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A Traditional Hanukkah Feast

A traditional meat for the Hanukkah menu will include brisket or chicken. If you are cooking brisket, this particular cut of beef requires a slow-cooking method either by using a crockpot or as a pot roast so that the meat is tender and flavorful. Combine the meat with salt and pepper, oil, onions, beef broth and cinnamon to create a delicious Hanukkah main dish. You can also serve lamb brisket as well.

While the meat is slowly cooking, you can prepare the famous latkes which are like potato pancakes made with grated potato, egg, onion, salt and other seasonings then shaped into a patty and fried in oil. Latkes are usually eaten right after being cooked served with sour cream or applesauce. The applesauce can be made with raw-cored apples, pumpkin spice, brown-sugar and cooked in a crock-pot or simmered on the stove. Latkes can be prepared the traditional way, as mentioned above, or you can be a little creative and add your own version of spices and herbs. For a spicier latke add some cayenne or cinnamon and sugar for a dessert-like treat.

One of the things wed like to mention about preparing Hanukkah food is the use of oil. The oil is commemorative of the miracle, which occurred after the Maccabees defeated the Syrian-Greek forces that had inhabited the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem when there was only enough oil for a lamp to last one day. But, miraculously, the oil lasted eight days, which is why the eight-flamed menorah is lit each year and why oil is used in many of the Hanukkah dishes.

A traditional sweet served for Hanukkah is the sufganiyot, which is a fried doughnut filled usually with jam or jelly and sprinkled with granulated or powdered sugar. Sufganiyot can also be made using chocolate or custard as a filling.

More sweet treats served at Hanukkah are loukoumades which are a sweet, puff-dough made with yeast, flour and eggs. The dough is fried in oil and then drizzled with honey syrup. Another sweet food is the rugelach which is a crescent-shaped pastry made with sour-cream or cream-cheese that is twisted around a filling, such as chocolate, preserves, fruit, toffee or nuts. Making these wonderful pastries is a labor-of-love but it is definitely worth it in the end!

Hanukkah wouldnt be complete without the Challah bread, which is made with eggs, finewhite flour,water,yeast, and sugar. After the dough is ready, it is then measured into three parts, rolled into a long rope-shape, and then braided. The end result after baking is a golden brown work-of-art. Challah is prepared for all traditional Jewish holidays and for the Sabbath. You can prepare a sweet version of challah by using dried apples, raisins, and cinnamon.

To top off the Hanukkah feast, we come to every childs favorite Hanukkah cookies. These cookies are mostly made from a simple sugar dough recipe, and then cut into various Hanukkah shapes, such as the menorahs, the Star of David, oil lamps and dreidels. You can decorate them with icings and colorful sprinkles of gourmet flavored sugars.

These traditional Hanukkah ideas can help you plan a wonderful holiday feast. Or you can add your own spin, by using different spices, seasonings for any of your dishes.

Try out this delicious potato latke recipe for your Hanukkah celebration:

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