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Crispy Potato Latkes

It is a holiday tradition to fry latkes in hot oil, but here shredded potato-and-onion pancakes get a coating of matzo crumbs, are pan-fried in a small amount of oil and finished in a hot oven for a few minutes. The golden-crisp results have only 4 grams of fat and 100 calories per serving—truly a miracle.

» Crispy Potato Latkes

Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding

Sweet caramelized pears are the highlight of this comforting, custardy, raisin-studded bread pudding. When turned out of its baking dish, the flanlike pudding sits in a pool of intense caramel syrup, making it worthy of any holiday table. Serve warm or chilled.

» Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding

Oven Barbecued Brisket

A relatively inexpensive cut of meat, a brisket needs to tenderize overnight before it's baked. Here we use a full-flavored, smoky barbecue dry rub, then it's slowly baked and basted. Brisket cuts are notoriously fatty, but the flat "first-cut" section is a far better choice for healthy eating than the fattier "point cut." It may be worth calling ahead to make sure your supermarket or butcher has one on hand.

» Oven Barbecued Brisket

Winter Squash & Chicken Tzimmes

Fresh orange juice and cinnamon infuse this winter squash and chicken stew. Tzimmes (pronounced "tsim-iss") can also be made with brisket and is often served during the Jewish New Year. A fairly sweet dish, it's said to offer wishes for a sweet year ahead.

» Winter Squash & Chicken Tzimmes

Bold Winter Greens Salad

For this cousin of the Caesar salad use a combination of winter greens, such as radicchio and escarole; the anchovies and lemon juice temper their bitterness. Vary the amount of garlic and anchovy according to your preference.

» Bold Winter Greens Salad

Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey with Roasted Fennel

Pair turkey cutlets with roasted fennel and a rich pomegranate pan sauce for a simple yet elegant dish. Garnish with jewel-like fresh pomegranate seeds if available—they are in season from September through January. Turkey scallopini (thinner and smaller than cutlets) will also work in this recipe, but will need to be cooked in batches.

» Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey with Roasted Fennel

Golden Turmeric Latkes with Applesauce

These crispy-on-the-outside-and-tender-on-the-inside latkes are delicious paired with a subtly spicy clove-scented applesauce.

» Golden Turmeric Latkes with Applesauce


Potato latkes—the crispy golden pancakes that are symbolic of the Jewish festival of lights—are all about the oil. After all, the point of Hanukkah is to celebrate the miraculous way that one day’s worth of consecrated olive oil kept the Jerusalem temple lamp burning for eight days. Unfortunately, most latke recipes today rely on what seems like an eight-day supply of oil (or trans-fat-laden shortening products) to achieve the desired taste and crispiness. But celebrating the Festival of Lights doesn’t have to raise your cholesterol. Try one of our lighter latke recipes (or copy our techniques with your own recipe) and surprise your family and friends with less fat this year. We’ve also included some main dish and dessert recipes to round out your celebration. Have a happy, healthy Hanukkah with these healthy Hanukkah recipes.

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