Traditional Hanukkah Menu

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There are certain foods that are Hanukkah staples. It just wouldn't be Hanukkah without jelly donuts, potato latkes, cheese dishes, and applesauce. These traditional dishes are easy to make and appear on Jewish tables during the eight-day celebration. If you have wanted to try your hand at making a few of these Jewish specialties, why not make this the year?

Allrecipes.com and Kaboose.com are excellent sources for Hanukkah recipes. Here are a few that they recommend.

Traditional Hanukkah Menu

Suphganiot

Traditional Hanukkah Menu

Jelly Donuts

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 3 quarts vegetable oil for frying

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Directions:

  1. Combine flour, eggs, yogurt, sugar, salt, and vanilla sugar in a large mixing bowl. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes; it will rise.
  2. Form the dough into balls with 2 inch diameters.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil to 365 ° F (190 ° C) in a large pot (or deep fryer) over high heat. It is best to use a basket or slotted spoon for deep frying the suphganiot as the oil will be extremely hot. Deep fry the dough in the oil. Let the suphganiot cool and drain on paper towels.

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Sweet Potato Latkes

Traditional Hanukkah Menu

So Tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil for frying

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Directions:

  1. Place sweet potatoes in a colander. Place a cheese cloth over the potatoes, and squeeze the potatoes to release as much liquid as possible. Let the potatoes sit to release more liquid, then squeeze again.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, eggs, brown sugar, flour, cloves and cinnamon; mix well.
  3. Heat oil in large heavy skillet to 375° F (190° C).
  4. Form mixture into pancake size cakes, and fry in hot oil. Flip cakes after 2 to 3 minutes (when bottom is browned) and brown other side. Drain on paper towels, and serve piping hot!

Making Hanukkah Latkes

Applesauce Noodle Kugel

Traditional Hanukkah Menu

Delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package wide egg noodles
  • 1 cup reduced fat margarine
  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups egg substitute
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 (16 ounce) jar applesauce
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together margarine, sour cream, egg substitute, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and applesauce. Stir in noodles and raisins.
  3. Spread graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of the prepared dish. Pour the noodle mixture over the crumbs. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.
  4. Bake 45 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until set. Cover with foil if it browns too quickly.

You can cook up a table full of Jewish delicacies like you've been doing it all your life. All you need for these Hanukkah food gifts is the right ingredients and some time to prepare. Your guests will love it!

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