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Bourekas: Savory Cheese-Filled Pastries

These cheese-filled pastries are relatively easy to make — if you purchase the dough to make your feta-filled bourekas. Flaky filo dough makes the best bourekas, but you can also use puff pastry and pie [more…]

Falafel (Fried Chickpea Nuggets)

Serve spicy falafel in a sandwich, as an appetizer, or as a snack. Falafel is made of soaked dried chickpeas, not cooked or canned ones. When the falafel balls are deep fried, the chickpeas become cooked [more…]

Challah (Egg Bread)

Challah, or hallah, is a delicious bread with a deep brown crust and soft white crumb. Challah has become the best-loved egg bread in much of the United States. Baking challah at home is a joy because [more…]

Mushroom Asparagus Noodle Kugel

When asparagus is plentiful, it can make a delicious addition to noodle kugel with sautéed mushrooms and onions. You can also make this noodle kugel with broccoli if fresh asparagus isn’t available. [more…]

Rice Pilaf with Apricots, Almonds, and Cashews

Rice pilaf garnished with nuts and fruit is a favorite Jewish special occasion dish. This lively, colorful rice pilaf dish accompanies chicken, turkey, and beef equally well. You can also make this dish [more…]

Potato Latkes

These potato latkes (or potato pancakes) are lacy and crisp, and they’re always a hit at parties and dinners. Serve these potato latkes with their traditional partners — applesauce and sour cream. [more…]

Tips for Making Latkes for Hanukkah

After the Hanukkah candle lighting, it’s time for singing songs and feasting on latkes. Making latkes is pretty easy, but the tips included here will help you make the best latkes for your Hanukkah celebration [more…]

How to Make Light and Crispy Potato Latkes

Ideal latkes (potato pancakes) are lacy and crisp — and this recipe delivers. Delicious potato latkes are always a hit at parties and dinners or as a savory snack. Serve them with applesauce, sour cream [more…]

How to Make Spicy Vegetable Latkes

Although potatoes are by far the most popular latke, you can make latkes from other vegetables, too. They become a welcome change during Hanukkah; not everyone wants to eat potato pancakes every day. [more…]

How to Make Lowfat Corn Latkes

Using corn in two ways ¯ as a puree and as whole kernels ¯ makes these latkes absolutely delicious. Corn latkes are incredibly quick and easy to prepare, too. You can make them ahead of your Hanukkah celebration [more…]

How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce for Hanukkah Latkes

Most people simply serve their Hanukkah latkes with applesauce from a jar. Try making your own applesauce instead for entertaining or to be true to tradition. Homemade applesauce is tastier than store-bought [more…]

Savory Leek and Mushroom Topping for Hanukkah Latkes

This savory leek and mushroom topping for Hanukkah latkes is scented with cumin and thyme. It enlivens any vegetable or potato pancakes. If you’re including dairy foods on the menu, top each latke with [more…]

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