Eight Crazy Nights Of Fried Food For Hanukkah

Hanukkah is celebrated in many ways, but most importantly (and deliciously), it's celebrated by eating fried food.

Challah French Toast

The only thing better than French toast is challah French toast that's been soaked in rum. Fry and top with maple syrup for a festive breakfast.

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Blinis with Smoked Salmon

Make a huge batch of blinis (little buckwheat pancakes) fried in clarified butter for your Hanukkah party and keep them in a warm oven to serve hot.

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Sweet-Potato Chips

These sweet-potato chips get a shallow fry before heading into the oven. Slice sweet potatoes by hand for a rustic chip or carefully on a mandolin for a more refined version.

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Latkes are synonymous with Hanukkah. Prep them, fry them, and then devour them while they're still hot. Serve with homemade applesauce and sour cream for ultimate fried happiness.

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Carrot Scallion Pancakes

For when you can no longer stand to look at another potato latke (or if you stick to a paleo-style diet and potatoes are a no-no) try these non-traditional but still delicious fried pancakes.

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Fried Chicken

Though not a traditional Hanukkah dish, this fried chicken might just become a new holiday tradition. Season the flour before coating the chicken to ensure maximum flavor.

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Matzo Brei

Matzo brei is essentially French toast made with cracker-like matzo instead of bread. Make it sweet by topping it with some cinnamon-sugar, or savory with some lox and crème fraîche.

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Sufganiyot are round jelly-stuffed doughnuts, deep-fried and rolled in sugar, primarily eaten in Israel to celebrate Hanukkah. You'll want to eat these all year-round.

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