by Wen Zientek-Sico
This menu incorporates some of the favorite ingredients and dishes traditionally eaten at Chanukkah for a menu that is fun and easy on the cook. All the dishes are full of flavor and wonderful for a comfortable family dinner, but special enough for company.
Chanukkah always presents a dilemma for those who celebrate it when it comes to food. While it is certainly not the most important Jewish holiday, many families still use it as an opportunity to get together and celebrate with each other. There are many foods associated with Chanukkah, like sufganiyot, latkes, gelt, sesame seeds, and oil, but it is hard to build a menu around those things. This menu incorporates most of those items for a fun and festive menu that is easy on the host. The whole family will enjoy the mixture of traditional comfort food that with a little bit of extra attention becomes holiday fare.
24-48 hours in advance:
Make the Chopped Liver
Marinate the chicken for the Crispy Crunchy Chicken Bites
Make the Apricot Mustard Dipping Sauce
Make the dressing for the Simple Olive-Dijon Salad
Make the Chanukkah Brisket if making it in advance.
Make Our Favorite Latkes.
Make the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies.
Make the Chanukkah Walnut Cake with Honey Syrup.
Up to 6 hours in advance:
Make the Chanukkah Toasts
Assemble and toss the lettuce mixture for the Simple Olive-Dijon Salad
4 hours in advance:
Make the Chanukkah Brisket.
Grate the potatoes and onions for the Potato Kugel.
1 hour in advance:
Make the Sautéed Carrots and Mushrooms.
Make the Potato Kugel.