Are you throwing a Hanukkah party this year? Looking for Hanukkah party food ideas? Don’t stress, I got you covered. Here is a roundup of easy Hanukkah recipes both traditional and modern. I have personally tried a few of these over the years and can guarantee your guests will love them. Take a pick to match your tastes and have a wonderful party.
Before we jump into the recipes, a quick background on this Jewish festival and the significance of these recipes.
Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights. A time to celebrate miracles.
Long ago a war took place between the Jews (Maccabees) and their ruling king, Antiochus. Antiochus had ruled that Jews can no longer celebrate Shabbat and pray at their temple. He ordered his guards to go guard the temple and destroy everything inside.
What ensued thereafter was a war. After the Maccabees defeated Antiochus and his men and returned to the Temple, they found the temple looted and a mess. They built a new Menorah and looked for oil to light. But, they could not find enough oil to light the menorah for more than one evening and it would take them some time to find more oil. But the Menorah lit anyway. To their surprise, it burned for 8 days!!
It is this miracle that we celebrate on Hanukkah. We light menorahs for eight days and celebrate with foods fried in oil.
Here are some easy Hanukkah recipes for you to try this year to build a tasty party menu. Many of these are also kid-friendly Hanukkah recipes to accommodate your little guests.
EASY HANUKKAH RECIPES FOR YOUR NEXT PARTY
Appetizers, Soups, and Sides
Traditional Latkes: You can’t throw a Hanukkah party and not have some traditional Hanukkah foods at the table.
Matzo Ball Soup: Another one of the traditional Hanukkah foods to have on the table.
Broccoli Soup: Now if you want to change things up a bit, try my creamy broccoli soup recipe. It is plant-based and so delicious both your vegan guests and meat-eating guests will love it.
Butterbean Soup: I loved this lightly flavored yet filling soup recipe. A wonderful addition to any Hanukkah Party.
Roasted Broccoli: A super tasty side to match the winter-themed table.
Israeli Cut Salad: We love having an Israeli cut salad on our table when guests come over. It is so easy to prepare and goes wonderfully with a variety of dishes.
Israeli Couscous Salad: A simple and delicious alternative to the Israeli cut salad.
Mutton Curry: Most Indian Jewish families celebrate festive occasions with some type of a lightly spiced and fragrant meat-based curry. Mutton curry is a popular main dish served alongside fluffy basmati rice.
Sweet and Sour Brisket: Super easy to make and a crowd-pleaser for sure.
Sweet Potato Lasagna: A noodle free pasta dish that tastes delicious and healthy too. Your plant-based guests will be raving about this meal for days.
Broccoli Kugel: My husband once made me this kugel and sent it at my workplace for lunch. Not only was his gesture sweet and thoughtful, but this recipe turned out so good, I had to ask him for the recipe and note it down in my recipe book. We have made it many times since.
Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts – Sufganiyot
These classic Hanukkah jelly donuts are my personal favorites. I love the easy way in which the author fills the doughnuts with jelly, just as you would a thumbprint cookie. No special skills required.
Here is Sufganiyot from last year’s Hanukkah party at our place. They add a festive touch to any party table.
This is a recipe that is a no-fail dessert. Every time I have to whip up a quick dessert for a party, I love making this vegan fudge. It works out perfectly each time and is so so yummy. You have got to try it.
Butter Cookies: Serve these warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some chocolate syrup.
Gulab Jamun: Growing up in India, our families served these spiced and sweet fried milk solid based balls called Gulab Jamun for Hanukkah celebrations. You can try the recipe if you are cooking a vegetarian or vegan menu plan.
GulGule: Fried banana fritters made by Indian Jews to celebrate Hanukkah.
Chocolate Chia Pudding: My no pain, go-to dessert when I have guests over. Always turns out perfect and tastes yummy.
No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake Cups: We have made this recipe multiple times now. It is perfect as a cake or made into smaller cupcake sizes too.
I hope these recipes inspire your Hanukkah Party Menu in some way. Do comment and let me know if you try any of the recipes I shared here. I would love to hear how it turned out.
Until next time,
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