Hanukkah is about remembering the Hanukkah story, miracles, and family. But Hanukkah would not be complete without the traditional Jewish food served at Hanukkah time. Ask a Jew, “What is Hanukkah about?” and they can explain Hanukkah and all Jewish holidays with one same story: “They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat!” Hanukkah food is round and fried in oil. Round because it's a symbol of life, and fried to remind us that a small drop of oil lasting for eight nights.
Here are 2 must-have recipes for Hanukkah.
6 medium sized potatoes
1 small onion
3 tablespoons flour, matzo meal or bread crumbs
1/2-teaspoon baking powder
Oil for frying Wash, peel and grate potatoes. Strain but not too dry. Add grated onion, salt and the egg. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients and beat into potatoes, mixing well. Heat enough oil to cover bottom of frying pan. Drop by tablespoonful into hot oil. Brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper. Delicious served with applesauce or sour cream.
Jelly Doughnuts or "Sufganiyot"
3 cups of unbleached flour (sifted) 2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 cups low fat sour cream
Canola oil for frying Jelly of your choice
Powdered sugar In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs and sour cream. Mix until well blended. Heat the oil, and when very hot add 1 tbs. of batter to the oil. Fry until doughnut puffs and becomes light brown, then turn and cook on the other side. Repeat until all doughnuts are cooked. Set cooked doughnuts on a paper towel to cool (the paper towel will also absorb the excess oil). Poke a small hole into each doughnut and fill with jelly of your choice. Sprinkle the doughnuts with powdered sugar and serve immediately.