A Hanukkah Brunch Party Menu

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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We have shared tons of recipes for Hanukkah, new recipes for Thanksgivukkah and tons of Hanukkah menus and table ideas.  The other day, someone on facebook asked for menu ideas for a day time party.  She said they were having a family get together the Sunday after Thanksgiving and were going to be having lunch, what did we suggest.  I realized that we never shared a menu for people to use during the day.  Most people stay together for a Hanukkah party so they can light candles together, but that doesn't work for everyone and some people need to get their kids home and to bed early (I remember those days).  Some people might even call everyone over for a lunch and then family can stay through to light candles and still get home for dinner.   So, let's thank our Facebook friend for reminding me to share this menu.  My feeling is that most of the daytime parties will be on Sunday, which means brunch goes all day.  And since latkes are always in order, a brunch menu is perfect.  Latkes go so well with eggs and/or smoked salmon, the possibilities are endless.

Honestly, I can't decide, so here are a couple options...

Menu 1

This is a latin inspired meal combining the influences of Spain and Mexico, I would lay out a platter of tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole.  Maybe some plantain chips if desired and if you can even add on cheese or fake meat empanadas if desired.  Then serve..

Don't leave out the festive drink - this one can be made without alcohol too.

And for a twist on traditional doughnuts, try the Churro.

Menu 2

This menu is a more classic brunch stepped up a bit.  You could easily just serve your favorite potato latke with smoked salmon on top.  If you haven't had it before, you will wonder what took you so long.  For this menu you could leave out a platter of crudites, some nice vegetables with dip, like this Blue Cheese Dip.  Maybe some olives and pickles too or even a hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip with french bread.

Go with a simple mimosa for the beverage of choice with this meal.

Make sure to put on a rich pot of coffee and serve with these sweet doughnuts.

Have a very happy Hanukkah!!!