22 recipes guaranteed to light up your Hanukkah

The festival of lights never tasted so delicious.
Published December 10, 2020 4:31 p.m. EST
The Marilyn Denis Show The Marilyn Denis Show

Food goes hand in hand with any Hanukkah celebration. From fried dishes (bring on the latkes!) in honour of the oil that kept burning for eight nights some 2,000 years ago to traditional Jewish foods like challah and brisket, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite recipes to help make your festival of lights sparkle. Happy Hanukkah!

1. Perfect lacy latkes

The name really says it all: This recipe will leave you with perfect golden latkes with just the right amount of crunch. Make them for breakfast or include them as a side dish for dinner. Get the recipe here

2. Sunchoke rösti with chive sour cream and roasted lemon

The ultimate Hanukkah dish has to be the latke, but if you're looking for a fun spin on this classic, try Eden Grinshpan's rösti. Basically one big latke, this new take on tradition mixes potato with sunchokes for some nutty flavour! Get the recipe here.

3. Zucchini latkes with avocado

If you’re looking for a healthier latke option, try dietician Abbey Sharpe’s recipe that uses zucchini instead of potatoes! Add some lemon and red pepper flakes to a couple of avocados, and you’ve got a delicious garnish to put on top! Get the recipe here.

4. Smoked salmon latkes

These mini latkes from renowned French chef Daniel Boulud pack a whole lot of flavour into just one bite with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, chive and lemon. Great for snacking on during your virtual celebrations. Get the recipe here.

5. Cheese blintzes with blueberry sauce

Amy Rosen’s brunch-worthy blintzes couldn’t be easier to make (or more delicious). Invite the kids into the kitchen and make it a family affair! Get the recipe here.

6. Mom’s sweet challah bread

The holidays just aren’t complete without challah, but this version comes with a bit of a sweet twist: Topped with brown sugar, it’s got a decidedly cake-like vibe. It also makes a great gift! Get the recipe here.

7. Matzo ball soup

Although matzo ball soup is typically Passover fare, the classic can be a great comfort food on a cold winter’s day as well. Bonus: It comes together super easily, a boon during the busy holiday season. Get the recipe here.

8. Soft pretzels with beer cheese dip

No matter how you shape these pretzels, the end result is always the same: a tasty snack good enough to enjoy all year round. Get the recipe here.

9. Chopped liver

Chopped liver has got a bad rap. Delicious and comforting, serve this tasty spread on top of challah or matzah as a delish appetizer or snack. Get the recipe here.

10. Vegetarian chopped liver

It looks like chopped liver, it tastes like chopped liver, but this meatless spread is made with caramelized onions, toasted walnuts, lentils and hard-boiled eggs. Get the recipe here.

11. Baharat whole roasted chicken

Spice up your roast chicken with this recipe using baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend of cumin, coriander and cinnamon. Here's a hot tip: cook your chicken at 425°F and sit it on top of some veggies. This lets the air get inside the chicken for a juicy interior and crispy exterior. In just an hour, you're left with one show-stopping roast! Get the recipe here.

12. Epic poached chicken and dumplings

This epic main course from the one and only Jamie Oliver truly lives up to its name. Poached chicken, cooked to perfection, served with vegetables and soft dumplings, and swimming in a rich, flavourful broth? We’re already drooling. Get the recipe here.

13. Maple soy brisket

This show-stopping twist on the traditional main is definitely worthy of top billing at your holiday table. Get the recipe here.

14. Slow cooker beef brisket with a touch of Montreal

More of a traditionalist? Use your slow cooker to get that melt-in-your-mouth, tender brisket goodness, while you go about enjoying the festivities. Get the recipe here.

15. Noodle kugel

Sweeten your holiday spread with this take on the traditional egg noodle casserole, which incorporates dried apricots, golden raisins and fruit brandy! Get the recipe here.

16. Honey-harissa roasted carrots

A new spin on the traditional tzimmes, these roasted carrots are full of flavour and are the perfect companion to your holiday brisket. Get the recipe here.

17. Sweet hamantaschen

Although typically enjoyed during Purim, these sweet little cookies also make a tasty addition to your Hanukkah spread. This recipe includes both poppyseed and apricot-butter filling options; go with the apricot if you’ve got a real sweet tooth. Get the recipe here.

18. Savoury hamantaschen

Savoury more your speed? Try this boureka-filled version made with spinach, feta, ricotta, olive oil and egg. Get the recipe here.

19. Sufganiyot

These popular jelly-filled donuts are the perfect end to any Hanukkah meal. Anthony Rose’s version switches things up, swapping the jelly out for a delicious chocolate custard. Get the recipe here.

20. Chocolate ricotta babka

This sweet treat falls somewhere between cake and bread, but all that really matters is that it’s delicious. Made from a rich brioche dough and layered with creamy chocolate-ricotta filling, this babka recipe is one you’re going to want to hold on to. Get the recipe here.

21. Apple cake

Sure, apples are typically Rosh Hashanah fare to ensure a sweet new year, but Michael Bonacini’s apple cake is just as tasty in December. Get the recipe here.

22. Kichel: rainbow nothings

These sweet cookies are so light and airy, you’d think they were fried. But it’s all the oil and egg yolks in the dough that give them that perfect crunch. The rainbow coat of sprinkles makes them a colourful addition to any dessert table. Get the recipe here.

Hungry for more? Get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the season with recipes, movies, TV and more festive fun at ctv.ca/holidays.