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Learn About Traditional Hanukkah Dishes

Impress your guests with these delicious & classic Hanukkah meals.

While Christians celebrate Christmas, Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah.

Homemade Traditional Potato Pancake Latke

Also known as the festival of lights, Hanukkah is an 8-day-long holiday honoring the Jews’ triumph over the tyrannous forces that outlawed Judaism during the second century BC. 

The Jewish people reclaimed their temple in Jerusalem, which miraculously stayed illuminated by a blazing lantern for eight days. Thus, Jews light a candle for every night the lantern blazed, placing each candle on a structure called the menorah.

Hanukkah also involves plenty of songs, dreidel playing, and most importantly, feasting on a cornucopia of delicious dishes.

Below, I’ll go over all the most iconic traditional Hanukkah food you’ll see at any Hannukah feast table.

Final Thoughts

Serve up these traditional Jewish Hanukkah dishes for the holidays!

Pair these dishes with wine or with festive holiday cocktails.

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.