Hello! I thought I would launch my blog update with a refresh of this simple Hanukkah meal. Since Hanukkah is happening around Christmas this year, you might be including both holidays in your December entertaining or party-going.
The brisket recipe is my mother in law’s. I’ll link my previous blog post with the recipe and step by step instructions. You can get it here. The update I have been doing is using peeled and chopped carrots instead of the baby carrots. They have more flavor and are worth the effort, in my opinion.
The latkes are a “cheater” recipe where I use hash brown potatoes instead of shredding my own potatoes. While this might be too simple for a latke purist, it does make a quick and delicious alternative. Another fun idea is to do a latke party where each guest/family makes their own version of latkes – such as sweet potato or zucchini and different toppings like smoked salmon. You can get recipes by googling “latke variations.”
Again, my previous blog post has my latke recipe and instructions. Grab it here.
You can serve a side salad or make simple sautéed green beans. Get a bag of microwave ready green beans. Cook according to package directions for the least amount of time recommended. Drain the bag. Sauté the beans for a few minutes in your favorite oil or 1 tbsp of butter and sprinkle with your favorite seasonings. I like to use our Garlic Garlic Seasoning that I have a spice grinder top on, as well as some of our Seasoned Salt or Seasoned Pepper.
A super simple Hanukkah dessert is to get some jelly donuts and arrange them on a plate. The jelly donuts, or Sufganiyot, are another nod to the miracle of the oil burning lamps in the Holy Temple lasting 8 nights. This is also why the menorah is lit and latkes are served.
A Hanukkah celebration isn’t complete without a game of dreidel. You can pick up the traditional gold coin candy or some silver and blue kiss candies. This also adds another dessert to the meal, right? Learn to play it here.
I hope you are enjoying the busy holiday season. I’d love to hear about your food traditions for Hanukkah and Christmas. Please share in the comments. Happy Holidays!