Shalom! It’s almost time for the the Festival of Lights, AKA Hanukkah. While there are so many tried-and-true culinary traditions that are Hanukkah requirements, it’s always fun to add a little bit of a modern twist to those classic recipes. Here we have everything from appetizers and sides to main dishes and desserts. Try any of these Hanukkah recipes and you’re gonna make your momma proud!

Hanukkah Appetizers


1. Butternut Squash Hummus: Everyone loves a little something to nibble on while the brisket is braising. Serve up this hummus and your guests may not leave room for dinner. (via Minimalist Baker)


2. Mini Potato and Chard Knishes: Knishes are notoriously large and starch laden. While these are still filled with potato, the added greens and smaller size make them the perfect starter. (via The Little Ferraro Kitchen)


3. Artichoke and Spinach Stuffed Portobellos: This appetizer is spinach and artichoke dip meets stuffed mushrooms. Yes, yes, please. (via Melanie Makes)


4. Braided Whole Grain Challah: Challah is an absolute must at any Hanukkah dinner table. Amp up the flavor and nutrients by using this whole-grain version. (via The Scratch Artist)

Hanukkah Sides


5. Northern Spy’s Kale Salad: This simple salad is the perfect make-ahead side for your big dinner. You’ll definitely want to keep it in the rotation post-holidays. (via Food52)


6. Sweet Potato Latkes With Spiked Apple Sauce: Latkes and apple sauce are a classic Hanukkah pairing. This recipe includes sweet potatoes and the apple sauce is spiked with a bit of brandy to up the booze factor. (via Connoisseurus Veg)


7. Charred Carrots With Herbs: A lot of Hanukkah dishes are fried and can be quite heavy. It’s great to have a simple fresh side like these carrots in your arsenal. (via What’s Gaby Cooking)


8. Noodle Kugel With Candied Pecans: Ahhhh… the infamous noodle kugel. It gets a bad wrap for being too plain, but this tasty version with candied pecans is anything but. (via What Jew Wanna Eat)

Hanukkah Mains


9. Beer Braised Brisket With Onion Jam: It’s just not Hanukkah without a good brisket. This is braised in beer and topped with a sweet onion jam for the ultimate dish. (via Cherry on My Sundae)


10. Herb and Lemon Roasted Chicken: Your whole family will love this elegant roast chicken. It’s sure to become your new holiday staple. (via Food & Wine)

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11. Home Cured Gravlax: Your everything bagels and cream cheese are going to love you for taking the time to make this gorgeous gravlax. Whip it up for dinner or make it ahead of time for a delicious Hanukkah brunch. (via A Better Happier St Sebastian)

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12. Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chops With Manischewitz Glaze: Are you looking to show off your mad cooking skills this holiday season? Then you *need* to check out these flavorful lamb chops ASAP. (via Food & Wine)

Hanukkah Desserts


13. Chocolate Cranberry Cake With Gelt Glaze: This beautiful cake is sure to stun your guests. Sorry — adorable Star of David bundt pan is not optional. (via What Jew Wanna Eat)


14. Coconut Almond Macaroons: Plain coconut macaroons are a Hanukkah dessert staple. By just adding some almonds and chocolate you’ll suddenly have a treat reminiscent of an Almond Joy. (via Garnish and Glaze)


15. Apple Butter Rugelach: Rugelach doesn’t have to be time consuming. Take some help from the grocery store with jarred apple butter and you’ll have a dessert that tastes totally homemade. (via Bakerita)


16. Sufganiyot: You can’t leave without a recipe for Hanukkah donuts. These little guys are a smaller version, with options for four yummy fillings. Feeling verklempt? You’re not alone. (via Many Kitchens)

Do you have any new Hanukkah recipes that you’ll be trying out? Leave us a comment below with some ideas!