When I announced an eight-day Hannukah sale, several Paleo eaters contacted me saying that what they really wanted as a present this year were Paleo Hannukah meals. Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of these in store, but I did manage to gather a couple.
Grain-free jelly donuts seems to be really pushing the idea of food substitutes and, as you can imagine, I failed to find any recipes online. However, I did find a recipe for gluten-free sufganiyot. I’m not sure how good these are, as I haven’t had the chance to try them, but if you’re up for experimentation, go for it! Please send me your results and photos for a follow-up post.
Hannukah gelt is not hard to find, but most of it is of the milk chocolate variety. However, I did find a place for dark chocolate gelt if you care to order online instead of purchasing them at your local synagogue, grocery store or Target. I have had both milk chocolate and dark chocolate gelt and like them both. I also played dreidel this year for dark chocolate covered almonds (available at Trader Joe’s, among other places) and found that it’s almost as good as playing for M&Ms, like the Israelites did. Tradition is tradition!
The most important thing about Hannukah cooking is using massive amounts of oil, so any kind of roasted root vegetables are kosher, not just white potatoes. But please don’t use bacon fat or lard for Jewish-themed meals, even if you (like me) eat plenty of pig other times of year. Olive oil works just fine.
As far as latkes, for some reason I couldn’t find a sweet potato version (without flour) posted anywhere! However, here is a recipe for Paleo latkes featuring butternut squash, which is delicious.
Feel free to post your own recipes or links in the comments if you’ve got any good finds. Happy Hannukah!
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