|Just one of the many good things to eat at Chanukah -- Jelly Doughnuts
Here's a run down of offerings from Chanukahs past. Watch for another post with this year's offerings.
Israeli Jelly Doughnuts -- Called sufganiyot, these delicious filled pastries are not that hard to make, but they are exacting. I give you all the details on how to make them.
Traditional Latkes -- Potato pancakes are the gold standard holiday food, at least for Jews from an Eastern European background. This recipe is the one I've been using as long as I've been making latkes and it is tried and true. Latkes is the Yiddish term. Levivot the Hebrew one.
Shortcut Latkes -- Hey sometimes you just need to not shred five pounds of potatoes, I get it. On those nights, try this recipe.
While many Jews can live on latkes alone, others of us like to gild the lily by serving it with something more than sour cream and or apple sauce. (A sizable portion of Jews also grew up sprinkling sugar on their latke, but my people are not from that tribe.)
This post has a wonderful cranberry pot roast recipe and lots of suggestions on what to serve with latkes from spiced applesauce to some siracha sauce. I also like to serve the latkes with my homemade gravlax (cured salmon). Or try my recipe for roasted applesauce with warm spices.
Eating dairy foods is another Chanukah tradition. This California Kugel with lots of crunchy granola and dried fruits makes a nice light supper, brunch or dessert offering. Or try this cinnamon bun kugel recipe.
For something very different, I combine two cultural traditions into one very special Chanukah dish - spicy tzimmes (beef and dried fruit stew) tamales.
For information on Chanukah foods and traditions from around the world, click here.
History and Observance
Did you know there are 16 ways to spell Chanukah in English? Check out the info near the end of this post from last year.
For some of the history and background about this holiday, click here.
For tips on how to play the spinning top game known as dreidel (including directions on how to make one of your own), this post is the tops.
Learn how to light the menorah (or more accurately the hanukkiah) here
Feel free to post links to other Chanukah offerings by you or other bloggers in the comments section.
UPDATE: 2011 Chanukah offerings from Blog Appetit
4 New Latke Toppings to Make Your Potato Pancakes Zing
Everything You Wanted to Know about Making a Pot Roast and a Pot Roast with Tamarind Recipe
Make Mine Vegan -- Vegan Latkes