Trending Foods of Israel for Hanukkah

On the 25th day of the month of Kislev, the Jewish calendar, the famous event named Hanukkah is celebrated. During this event, families eat a number of traditional dishes that have become quite popular on the global level. This Jewish holiday further celebrates many traditions like lighting the menorah and playing the dreidel game along with revival of stories of the Maccabees.

The traditions entail a number of things. Even though this traditional holiday doesn’t entail opening of the presents, it is still somehow related to the Christmas and has created a whole new tradition of purchasing presents for children.

Moreover, the holiday’s conventional food are not for the faint of heart because most of them are either fried or loaded with a lot of cheese. These special treats have managed to please all kinds of people even if you do not belong to the Jewish community.

Traditional fried foods

The latkes are potato pancakes that are fried, is one of the most popular Hanukkah food. They are shredded potatoes with mixed onion, egg, flour and seasoning. It is then formed into small pancakes and fried deep in oil. These crispy treats are served with sour cream on the side.

We have now a lot of alterations to the traditional recipe. There are also several international editions of this amazing recipe. From scallion pancakes to curried sweet potato, there are many other forms of latkes.

Another deep fried delicacy is deep-fried jelly-filled donuts named the sufganiyot. These are conventionally enjoyed during Hanukkah in Israel and is found favorable by most of the children all across the globe.

Traditional meats

Once the Hanukkah menorah is lighted up, the guest and other people around would enjoy sitting down to a traditional meat menu, especially on the Friday night of Hanukkah. Brisket is one internationally recognized dish that is put on the tables of Jews. This slow-cooked meat is a welcoming and warming dish.

Roasted chicken is often added by many cooks along with latkes. Many home cooks and professional chefs tend to add their own creativity in their food to make it look more appealing and make the tradition more interesting.

Traditional dairies and desserts

Eating dairy products is one of the traditions of this whole event, especially the cheese to commemorate the Jewish heroine named Judith. Recipes of spinach tidbit appetizers, sugared pecan salad and grilled salmon filled with cheese is one of the popular savories.

The desert range is vast as well. There is a number of traditional deserts that Jews tend to enjoy during this event. From Hanukkah sugar cookies to the conventional donuts, there is a lot to celebrate. This event provides the perfect opportunity to try the olive oil cake or something unique like Hanukkah gelt cookies.


These were the traditional cuisine of this event. Israel is known for its cuisine and tends to be highly popular when it comes to Hanukkah. These foods are a must try irrespective of your race, cast or nationality.



A Valentine’s Day Dessert Certain to Impress

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Unique Dessert Idea for Valentine’s Day

Does your significant other love the taste of grill or smoked foods? This smoked pie recipe is sure to tickle their fancy.

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re pulling out all the stops with this dessert recipe.  Even if you’re not too keen on smoking, but you’re loved one is, consider some of these grill lover gift ideas instead.

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If you’re looking to impress him/her — look no further — it’s likely they’ve never had this pie. Sure, we’ve all had lemon meringue pie, but smoked lemon meringue is a whole new beast.



  • 1 Pie Dough
  • 7 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp of Heavy Cream
  • 1 ½ Cups of Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup of Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp of Lemon Zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Smoked Meringue Pie

It’s not what you think about when thinking about your grill: a sweet and tasty dessert.

A smoked lemon meringue pie is just what the doctor ordered for your Valentine’s Day dessert. You’ll find this dessert is the perfiect combination of colorful, packed full of flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. You’ll be smoking this pie over an applewood, pecan, or most any other fruit wood.

Fire up your smoker/grill

If you’re using a traditional Weber style grill prepare for an indirect cook at about 225 °F. For indirect cooking place all the coals on one side of the grill and the food on the other; another option: place coals on opposite ends of the grills leaving a space in the center where the food will sit. No matter how you arrange the coals, indirect cooking involves cooking food without the use of direct heat. To reach the ideal temperature of 225 °F use 50 – 55 briquettes.

Once your grill/smoker is at the ideal smoking temperature prepare to smoke the pie mixture:

Combine the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice into a bowl. Mix the ingredients together and pour them onto a shallow baking sheet and toss it into your smoker/grill. Let is smoke for about 35 minutes.
Upon removing the sheet from the grill, allow it to cool and then heat up your grill to 350 F.

Creating the Pie

Prepare a surface to roll out the dough, be sure it is generously covered in flour. Roll out the pie dough till it is about an 8th of an inch thick. Roll up the pie dough around the rolling pin to place it on a pie plate.

Once the dough has been moved into the pie plate crimp the edges then it’s ready to move to the freezer for about 45 minutes.

In a bowl add 1 egg and the heavy cream. Then use a brush to take the egg wash and apply it to the edges of the pie. Next, place a piece of parchment on the pie, then add a sheet of tin foil on top of it.

