16 Unique Hanukkah Recipes That Are Kosher, Unexpected, and So Delicious

Every holiday season, no matter what you celebrate, we are all united by the one overarching meaning of the holidays: eating as much food as we possibly can. I mean, also cherishing your family and being thankful for all that you have in life...but mostly food. If you celebrate Hanukkah, or have ever been invited into Jewish friends' shindigs, you know that Hanukkah is holiday of magical food and awesome desserts.

When it comes to cooking for the holidays, my friends have always been really big on tradition, too. Everybody makes the same dishes every year because they are automatic crowd pleasers, and there is some comfort in familiarity. But while you can still enjoy kosher Hanukkah dishes you know and love, there is certainly plenty of room to mix things up this year by bringing a dish to the party that nobody else has. Now, it would take too long to research that yourself (Hanukkah is NEXT WEEK, SURPRISE!), so we've collected some snazzy ideas for kosher recipes that we can almost guarantee nobody else will bring to the family potluck dinner.

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Funky Chicken With Sesame Noodles

Surprise! These aren’t just spontaneously pulled out a crack in the earth and delivered to your house at 2AM—you can make them in your own kitchen.

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Guacamole With Stuffed Whitefish

Better get on this awesome twist on guac before the great avocado shortage begins.

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Eggplant Meatballs

Someday I’m going to make these and not tell my family that they’re not actually meatballs just to watch their expression when they try some. #terriblehuman

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Chicken Shawarma

Purple Cabbage Pecan Salad

Arguably the prettiest healthy food you’ll ever eat.

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Sweet Potato Latke With Pineapple Sambal

Has anybody ever regretted frying a sweet potato? That’s what I thought.

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Thai-Flavored London Broil

This one takes a little overnight prep, so be sure to plan ahead.

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Baked Asparagus Spinach Risotta

If you eat enough vegetables you’ll kind of cosmically balance out all the dessert, right?

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Spinach And Goat Cheese Hashbrown Nests

The words “hashbrown” and “nest” are perhaps the only two words in the English language that combined have enough power to make me want to get up for an early Sunday brunch.

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Crockpot Apricot Chicken

Crockpot chicken is foolproof. There are literally four ingredients in this recipe. It is your destiny.

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Porcini Mushroom Latkes

There is pretty much an endless list of things you can do to pizzazz your latkes, but mushrooms are usually are crowd pleaser.

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Almond Crusted Tilapia

Spinach Garlic Edamame Hummus

These three flavors combined are basically the wonder triplets.

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Yakitori (Japanese Grilled Chicken Skewers)

The recipe calls for sake, which means someone is going to have to drink up those leftovers, amirite?

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Wasabi Cucumber Salad

This ought to clear your sinuses right up.

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Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake

Everyone knows that no matter how impressive the main dishes are, we’re all really just waiting for dessert.

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