Hanukkah, known as the Festival of Lights, starts on December 18. If you haven’t decided how you’re celebrating this year (or what you’re serving), we’ve got your back. The Jewish celebration honors the Maccabean Revolt against their oppressors, which led to the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Legend has it that the temple’s menorah miraculously stayed lit for eight days, even though there was only a small amount of oil (y’all remember the Rugrats episode, right?).
Today, people all over the world symbolically light their own menorahs for eight consecutive nights, plus exchange gifts and share some seriously delicious meals. With that in mind, here’s our guide to the best Hanukkah food to make this year, whether you’re hosting or a guest.