Your Hanukkah Food Dreams Come True

Our chefs have curated a collection of traditional Hanukkah foods to make your celebration deliciously memorable. Crispy latkes sizzling in a skillet. Juicy jam oozing from a golden jelly donut. A steaming pot of matzo ball soup filling the kitchen with cozy, savory aromas. Turn to these tried-and-true recipes for inspiration — or let our expert Catering team illuminate your table with a chef-inspired spread. We’ve got your eight days of feasts covered with these traditional Hanukkah dishes.

Beef Brisket with Root Vegetables

When it comes to traditional Hanukkah foods, your feast isn’t complete without a slow-cooked beef brisket. Wow your guests by slicing into this hearty main, drizzled with au jus and served with root vegetables — just add red wine!

Potato Latkes Recipe

Potato Latkes

The latke is the dish most associated with Hanukkah foods. Not only are these deep-fried lacy potato pancakes delicious, but they symbolize the miracle of Hanukkah.


If latkes are a part of your Hanukkah celebration, you’re going to want accoutrements like applesauce and sour cream on the table. A bright, lightly sweet applesauce — made with your choice of apples — is the perfect topping for crispy, deep-fried latkes.

Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Herbs

Roasted Chicken with Herbs

A heavy rub of fresh herbs, plus salt and pepper, gives this roast chicken a savory, crispy skin. Serve this irresistible main attraction with roasted veggies for a perfectly simple Hanukkah meal.

Recipe: Matzoh Ball Soup

Classic Matzo Ball Soup

Poaching chicken breast right into the broth gives this Classic Matzo Ball Soup wonderful flavor and aroma, and fresh dill adds brightness.

Mushroom Kale Noodle Kugel

A savory take on a traditionally sweet Jewish casserole, this Mushroom Kale Noodle Kugel is a deliciously hearty, plant-based addition to your Hanukkah celebration.

Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Jelly Donuts)

Sufganiyot are yeasted jelly donuts, traditionally fried in symbolic oil for Hanukkah. This lighter baked version makes for a delicious family baking project.

Chocolate Gelt Buttons

Making Hanukkah gelt from scratch allows the chocolate to become a canvas for a sprinkling of nuts and a splash of colorful dried fruits.

Recipe: Pistachio-Citrus Rugelach

Pistachio-Citrus Rugelach

These dreamy crescents, flecked with poppy seeds and bright with lemon zest, are finished with a shower of nutty, sweet pistachios.

Recipe: Waffled Latkes

Waffled Latkes

These latkes can be made with regular or sweet potato, then topped with sour cream or applesauce for a more traditional treat — or with crème fraîche and smoked salmon for a luxurious appetizer.

Spice-Crusted Roast Salmon with Ginger Beets

This simple, festive treatment for a whole side of salmon is an easy way to feed a crowd with style — and a great lighter option to mix in with more traditional Hanukkah foods.

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This simple preparation makes for an effortless four-ingredient dish that pairs perfectly with Hanukkah mains.

Polish-Style Borscht

Sometimes called clear borscht, and traditionally started with a beetroot ferment, this strained rendition of a traditional Polish soup is surprisingly light and brothy.