The Festival of Lights came early this year, but not to worry; there’s still plenty of time to plan your celebration.
Remember that the holidays are all about tradition; take time to reflect on the story of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah, which translates to dedication in Hebrew, commemorates the revolution of the Jews against the oppressive Syrian-Greek rule. Each of the eight nights of Hanukkah is celebrated by lighting a candle on the menorah, playing games, giving gifts, and enjoying the company of friends and family over traditional Kosher dishes.
What are some of your favorite Hanukkah meals?
Our Hanukkah dinner usually includes a braised brisket, kasha and bowtie noodles, latkes, and, of course, kugel. Though delicious, sometimes the traditional recipes can get… well, boring and a bit heavy.
After reading through countless Jewish cookbooks and food blogs, I became inspired to jazz-up my Hanukkah menu with bold, new flavors and lots of colorful, nutritious ingredients! Here are some ideas I gathered; enjoy one or all!
- Use less oil and a variety of root vegetables, like zucchini and carrot, in your latkes! Serve them with Greek yogurt and homemade applesauce for more nutrition
- Roast chicken with plenty of fresh, warming herbs, like rosemary, thyme and sage
- Cook your brisket in a sweet and sour sauce, like chili sauce
- Include mushrooms in your kasha and bowtie noodle recipe
- Add dried fruits and nuts, like apricots, pecans or golden raisins, to stuffing or rice dishes
Potato-Apple Kugel with Crispy Shallots
Adapted from Big Girls, Small Kitchen recipe for Potato Kugel with Sauteed Shallots
Prep: 30 minutes
Total: 90 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
- 4 shallots, thinly sliced
- 4 medium russet potatoes
- 1 large onion
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 apples
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage, roughly chopped
- 1½ tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- In a small skillet, cook the shallots in 1 tablespoon of oil and a dash of salt over medium heat. Once the shallots are browned, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, grate the potatoes, onions and apples. Add the shallots, eggs, egg yolk, salt, 1½ tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and sage to the mix.
- Use the remaining ½ tablespoon of oil to grease a baking sheet (4 x 6-inch, 2-inch deep baking sheet should do the trick). Pour in the kugel batter and bake for 20 minutes.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and add the remaining honey to the top of the kugel for an extra glaze of sweetness!
- Remove the kugel from the oven and allow it to cool before serving.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 361 Calories, 9 g Fat (1 g Sat), 132 mg Cholesterol, 1200 mg Sodium, 63 g Carbohydrate, 7 g Fiber, 7 g Protein
Source: History.com, FoodNetwork.com
Article originally published on the Pathmark Live Better Wellness Blog