Hanukkah Appetizer Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Smoked Fish Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 103
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.

Cheese Fritters

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
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.
By Allrecipes Member

Grandma's Chopped Liver

Rating: 5 stars 32
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: 4.5 stars 21
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.

Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

Rating: 5 stars 409
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.

Sarah's Knish

Rating: 4.5 stars 37
Traditional Jewish treat of little golden pastry domes filled with seasoned mashed potatoes and fried onions.

Hummus III

Rating: 4.5 stars 2273
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.

Special Occasion Smoked Bluefish Pate

Rating: 4 stars 3
This easy recipe is a classic holiday standby. Smoked bluefish is blended into a creamy, zesty spread. Smoked salmon or tuna may be substituted for bluefish. Serve with crackers.

Salmon Puffs

Rating: 4 stars 33
Delightful salmon and feta cheese filling wrapped in puff pastry. I have substituted spinach and cooked tiny shrimp for salmon in this recipe too.

A Latke Recipe for Each Night of Hanukkah (and Then Some)

Hanukkah and latkes go hand-in-hand, just like bagels and lox and peanut butter and jelly. Most of us think of latkes as fried pancakes made from shredded potatoes, onion, egg, flour, salt, and pepper. Over the years, however, this quintessential Hanukkah treat has evolved to include other vegetables and roots, herbs, spices, and seasonings. Here are our 10 favorite latkes recipes, from traditional to outside-of-the-box to add to your Hanukkah menu.
By Anna Berman

Smoked Salmon Spread

Rating: 4.5 stars 261
A delicious and easy spread that always gets many compliments. Serve it with somewhat bland crackers to taste the smoked salmon. You can add some chopped capers for more flavor, if needed. I usually serve this on a nice plate and put the spread in a mold before serving.
By wahine

Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)

Rating: 4.5 stars 94
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)!

Inspiration and Ideas

Hummus III
Rating: Unrated 2277
"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 1
Mixed olives with tangerine peel, spices, and sweet onion, served warm.
Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts
Rating: 5 stars 412

Mixed nuts coated in a spicy sugar syrup, then oven-roasted until crunchy.