Hanukkah Kid Recipes

Finding some easy to make Hanukkah kid recipes can help to get your child truly involved in the Festival of Lights. Children will enjoy the fact that a lot of Hanukkah food is fried to celebrate the magical lighting of the menorah for 8 days when there was only enough oil for one day's burning.
Hanukkah is also a time of year to get together with family and friends over food, so teaching your child some simple traditional recipes can be a good way to introduce your child about cooking and about their religious heritage at the same time.

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Hanukkah Edible Menorah

You can make it with raw vegetables or steam them, like we have below.
To make this, you need:
  • 9 thin green grape slices
  • 9 asparagus spears
  • Green beans
  • Sliced carrots
  • Slice of cheese cut into a Star of David shape
Start by placing the grape slices along the plate, putting the middle one slightly higher than the rest. Next, rest the asparagus spears, with the tips over the grape slices, to make the grapes look like flames. Fashion the bottom of the menorah with the carrots slices and beans. Finish with the star on the asparagus in the center.
vegetable menorah

Potato Latkes

If you're thinking about easy to make Hanukkah kid recipes, Latkes, or Livivot as they're known in Hebrew, will be one of the first things to try. They require very few ingredients, none of them specialty items, and they always turn out well. Latkes do require frying in oil, so you may need to supervise or do this part for your child, depending on their age. potato latkes
You will need:
  • 5 large potatoes, washed but not peeled
  • 1 medium onion, peeled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon white flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Oil for frying
Using the largest holes possible, completely grate the potatoes and onions. You'll then need to use a sieve or a colander to squeeze as much of the liquid out as you can. This does involve getting your hands covered in potato and onions and children tend to enjoy this bit the most.

In a separate large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients apart from the oil. Add the squashed potato and onion mix and stir the whole thing together. This simple preparation makes Latkes one of the easiest Hanukkah kid recipes around.

Get the oil, about two tablespoons for each Latke, nice and hot in a skillet. Squash Latke mixture down so that each pancake is flat and circular. You'll need to fry them for four minutes on each side, and then set them aside on paper towels to let the oil drain. If you do more than one lot of frying, stir the mixture before cooking the next set of pancakes. Serve with apple sauce or sugar.

Chocolate Coins

Making your own chocolate coins can be a great way to personalize the Dreidel Game prize pot, and again they're one of the simplest Hanukkah kid recipes to make. You will need:chocolate coins
  • good quality chocolate
  • disposable cups
  • aluminum foil
  • any decorations you want to add such as sprinkles or jelly beans
Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove. Pour the melted chocolate into the bottom of the cups up to a quarter inch in height.

Do your decorating while the chocolate is still warm as the decorations will be more likely to stick. Let it cool and allow them to set. Then turn them out of the cups and wrap them up in the foil as neatly as possible. If you’re feeling artistic, try to draw a face on one side and a menorah on the other.

Food plays an important part around Hanukkah, and it's possible to turn complex traditional meals such as Challah or Gelt into Hanukkah kid recipes that will get you and your child working together in the kitchen. When you’re getting your child involved in cooking, make sure that they have specific roles to do within the recipe and that you offer plenty of praise and support at all times. Cooking will be a large part of their religious life as they grow older, so you need to do all you can to make it a positive and exciting experience.

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