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Let’s Get Ready for Hanukkah! 24 Recipes for Your Holiday Table

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Hanukkah is coming and there are so many wonderful seasonal foods to enjoy! We have the best recipes for roast chicken, brisket, potato pancakes, cous cous, doughnuts, noodle kugel, tsimmes, mandelbrot, applesauce (even a guava version!), vegetarian options, and more. And speaking of doughnuts, we have jelly, mochi, brioche and crème brûlée! And a Nutella babka made from brioche dough!

Latkes – Potato Pancakes

Low FODMAP Potato Pancakes. Latkes.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Classic potato pancakes, fried till crisp. Serve with sour cream, applesauce, or both! Get the recipe.

Rainbow Potato Pancakes

Low FODMAP Rainbow Potato Pancakes.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

These Vegetable Latkes, as you can see in the colorful images, are a little different. Each one is a 50/50 blend of starchy russet potatoes and either (left to right in image) zucchini, carrots or beets. You can brighten up your table with these one evening- adding a little color to your plate and palate. Get the recipe.

Gluten-Free Donuts

Low FODMAP Jelly Donuts.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

This gluten-free donuts recipe is extra springy and spongy; they are filled with jelly before frying and are best enjoyed as fresh as possible. Get the recipe.

Rolled Sugar Cookies

Low FODMAP Hanukkah cookies on white plate.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Our gluten free Rolled Sugar Cookie dough forms the basis for these celebratory Hanukkah Sugar Cookies. The winter months bring several opportunities to celebrate. Use any shaped cookie cutter you like, but we love these menorahs and dreidels. Get the recipe.

Sweet & Sour Brisket with Red Wine, Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

Low FODMAP Sweet & Sour brisket on oval platter.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

The sweet and sour approach in this brisket is found in many Jewish recipes – perhaps because brisket became associated with Rosh Hashanah and dried fruit and/or sweet wine were added as a way to celebrate a “sweet” New Year. My family would make it during Passover and Hanukkah as well and the “sweet” flavors sometimes carried over. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Low FODMAP Beef stew.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

If you are a slow cooker fan, then this recipe probably won’t come as a surprise. After all, pot roast is a slow cooker classic. Rich with tomato paste and red wine, tons of flavor from leek and scallion greens sautéed in Shallot Infused Oil, bay leaf, thyme and sweet root vegetables. It comes together very easily and the complex flavors work their magic over time, right in the slow cooker. We also have an Instant Pot Beef Stew! Get this recipe.

Orange Rosemary Roast Chicken

Low FODMAP Orange Rosemary Roast Chicken.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

I don’t mean to get preachy, but y’all have to have a simple whole roast chicken in your arsenal. I make one every week – and this recipe for Orange Rosemary Roast Chicken is easy to make. This means you can rest easy and KNOW that it is a perfect main dish item for us to have in our regular rotation. Get the recipe.

Spatchcocked Chicken with Sourdough Croutons & Schmaltz

Low FODMAP Spatchocked Chicken with Sourdough Croutons.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

One-Pan Chicken Dinner to Schmaltz Nirvana. We want to sing the praises of schmaltz. Don’t know what that is? It is chicken fat, plain and simple and it is like liquid gold. Let me entice you with a description of this Spatchcocked Chicken with Sourdough Croutons & Schmaltz. Get the recipe.

One-Pan Chicken, Carrots & Potatoes with Maple Mustard Sauce

Low FODMAP One Pan Chicken and Vegetables on sheet pan.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Need a one-pan meal that you can prep in less time than it takes for the oven to preheat? This One-Pan Chicken, Carrots & Potatoes with Maple Mustard Sauce is a favorite of ours. “They” say that you should never take a picture if raw chicken as it would be unappetizing. Look below. We disagree! Get the recipe.

Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemons & Olives

Low FODMAP Moroccan Chicken with Preserved lemons and Olives.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

The blend of spices – saffron, turmeric, cumin, ginger and cinnamon – might seem unusual. Combined they are indeed heady and fragrant but they are also perfectly balanced by the acidity from the Preserved Lemons as well as lemon juice. This is one dish that I do not salt at all, which is highly unusual. The salt from the Preserved Lemons and the two kinds of olives is plenty. Get the recipe.

Chicken Thighs with Grapes, Thyme & Smoked Paprika

Low FODMAP Chicken Thighs with Smoked Paprika and Grapes.
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This recipe for Chicken with Grapes, Thyme and Smoked Paprika takes advantage of the “new” trend of roasting grapes and using them in savory ways. The reason I put the quotes around “new” is because while roasted grapes have only recently hit social media, they have been cooked this way for decades such as in cailles aux raisins, the very traditional French preparation of quail with grapes. Get the recipe.

Whole Roast Chicken & Vegetables

One Pan Low FODMAP Roast Chicken and Vegetables.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Do you need another chicken recipe? YES and this Whole Roast Chicken & Vegetables is it! Once you make it, you will be able to vary it to your liking with seasoning or other vegetables. The key is a cast iron pan and a very hot oven. Get the recipe.

