Some traditional Hanukkah recipes include those for potato latkes, brisket and rugelach, a type of cookie filled with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Other traditional Hanukkah recipes are those for noodle kugel and matzo ball soup.
A latke is a type of pancake made from potatoes, and is a staple during the Hanukkah season. Latkes can either be pan-fried, the traditional way to prepare them, or preparers can fry them in the oven, which reduces both the fat content and cook time of the recipe. The basic ingredients for potato latkes are shredded potatoes, onion, egg, salt, baking powder, herbs and vegetable oil. The shredded potatoes are combined with all the ingredients except the oil to make a sort of "batter," then shaped into pancakes and fried in a skillet with the vegetable oil. Latkes are traditionally served with sides of sour cream and applesauce.
Noodle kugel is another traditional Hanukkah recipe. This casserole includes cooked egg noodles, butter, eggs, sour cream, sugar, cream cheese and apples, seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. After combining the eggs, sugar and dairy ingredients, and caramelizing the apples in the butter and spices, mix all the ingredients together in a large baking dish and bake it for a half hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. As this dish is both savory and sweet, it can be served either at Hanukkah dinner or for breakfast some time during the course of the holiday.