Simple Hanukkah Dinner


Want to host some people for a Hanukkah dinner this weekend and not sure where to start? I’ve got simple recipes for brisket and latkes to get you started. Full recipes with pictures of the process will be posted below. And, I’ve got a printable with the recipes and the shopping list.

This brisket recipe is my mother in law’s and has been made by my husband’s family for years. If you take the time to do all the steps it’s a fool-proof recipe and worth all the time it takes. It takes 2 days – or at least 24 hours, so plan to cook the day before you want to eat

Plan to make the latkes right before you eat. These are what I call weeknight latkes because I use some shortcuts. Traditional latkes include freshly grated potatoes and onions and sometimes that is just too much work. My recipe skips that step.

The brisket is cooked with carrots so that’s an easy side dish. You can supplement that with a salad or a bag of green beans ready to steam in the microwave.

Dessert – pick up jelly donut holes at Dunkin Donuts or pick up holiday treats from a bakery. You can also delegate desserts to your guests. If you’re heading to the bakery pick up a challah too! Actually grab 2 to make challah French toast for breakfast.

Keep reading for the recipes and pictures. You can print the Hanukkah Dinner recipes and shopping list.

Happy Hanukkah to all of you celebrating. What’s your favorite winter holiday? Watch for more recipes throughout this holiday season!


Weeknight Latkes

1 20 oz.bag of shredded potatoes from the refrigerator section
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tbsp. (1 capful) of Tastefully Simple Onion Onion or grate a small yellow onion
6 tbsp. of flour
salt & pepper
Oil of your choice (I used Avocado Oil)

Heat oven to 250 degrees. In a large bowl mix first 5 ingredients – using your hands is the best way to get everything combined. Heat oil in large pan or electric skillet, using enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan about ¼ – ½ inch deep. Using ¼ cup measuring cup scoop out potato mixture. Form into a ball and flatten with your hands. Drop latkes in the oil and cook until golden brown on each side – about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from oil, place on a plate lined with paper towels. Transfer to a baking sheet or pan and keep warm in a 250 degree oven. Repeat until all the latkes are cooked.

Serve with applesauce or sour cream if you like.



1 or 2 beef briskets, about 4-5 pounds

1 large bag of baby carrots

1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce

20 oz. bottle of Coke (not diet)

¼ cup (2 capfuls) Tastefully Simple Onion Onion (or a packet of onion soup mix)

salt & pepper

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place the brisket in 1 or 2 pans baking pans (I use disposable). Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with carrots. In a small bowl mix together the chili sauce, Coke and onion. Pour over brisket. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 325 for several hours. (I had about 5 pounds of brisket and cooked it for 4 hours.) When a fork pierces the meat easily it is done.


Let the brisket cool. It will shrink during cooking, so you can move it to 1 pan or a smaller pan if you wish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove brisket from the fridge. Skim off the fat and discard. Place the carrots in a serving dish and refrigerate until an hour before serving. Move the brisket to a cutting board and slice against the grain. Place the brisket back in the pan and refrigerate until an hour before serving.


About an hour before serving take the brisket and the carrots on the counter to come to room temperature. Heat the oven to 325. Bake for about 45 minutes until heated through. Serve the brisket with some of the juice.

Print the recipes and shopping list for your Hanukkah Dinner. Thanks for reading. Let me know if you try these recipes!

Planning Your Holiday Meal

The holidays are fast approaching! To help you get ready I wanted to share some of my holiday meal planning tools.

I’m a list maker and I find it helps so much, especially with big things like a holiday dinner. I love to have people over, to cook holiday meals and have a house full of guests. (I also love to be alone after all that!) Having lists to rely on can help you enjoy entertaining also.

Here are some of my tips:

Keep a folder or binder of your favorite recipes that you use each season. As you find new recipes add them to the binder. Make notes on recipes such as any adjustments you made or ingredients you changed. After the dinner, make notes on what worked and what didn’t. Did you run out of any foods? Make too much of others?

A couple weeks before the holiday, schedule some time to sit down with your binder and make a master plan. Write down what you will be serving – also making note of what other people are bringing. I’ve got a printable Holiday Meal Planner if you’d like to use it.

As you are finalizing the recipes, immediately start filling out your Holiday Meal Shopping List. I like to organize my list in the format of how I shop the store. Put a star next to things that have to be bought a day or two ahead of time. All the rest of the items you can start shopping for early – this helps with time and money. Picking up things when they are on sale can save you money. Spreading out the extra expense over a couple weeks also helps with the budget. And spreading out the shopping makes for less time spent in the store during the holiday crunch time.

If you are having guests stay with you for the holidays, plan what other meals you may be providing and items you’ll need to let your guests help themselves. You can have people help themselves to coffee and cereal if you’re not planning on making breakfast and have sandwich fixings ready to go for people to do their own lunches. What snacks can you have on hand in the fridge or pantry for people to grab? Add those meal/snack ideas to the Holiday Meal Planner and write the ingredients on your Shopping List.

As the holiday gets closer you can fill out this Holiday Meal Timeline to organize what you can cook ahead of time and how to cook on the big day to get everything on the table at the same time. Write down the dishes that can be made ahead of time. And, in the timeline, add the time of your meal at the bottom and then work up the list writing in 15-30 minutes increments. Look through your recipes and write in when each thing needs to start cooking to be done on time.

What tips do you have for getting ready for a big holiday meal? I’d love to hear them!


Holiday Meal Planner – figure out what to cook.

Holiday Meal Shopping List – fill out your shopping list.

Holiday Meal Timeline – figure out the timeline of cooking your holiday meal.