Eight days every year, Jewish people around the world give thanks that centuries ago, a bit of oil—only a day’s worth!—lasted long enough to keep a sacred lantern lit for a week and some change. In the spirit of this miracle, we light candles and fry foods on Hanukkah.
The Festival of Lights is not the festival of light fare: Its two most central foods are fried potatoes and fried dough. While latkes and sufganiyot are the crispy golden stars of many a Hanukkah meal, those two dishes don’t have to be the only focus. Here, we’ve gathered enough colorful salads and sides, show-stopping briskets, and latkes of all kinds to brighten your plate during Hanukkah.
This article was updated 11.29.23.
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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent’s Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he’s worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he’s most likely to be found eating shawarma.