Hanukkah Appetizer Recipes

Knishes, smoked fish dip, chopped liver, and hummus--find all your favorite recipes for celebrating Hanukkah.

Staff Picks

Cheese Fritters

Rating: 4.53 stars
These fritters are made with cheese then fried in oil, so they are a perfect addition to your Hanukkah table. Serve them hot with jam on the side.

Grandma's Chopped Liver

Rating: 4.75 stars
Liver is simmered in chicken broth and ground with hard cooked egg and three different preparations of onion to make the best chopped liver ever.
By aj

Cheese Bourekas

Rating: 4.55 stars
Middle-Eastern style puff pastry pockets filled with cheese. Great served as an appetizer or the traditional Israeli way for breakfast with salad, olives, cheese, and plain yogurt. Could also be filled with leftover mashed potatoes, or a spinach and feta mixture.

Smoked Fish Dip

Rating: 4.63 stars
This recipe for smoked fish dip is world class, puts most others to shame, and is served in several prominent restaurants on the gulf coast of Florida. We used smoked whitefish, well boned, but any other smoked fish should work. Serve with crackers, lemon or lime wedges, and capers.

Mackerel Dip

Rating: 4.76 stars
Savory and spicy, this mayo-based dip is made with canned mackerel.

Hummus III

Rating: 4.55 stars
Hummus is a pureed garbanzo bean dip with Middle Eastern origins. Serve with pita and an assortment of fresh vegetables. This is the secret combination straight from a Boston restaurant. Tahini, or sesame seed paste, can be found in health food stores, gourmet shops and even many grocery stores.

Salmon Puffs

Rating: 4.06 stars
Delightful salmon and feta cheese filling wrapped in puff pastry. I have substituted spinach and cooked tiny shrimp for salmon in this recipe too.

Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)

Rating: 4.22 stars
Authentic chummus is very different and SO much tastier than its American counterpart. This chummus is creamy and delicate in taste rather than overpowered with garlic or thick and pasty. It is eaten warm, fresh, and as a whole meal spread out in a dish and drizzled with fresh olive oil. It is scooped up with pita, raw onion slices, or just a fork. Do NOT use canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)!


Rating: 4.68 stars
An easy, quick applesauce recipe. I have doubled it and canned it so we always have some on hand. My family loves it.

Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

Rating: 4.78 stars
I find this technique much easier than the stovetop pan method. You'll get beautiful, perfectly frosted nuts that are roasted evenly, with no bitter burned spots.

Easy Apple Strudel

Rating: 4.25 stars
This apple strudel recipe is very simple to make, yummy and best of all, inexpensive.

Fresh Applesauce

Rating: 4.57 stars
Just a plain and simple applesauce to serve with latkes.

Inspiration and Ideas

Hummus III
Rating: Unrated
"My hubby thought hummus was just okay...until I made THIS recipe! Drizzling olive oil, parsley, and paprika on top is the perfect touch at serving." – BRIGHTPURPLE
Kicked-Up Olives
Rating: Unrated
Mixed olives with tangerine peel, spices, and sweet onion, served warm.

Bread Machine Challah II

Rating: 4.5 stars

Absolutely delicious. I have a two pound bread machine and use it to make the Challah dough. It freezes well.