Hanukkah: A Festival of Lights and Flavorful Delights
Hanukkah: A Festival of Lights and Flavorful Delights

Hanukkah, known as the Festival of Lights, honors the miracle of menorah oil in Jerusalem’s Second Temple lasting eight days and eight nights. Its central ritual involves lighting a nine-branched menorah, adding one candle each night. The “shamash” candle ignites the others.

Beyond lighting, Hanukkah unites families, inspires gifts, traditional games like dreidel and a feast of beloved classics:

Latkes (Potato Pancakes): Arguably the most famous Hanukkah dish, latkes are crispy, golden potato pancakes typically served with applesauce or sour cream. Making latkes involves grating potatoes and onions, mixing them with eggs and flour, and frying them until they’re irresistibly crispy. The combination of crisp edges and tender interiors makes latkes a Hanukkah favorite.

Sufganiyot (Jelly-Filled Donuts): A sweet indulgence that symbolizes the oil miracle. These deep-fried donuts are filled with fruit jams or custard and generously dusted with powdered sugar.

Brisket: Slow-cooked and tender, this savory centerpiece is seasoned with a rich blend of spices and braised to mouthwatering perfection.

Matzo Ball Soup: A comforting Jewish tradition, this nourishing soup starts a Hanukkah meal with chicken broth and matzo ball dumplings made from matzo meal, eggs and a touch of oil.

Rugelach: Ending the meal on a sweet note, rugelach pastries have a tender, flaky texture with sweet fillings like jam, chocolate or nuts.