This year, the last night of Hanukkah falls on New Year’s Eve, making for a doubly festive evening. By this time, you’ll probably be craving something other than latkes and jelly donuts. Fried kugel, fried cheese curds, and off-kilter sufganiyot might just be the perfect way to celebrate Hanukkah while ringing in the New Year.
Like most fried foods, these appetizers are definitely meant for sharing and noshing. You can make several of them ahead of time, but the fried cheese curds are best served warm! They go perfectly with champagne or this cranberry-orange Moscato Punch.
Fried Cheese Curds and Mini Latkes
Brisket-Stuffed Papas Rellenas
Schnitzel Strips with Green Tahini Dip
Savory Manchego and Quince Turnovers
Deviled Eggs with Schmaltz and Gribenes (deep fried chicken skins)
Milky Way Stuffed Donut Holes from Sheri Silver at Babble
Pronounced: KHAH-nuh-kah, also ha-new-KAH, an eight-day festival commemorating the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks and subsequent rededication of the temple. Falls in the Hebrew month of Kislev, which usually corresponds with December.