Post # 1
I’m hoping for a little help from any Jewish brides.
My husbands family is coming to our house for a Chanukah celebration and I am making dinner. Are there any traditional foods I should be making? Anything to stay away from (other than pork of course!)?
I’m thinking brisket, but need help on the sides!
BTW, I’m not Jewish, they are, but not orthodox.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
Brisket is always a good staple, so is a roast chicken! Are you planning to make latkes (potato pancakes?) They’re super easy but kind of annoying since they make the whole house (and you) smell like oil….But they are a traditional Hanukkah food and are deliciously awesome…Those are the 3 most traditional foods I can think of for Hanukkah…
For side dishes, homemade chicken soup (with or without Matzoh balls) is always appreciated, a salad is nice, maybe roasted potatoes if you don’t make the latkes? I’m thinking of what my mom always makes when we have our big Hannukah party and it’s usually chicken soup, brisket, roast chicken, latkes, salad and roasted vegetables from either the brisket or the chicken!
Oh, one other tip, not sure if you’re aware of this but most Jews won’t eat meat and dairy products together (eg a cheeseburger)…This probably won’t come into play in your meal but JSYK!
Post # 4
Definitely latkes and matzoh ball soup! Delicious! And I agree with trailmix on the other stuff…chicken and a salad would be great with those!
Post # 5
My husband is Jewish and I have really gotten into Jewish food… we are vegetarian, so sometimes we do things a little non-traditonal…like putting tofu or chickpeas in our matzoh ball soup! One of my go-to websites for recipes is epicurious, and they just happen to have a Hanukkah section! Hope this gives you some inspiration: http://www.epicurious.com/recipesmenus/holidays/hanukkah/recipes
Also, anything fried is good for Hanukkah, since oil plays such an important role in the Hanukkah story, but latkes and jelly doughnuts (called sufganiyot) are pretty traditional for my in-laws… we usually just pick up some ready-made doughnuts at the bakery, but I have always wanted to try to make them from scratch!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
the best best best cook book for Jewish/kosher cooking (really any cooking actually) is Quick and Kosher…it’s my kitchen bible – i give it to all my friends (jewish or otherwise) when they get engaged, have a birthday, smile at me…happy last night of chanukah!
Post # 7
mmm i love brisket! i think latkes are a must for chanukah, with apple sauce and sour cream. and matzah ball soup, we’re having that tonight, can’t wait! for dessert there’s usually donuts, or if there’s kids we’ll do sugar cookies in chanukah shapes and decorate them. ok sometimes we do that even when there aren’t kids.
Post # 8
Just want to second the latkes! We made them with FI for the first time last weekend (well, my first time as I’m not Jewish – he’s loved them since he was little). They are easy and fun to make and delicious with sour cream or applesauce.
Post # 9
I thought about Latkes but forgot about applesauce and sour cream for them! I was trying to figure out dessert too so the donuts will be perfect!!
I love matzah ball soup but I’ve never made it before so I think I’ll save my first attempt at that for a night when I’m not cooking for lots of people!!
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey
These comments all make me droooooool.
@Daisybride: Matzoh ball soup is way easy if you’re willing to cheat. Make the most awesome chicken soup you can (parsnip and lots of time on the stove are, imho, the secret ingredients). Then use boxed matzoh ball mix. Real matzoh balls aren’t difficult to make either, but boxed matzoh ball mix releases you of the obligation to worry about the correct egg to matzoh meal ratio for fluffy balls. (Yes, I just said fluffy balls in a public forum.) Just don’t use the soup mix that often comes in the box (msg — ick). Your in-laws will think you are a balabusta for practically no work at all!
Post # 11
Latkahs!!! That is the best part about our Hanukkah dinner – latkahs with sour cream and apple sauce. Id also do a turkey or chicken if you can? Not traditional but it goes nicely with the latkahs. Thats pretty much all we have in addition to mashed potatoes and rolls. I also like the idea of Matzoh ball soup – they have some mixes for the matzoh balls and you can use chicken soup ilke hotcocoa suggested.
Post # 12
Latkes are a must. Chanukah is the celebration of oil – so fried foods are typically eaten. That’s probably why it is my favorite holiday. I do love me some fried food!! Roasted chicken or brisket are also traditional in my family. Both are super easy.
Post # 13
hotcocoa- ROFL fluffy balls! hahahahaha
funny story about latkes…my bf tried to make some (from a box mix…never doing that again) and the oil got too hot and melted our spatula into our latkes 🙁
I know it’s too late now, but for future Hanukkahs, we had latkes (with applesauce), chicken, tri-trip, and salad at our havurah (temple friends) party, and at BF’s grandmas we pretty much had Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, stuffing, yams… YUM)
and lots and lots of GELT!! YAY!
Post # 14
Anything made with lots of oil is traditional. We did potato latkes w/ apple sauce and sour cream, along with a roasted chicken, and some steamed green beans the other night. (We had my sister over to celebrate.) It was really easy to make… although latkes are a little labor intensive (grating all of those potatoes), so it was nice to have 2 of us preparing dinner in the kitchen 🙂
Post # 15
Latkes and doughnuts! Fried Hannukah goodness.
Just a thought- double check how kosher your guests are if you are thinking of having latkes with sour cream and brisket. If they keep kosher they won’t have milk and meat, even if they are served as separate courses.
Post # 16
Hey Everyone, thanks again for the recommendations! The dinner turned out great but b/c of the giant snow storm, my in-laws couldn’t make it to our house! So, we invited some of our friends in the neighborhood over to help us eat all that food.
Funny story: I cooked the brisket for 4 hours in the oven, I took it out and let it sit for a half hour before slicing as the recipe said. I cut into the brisket and was horrified to see that it was still totally red inside!! After a call to my Dad and my MIL we figured out the problem, Hubby had picked up corned-beef brisket instead of beef brisket. (corned beef is supposed to be red)
At least I tried!