Hanukkah Appetizer Recipes

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Sarah's Knish

Rating: Unrated
Traditional Jewish treat of little golden pastry domes filled with seasoned mashed potatoes and fried onions.

Grandma's Chopped Liver

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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.
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Cheese Bourekas

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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

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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

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Savory and spicy, this mayo-based dip is made with canned mackerel.

Hummus III

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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.
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Salmon Puffs

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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)

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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)!

Easy Apple Strudel

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


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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

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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.
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Fresh Applesauce

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Just a plain and simple applesauce to serve with latkes.

Inspiration and Ideas

Hummus III

"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

Mixed olives with tangerine peel, spices, and sweet onion, served warm.

Sweet Potato Latkes

Rating: Unrated

Sweet potatoes make delicious fried treats for Hannukah! I like to add a little variety to the traditional latke spread.