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Light a Candle. Pass a Dish.

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
Light a Candle. Pass a Dish.

The eight days of Hanukkah are a feast of light and good things to eat, celebrated by kindling lamps and candles and by enjoying fried treats that commemorate the one vial of oil that miraculously lasted the Israelites eight full days and nights.

Traditional dishes for the holiday include crispy latkes, sweet doughnuts, fritters, great-for-a-crowd brisket, and creamy, cheesy indulgences. Over eight celebratory days in the kitchen, why not explore some variations on tried-and-true favorites?

Latkes: A basic recipe for latkes (grated potato pancakes fried in oil) is a fantastic jumping-off point for all kinds of fun. Start by rethinking the traditional potato and substitute sweet potatoes, zucchini, parsnips, carrots, cauliflower or beets. Stir in curry powder, sharp cheddar or feta, pulled brisket, Cajun spice or ginger to liven up your recipe, and serve with applesauce spiked with cinnamon or cloves for even more flavor.

Brisket: Brisket is a crowd-pleaser and great to make ahead for effortless entertaining. Slow roast the beef in the oven and finish it off with Classic Barbecue Crunchy Panko for a flavorful textural treat, or switch it out for chuck roast and braise slowly with this elegant beef Barola recipe.

Side Dishes: Given Hanukkah's connection to oil and all things crispy and fried, try a recipe for Jamaican Jerk spice-dusted fried plantains, or an olive oil-drenched classic Greek salad. Rich, cheesy dishes are welcome on the holiday table, too. Try a smoky macaroni with three cheeses or Manchego-topped Spanish skillet potatoes that would pair great with brisket.

Sweets: What's Hanukkah without jelly-filled doughnuts or honey-drizzled fritters? Up your game by tossing doughnuts in cinnamon sugar and slathering your fritters in a vanilla honey butter. Cheesecake would delight your guests as well, whether you go classic vanilla or creamy white chocolate.

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, culinary instructor and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

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