12/25/2016 07:53 am ET Updated Dec 26, 2017

Brisket, Latkes, Rugelach And More: 10 Delicious Haukkah Recipes

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with family, friends, and lots of delicious food. Happy Hanukkah!

1. Curried Sweet Potato Pancakes


Spiced with an aromatic blend of curry, cumin, ginger, and cayenne pepper, these exotic latkes double as a fabulous winter side dish. GET THE RECIPE

2. Onion Braised Beef Brisket


This delicious brisket recipe was originally published in The Silver Palette New Basics Cookbook in 1989 -- and is the world's most Googled brisket recipe for good reason. GET THE RECIPE

3. Oven-Fried Potato Latkes


Latkes, or crisp onion-scented potato pancakes, are traditionally made on the stovetop but I prefer to fry them in the oven. They're no healthier, mind you, but they're just as good, half the mess, and so much easier. GET THE RECIPE

4. Chunky Homemade Applesauce


Homemade applesauce is richly flavored, tart and sweet -- almost like apple pie filling. Spoon a dollop over your latkes or offer for dessert. GET THE RECIPE

5. Chicken Matzo Ball Soup


Matzo ball soup is traditional for Passover, but I make it on Hanukkah too. It's a bit of a "potschke," as my mother would say, but it's not hard -- you pretty much throw everything into a pot and forget it. And the secret to light and fluffy matzo balls? Use a mix! GET THE RECIPE

6. Sweet & Spicy Roast Chicken with Carrots, Dates & Pistachios


In this festive-looking dish, chicken is immersed in a honey, citrus, and chili-infused marinade, and then roasted with carrots and dates. Herbs, scallions and pistachios are added before serving for freshness, color, and crunch. GET THE RECIPE

7. Zucchini Fritters


On Hanukkah, it's traditional to eat foods fried in oil. While the word fritter usually conjures up something heavy and deep-fried, these zucchini pancakes are as light and delicate as can be. GET THE RECIPE

8. Roast Chicken with Herb Butter


This easy roast chicken with herb butter is the perfect cozy dish for the holidays. I like to serve it with latkes, roasted carrots and applesauce. GET THE RECIPE

9. Grandma Annie's Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread


My Grandma Annie made the world's best mandel bread, a traditional Jewish cookie similar to biscotti. Serve them with coffee or milk while playing a game of dreidel. GET THE RECIPE

10. Rugelach


Delicious to eat and fun to make, rugelach are miniature crescent-rolled pastries posing as cookies. They're made by rolling a triangle of dough around a sweet filling of fruit, nuts, chocolate, or anything your heart desires. Roll up your sleeves and give this classic walnut-raisin version a try. GET THE RECIPE