dinner table together. To inspire those of you who are Jewish & non-Jewish alike, we’ve gathered some of our favorite recipes to create a suggested Hanukkah menu. You’ll see that it includes many traditional dishes and a couple with a new twist. We hope that you enjoy these recipe suggestions, and that you’ll add a few new dishes to your family’s holiday traditions.
What you should do now: As you peruse the menu below, click on the recipes you want to cook then add them to your gatheredtable recipe library. Then, when you edit your menu for the coming holiday weeks, just add the recipes to your menu – your grocery list will be automatically created based on the recipes on your menu. And if you’d like to save a trip to the grocery store, you can go ahead & place an order for delivery from Peapod.
1. Barb’s Brisket – inspired by Barbara Schwartz (gatheredtable customer)
We love using a combination of 3/4 cup beef broth and 3/4 cup red wine in step 5 for a little something extra. This brisket is a great option to make well ahead of time – after slicing the brisket, put the meat back in the gravy and freeze. When you’re ready to serve just put it in the oven at 250° and let it defrost for a couple of hours, until warm.
Appetizers & Side Dishes
2. Apple & Parsnip Soup – adapted from Bon Appetit
This can easily be made 1 day ahead. Just cover and chill. Then rewarm over medium heat before serving.
3. Honey Apple Challah – from Smitten Kitchen
Also perfect for Rosh Hashanah to celebrate the new year! Use coarse salt or pearl sugar for sprinkling!
4. Even Better Potto Latkes – also from Smitten Kitchen
And for a little twist, use this same basic recipe and sub in sweet potatoes, parsnips and apples, or blue potatoes for something a little outside the box.
5. Grandma’s Applesauce – adapted from pastryaffair.com
You can easily adjust the sugar based on the desired sweetness – we recommend starting with 1/4 cup and working up to 3/4 cup. We love to leave the apple pieces mostly whole for a hearty addition to dinner.
6. Green Beans with Brown Butter – adapted from Real Simple
We think this is an ultra-delicious way to eat your green veggies. Consider amping up the lemon if you want a bit of extra zing.
7. Favorite Cut-Out Butter Cookies – inspired by Henry and Mudge and a Very Merry Christmas by Cynthia Rylant
“The actual rolling out of dough, cutting out of cookies, and successfully getting them onto the cookie sheet requires both patience and experimentation. Be very generous in your use of flour – slather it onto your hands, the counter, the dough, the rolling pin, and the spatula you used to lift the unbaked cut-out cookie onto the tray. Also, keep your dough cold to prevent sticking. In general you want to roll the dough out to about 1/4″ thick. Trial and error is part of the process – during our recent first attempt our Christmas tree shaped cookies turned out looking more like gingerbread men due to stretching en route to the cookie sheet…”