Maple Glazed Carrots & Parsnips

Low FODMAP Glazed carrots and Parsnips.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Did you know that it takes 40 quarts of maple sap to make just 1 quart of maple syrup? This is one reason why it is pricey, but there is nothing like it. Here we use a tiny bit to add a gentle sweetness to root vegetables in our Maple Glazed Carrots & Parsnips. This is a one-pot dish made in a skillet in about 10 minutes. A perfect accompaniment to roast chicken or meatloaf. Get the recipe.

Carrot & Potato Tsimmes

Low FODMAP carrot and potato tsimmes in blue casserole.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

In Yiddish the word tsimmes has two broad meanings. It can reference a stew made of vegetables, often with fruit, almost always with some sort of dried fruit and sometimes meat as well. It also means “a mess” or “a fuss”, as in “why are you making such a tsimmes?” Get the recipe.

Gluten-Free Noodle Kugel

Low FODMAP Lactose-Free Gluten-Free Noodle Kugel on plate.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Our gluten-free noodle kugel is comfort food itself. Get the recipe.

Gluten-Free Rugelach

Low FODMAP Gluten-Free Rugelach on pan.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Rugelach, now lactose-free and gluten-free! Sweet, with cinnamon and chewy raisins. Get the recipe.

Simple Coconut Macaroons

Low FODMAP Simple Macaroons on blue plate.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

We have several macaroons recipes, because frankly we can’t get enough of them! These Simple Coconut Macaroons are the easiest of them all and require just a few ingredients. Get the recipe.

Gluten Free Mandelbrot!

Low FODMAP Mandelbrot held in hand.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

I grew up with Mandelbrot, so I knew that I wanted to re-create one for my current gluten-free approach. I give you Gluten-Free Mandelbrot! Tender, yet crisp. Sweet, but not too sweet. And perfect for dunking in your favorite hot beverage (black tea for me). Get the recipe.

Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket

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This cranberry holiday beef brisket is seriously amazing. It’s a lovely dish for the holiday season, Jewish holidays or any time of year you’re feeling festive. A large brisket with fresh cranberries or cranberry jelly is a great recipe for any holiday, special occasion or simply because it’s delicious enough to have any day! Get the recipe.

Homemade Guava Applesauce

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This homemade guava applesauce is one of the most delicious applesauce variations. Applesauce is already pretty amazing and goes with so many different foods, both sweet and savoury. But this recipe takes the classic one up a notch, adding the tropical taste of guava into the mix with the guava flavoured applesauce. You will be surprised at how easy it is to make applesauce from scratch! Get the recipe.

The BEST Holiday Roasted Chicken

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The key to the best holiday roasted chicken might lie in the simplicity of the recipe. Also ideal for a regular weeknight dinner when you want something a little fancier, this no-fuss, one pot whole chicken is a real winner. Garlic, lemon and rosemary add subtle, delicious flavours, and you will find just about any festive side dishes go perfectly alongside this juicy chicken. Get the recipe.

The Ultimate Falafel Platter with Hummus, Tahini, Tzatziki & More

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This falafel platter is a lavish combination of homemade crispy falafel, tzatziki sauce, harissa hummus, maple dijon tahini sauce, an easy Middle Eastern cucumber tomato chopped salad, and many other things. It will be the star of your dinner party or picnic. Get the recipe.

Couscous with Pecans and Cranberries

Photo credit: Beth Mueller.

This meal prep-able couscous recipe is super flexible for any meal. Give it a boost with olive oil, balsamic, vinegar, dried fruit, nuts, and tasty cheeses. Get the recipe.

Mochi Donuts

Photo credit: Corrie Cooks.

Are you food lover seeking a unique culinary adventure? A devoted donut enthusiast searching for a new twist on an old favorite? Today, we embark on a mouthwatering journey to discover the irresistible charm of mochi donuts. Get the recipe.

Creme Brulee Donuts

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Impress your friends with this new take on a classic dessert.

These creme brulee donuts are filled with delicate pastry cream and finished with a crunchy caramel topping. Get the recipe.

Nutella Babka

Photo credit: Katalin Nagy.

Super delicious Nutella babka made of fluffy and buttery brioche dough that is twisted around the best homemade Nutella filling is probably one of the most delicious recipes on my blog, the one that always warms my heart!

I hope (in fact I know!) you will fall in love with this recipe as much as I did! Once you learn how to make Babka with Nutella with the help of my step-by-step tutorial, you will make it over and over again with – with potentially different flavors too – I can guarantee! Get the recipe.

Brioche Donuts

Photo credit: Katalin Nagy.

Made with just eight simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, this easy brioche donut recipe is a breeze to make and the perfect addition to your breakfast or dessert menu. Believe me, when I say that these deep-fried, melt-in-your-mouth treats are so soft, fluffy, and buttery you may never return to eating regular donuts! Get the recipe.

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