Vanessa, also known as Chefdruck, is a foodie, writer and mom living in Chicago with her husband and four children. Whether you're planning a holiday dinner party or small impromptu get together with friends, Vanessa has easy menu ideas and helpful tips to minimize your time in the kitchen so you have more time to spend with your friends and family. Vanessa's personal blog can be found at chefdruck.com
Cooking for Hanukkah can be a challenge because the holiday lasts eight nights. Competing against the excitement of Christmas would be tricky enough for one night, but maintaining the excitement for an entire week and a day is something of a miracle. It is a fitting challenge considering that Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the miracle of an oil lamp burning in a sacred Jerusalem temple for 8 days with only enough oil for one night.
Tradition dictates that Jewish families serve sweet fried foods during Hanukkah to represent the miraculous oil. Although my children would be thrilled to eat nothing other than donuts for an entire week, I like to supplement our Hanukkah meals with something a little more substantial.
My favorite Hannukah dish is a sweet and buttery Noodle Kugel. Each bite is the definition of winter comfort food with its crispy cinnamon crust, its plump raisins and its noodles coated with sweet cream. Noodle kugel tastes like a sweet dessert, but claims its place as an entrée thanks to the cream cheese and noodles. No child or adult is able to resist its charms and can resist having a second helping. Although this recipe requires a large baking dish, consider doubling it to have two kugels to last you the full eight days of Hanukkah.
1 package (16 oz.) wide egg noodles
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 pacakges (3 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup golden rasisins or raisins (optional)
8 cups Kellogg's Corn Flakes® cereal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Time to Serve: 6 Hours 10 Minutes