Add pie weights to the pie and bake for 16 to 19 minutes (or until crust is cooked through). Remove the pie weights, the tin foil and parchment paper, then let the crust cook for another 5 min (or until the edges turn golden brown).
Allow the crust to cool while you finish up the rest of the pie.


In a bowl mix 3 eggs, 3 egg yolks and your specialty previously smoked ingredients. Whisk it all together till it is fully mixed.

Fill up an average sized pot with about 3 inches of water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Then place the bowl from the previous step on top of it. This will allow the lemon filling to cook over the next 10 minutes (or until the mixture coats the entire back of the spoon); the most important part about this step is to be constantly whisking the mixture.

Bake the Filling

Remove the bowl from the heat as you whisk in the butter. Next, pour the filling into the pie crust and bake it for about 20 minutes or until the filling is set (but not too firm, it should still jiggle a bit). Remove from heat and let it cool before transferring it to the refrigerate to sit overnight.

The Meringue

Combine the remaining egg whites and sugar into a pot. Place the pot over medium heat and cook for about 2-3 min (the mixture should be warm and the sugar should be dissolved).

Pour the mix into a stand mixer and beat it on high using the whisk attachment; do this until the egg whites are fluffy and white. Next, add the vanilla extract and beat for a brief second.

Create the Masterpiece

To do this you will be piping on the meringue or just spreading it on top of the pie. Next use a torch or the broil setting on your oven to brown the top of the meringue; high levels of brief intense heat is the key to that beautiful golden color meringue pies are known for.

Serve ASAP…

BBQ Food Ideas for Your Next Festive Engagement

Entertaining BBQ Diner Ideas

There are of course some typical ideas that come to mind when the word BBQ is mentioned. There are no limits to the taste options at your disposal when you are looking to fire up the grill. The best thing about cooking on the grill is that it’s a great way to enjoy conversation while breathing in the great aroma of meat cooking to perfection.   

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The ideal barbecue dishes are best complimented with tasty vegetables.  

The BBQ Chicken

The best part of grilling chicken is that it is versatile and can be used for almost any given situation and occasion. Chicken also cooks quickly so it means you can spend more time enjoying your company. 

Most barbecue is accompanied by a choice of dressing that is served with the main dish, in this case, chicken; it can be combined with practically any type of dressing.  Selecting the right dressing sets the tone for the rest of the side dishes which will be served together.

The best part of using chicken is its versatility. Almost anything will complement it. So if you have guests who may be bringing sides to your gathering, chicken is a safe play. 

The Grilled Burger

It must be pointed out that grilling offers a certain smokiness that is second to none.  The flavors come to life when combining they smoky flavors with other sides such baked beans, corn on the cob, and even grilled veggies.

A burger can be done in a variety of meat including chicken and beef to count on the more popular ones.  The fine cut of meat would decide on the amount of grease that comes into the grill and in a burger in particular, the grease and the right amount of grease is always important.  The traditional taste of a burger is to combine the grease and in the right amounts as well.  

Of course the meat in a burger is important but equally of significance is the role of the correct measure of the veggies as well.  Most grilled burgers offer a certain grill element to the vegetables in use on most occasions and this is a defining aspect to creating a proper burger at best.  

Salmon On Grill

Few varieties of fish do offer the oiliness of the Salmon and it is best brought out in the Salmon grill more than anything else.  On an open air grill the sizzle of the salmon is matched by the certain pungent smell of the oils of the fish that contributes to a good taste as well as a notable dinner.  

The outdoor grill is just the right place to present the Salmon to the grill.  This would be the right combination to have on a particularly balmy night and with the right mix of the veggies is simply delectable.  It is also the more healthy option when compared to the other meat on offer for the grill.  

Pork Ribs

The ribs on any meat would be one of the most tender available and in particular with the pork, it would form one of the most delectable cuts of meat as well. For a true rib cooking experience try smoking them as this brings a whole new flavor and tenderness to the table – who knows, maybe you’ll find you’re a true Meat Geek!

It must be said of the Pork ribs that it could combine with a lot of wines and beverages.  The best of hosts take the effort to present the ribs along with a good choice of wines to the diner.  Rarely is the rib grill combined with any form of vegetable as such.  

The Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are a generic term that the Americans have given to any form of sausage that is offered to the grill.  There are other more convenient ways of preparing the dogs but none can quite beat the taste to be had that a typical grill can offer the meat.  Most chilly evenings are just right to be spending around the grill with a properly topped up glass in hand.  

That the hot dogs are rather convenient to have on the grill for their ease of cooking as well as the simplicity of form is well known.  Most people are at home tucking into a good thick dog even in the late evenings.  Rarely is there a case of an overcooked or on underdone hot dog and that could be why it is the preferred meat at most occasions.