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.