8 Foods to Fry Up for Hanukkah

The first night of Hanukkah is history, meaning that by now you've probably fried up your fair share of latkes -- or, if you're like me, narrowly avoided a fist fight at Trader Joe's yesterday afternoon over the last two boxes of frozen potato pancakes.

So now what? Seven more days and you're already latke-d out. (If you're not, don't miss Andy Broder's great latke post from last week.) No worries. The trend more and more is to fry up any old thing, toss some blue and silver tinsel around and call it Hanukkah. After all, Judah and the Maccabees were all about the oil -- not what was cooked in it. Here are eight more tasty treats to fry up before that last candle's lit. Consider it our Hanukkah gift to you.

8. Endive

Deep-fried endive. This sounds vaguely healthy, don't you think? No? Oh, who cares. You've already blown it with the egg nog and cookies. Go for it. Food writer Leah Koenig calls it torzelli and explains it's a tradition among Roman Jews.

7. Jalapeno popper fritters with tomato salsa

These'll go down good with shots of Manischewitz, don'tcha think?

6. Donuts

Called sufganiot, jelly-filled donuts are far more popular in Israel than latkes. I even found a story about vodka-infused donuts, designed to make your Hanukkah celebration (and your hangover) extra special.  You can make your own, but oy, what a mess! Instead, check out our list of favorite donut spots in the Valley.

5. Taiglach

If you're feeling adventuruous, go for this one -- it's a traditional dessert dredged in honey and served for many different Jewish holidays, particularly Hanukkah. The fried dough is cookie-esque and delicious. Here's a recipe from Epicurious.

4. Chicken

I can think of no place I'd rather celebrate Hanukkah than Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles. Can you? If you want to fry up that bird at home, here's a recipe for Crispy Spiced Fried Chicken. (Warning: This recipe contains milk products, so it won't work if you keep kosher.)

3. Zucchini

Again, here's a way to pretend you're eating healthy. Stick anything in a latke and it's sure to clog your arteries -- and taste delicious. Recipe here.

2. Lamb

These lamb and bulgar wheat croquettes (aka kibbeh) are a Middle Eastern treat -- very appropriate for Hanukkah. And they sound super-delicious. Here's Saveur's recipe.

1. Turkey

Christmas and Hanukkah overlap this year, so why not deep-fry your Christmas turkey to include the Jews at the table? Paula Deen's recipe is filed under Southern Thanksgiving but it works for Jewish Christmas, too.  

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at