Chanukah is just around the corner, I can't believe it! I'm still going strong with my post-Tishrei diet which excludes dairy and, as of two days ago, gluten. So let's just say I'm living vicariously by compiling these recipes, and boy do they look good. In addition to latkes and doughnuts, having a dairy meal is another Chanukah tradition. The dairy meal is connected to women in particular because it was Yehudis who helped win the war against the Greeks by feeding their commander salty cheese and copious amounts of wine before killing him and sending the Greek army into chaos. Just a little food for thought! The Italian Chanukah party is a great way to pay homage to the strong women in your life and is a festive way to participate in the traditional Chanukah dairy meal.
Pizza Table: Make multiple mini pizzas to satisfy everyone’s preferred topping and create a WOW-worthy reaction. Make things easier by making the same pizza base (Margherita, for example) and vary the different toppings. And if you choose (no judgement here!) buy prepared dough for 2 minute pizza prep.
Butternut Squash and Arugula Pizza with Salad (unique pizza, great simple salad for large crowd!)
Pasta Table: Pizza and Pasta, what more could a carb-aholic like me ask for? The Pasta table is a great opportunity to experiment with quality ingredients to dress up the pasta, but will still keep the budget down because you can use relatively small amounts of each. Trust me, a small crumble of high quality cheese or a sprinkling of fresh herbs goes a long way.
Vegetable Table: Show case in season vegetables and break the carb monotony with crispy fresh salads. And showcase the irresistible Caprese Latkes!
Dessert Table: Chanukah, that one time a year when you can use religion as an excuse to eat a doughnut. For this dessert table channel the Italian art of creating something simple yet delicious. The papanash make use of the dough from the doughnuts’ center, while the zeppoles show how a simple dusting of sugar elevates an easy dessert.
Check out more Chanukah recipes here!