The Jewish people have been celebrating Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, for centuries. All around the world, families light the menorah, play dreidel, and eat diet-busting fried foods to commemorate a great miracle that happened in 130 BCE.
Why fried foods? The story in brief: The brave Maccabees defeated their oppressors, who wanted them to worship only Greek gods. It was time to purify and rededicate the Temple. There they found only one small jar of oil, enough to keep the eternal light aflame for just one day. But miraculously, that light continued to burn for eight days!
Oil symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Thus, fried foods like doughnuts and latkes are traditional fare throughout the eight days of Chanukah. But that doesn’t mean these goodies have to be ho-hum, say the food and lifestyle experts at Kosher.com.
With a few basics on hand — like Manischewitz mixes, Bartenura olive oil, and Tuscanini jams and sauces — and some creative recipes from Kosher.com, you can rock every Chanukah meal with a different and unique treat! Read on for de-LIGHT-ful main dishes such as pulled brisket taco latkes from chef Esty Wolbe, and modern twists on traditional desserts such as savory or sweet doughnuts (top them with crushed cookies or goat cheese and balsamic glaze), and berry cheese latkes from chef Naomi Nachman.
Serve them with a Chanukah-inspired golden wine spritzer. Utilize Manischewitz cooking hacks such as potato-pancake mix and doughnut mix to get gourmet results while reducing your prep time in the kitchen.
Pulled Brisket Taco Latke
By Esty Wolbe
Makes 45–60 latke pancakes.
Part 1: Latkes
- 1 box Manischewitz Latke/Pancake Mix
- 2 eggs
- 2¼ cups cold water
- One package Manischewitz Pancake/Latke Mix
- ⅛-inch hot vegetable oil
- In a medium bowl, beat 2 eggs until blended.
- Add 2¼ cups cold water and mix well.
- Stir in contents of pancake/latke package. Allow batter to thicken, 3–4 minutes.
- In large skillet, drop tablespoons of batter into ⅛-inch hot vegetable oil and brown both sides.
Part 2: Pulled Brisket
- 3 pounds marbled 2nd-cut brisket
- 1 (18-ounce) bottle Gefen BBQ sauce
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 5–6 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 batch (about ¼ cup) coffee garlic rub:
- 1 tablespoon ground coffee beans
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon regular paprika
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon onion flakes
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- Place the brisket in a crock pot, top with onions and garlic. (Alternatively, this may be prepared in the oven at 275°F for 4–6 hours, until it shreds easily when pulled.)
- Pour barbecue sauce over the top. Add ¼ cup of water to the barbecue sauce bottle, swish, and pour into crock pot.
- Sprinkle on the coffee garlic rub and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove brisket from sauce and pull apart with two forks until shredded. Add a few tablespoons of cooking liquid to shredded brisket.
- Place a mound of pulled brisket onto the center of each latke, gently fold like you would a soft tortilla, and enjoy!
Sweet And Savory Doughnut Toppings
By Naomi Nachman, Kosher.com
1 box Manischewitz Donut Mix
You will need:
- Deep fryer or large pot
- Vegetable oil (enough for frying)
- Large bowl and small bowl
- 1 cup milk (or water)
- 1 box Manischewitz Chanukah Dough Mix
- Pour cooking oil into a deep fryer or large pot
- Heat oil over medium heat. Do NOT bring to a boil.
- In large bowl, add doughnut mix. Stir in milk or water. Stir until uniform.
- Coat hands with oil or flour. Scooping 1 tablespoon at a time, form batter into desired doughnut shapes.
- Carefully place formed doughnuts, one at a time, into heated oil. Fry about 2 minutes on each side or until golden-brown.
- Drain and cool completely on cooking rack.
- Icing and sprinkles
- Crushed cookies
- Marinara sauce and cheese
- Goat cheese and balsamic glaze
- Pesto and sundried tomato
Find more Chanukah recipes on Kosher.com:
- Gluten-Free Chanukah
- Chanukah Recipes for the Kids
Chanukah Stained-Glass Cookies
Savory Potato Latke “Cookies”
- Chanukah Party Snacks
Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Crispy and Oozy Fried Mozzarella
- Savory Chanukah
Matzo-Ball Stuffed Onion Rings
- Chanukah Desserts
Two-Ingredient Fried Brownies
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