Eight days every year, Jews around the world celebrate oil. They give thanks that centuries ago, a bit—only a day's worth!—of that unctuous substance lasted long enough to keep a sacred lantern lit for a week and some change. In the spirit of this miracle, we light candles and fry foods on Hanukkah.
The Festival of Lights is not the festival of light fare: Its two most central foods are fried potatoes and fried dough. While latkes and sufganiyot are the crispy golden stars of many a Hanukkah meal, those two dishes don't have to be the only focus. Instead, surround them with a similarly vibrant dishes. Brighten your plate with winter vegetable slaws, colorful plant-based sides, or show-stopping brisket. Here, we've gathered enough recipes to lighten your table for each of the eight nights.
Begin with Brilliant Salads
Try vibrant vegetables
Mains In the spotlight
More Sweet Stars
What are your Hanukkah specials? Let us know about them in the comments.