The Festival of Lights – also known as Hanukkah – started December 12. As my YouTube video shows, there are many myths about Hanukkah which I was happy to dispel.

Hanukkah is not “Jewish Christmas”! But yes, we play dreidel. And yes, we eat oily food on this holiday to commemorate the miracle of oil lasting 8 nights when it looked to be only enough for one night.

Even if you’re not Jewish, you are welcome to play the thrilling game of dreidel (instructions can be found HERE), and you can still partake in our oily food!

Below is my favorite recipe for Latkes (potato pancakes) from my cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table. I make them vegan, but you can also use an egg to bind them if you want to. (I don’t want you to; I’m just letting you know that it’s possible!)

My book also includes a variation made with carrots and dill for a more sophisticated latke experience.

Both recipes are lovely with applesauce or sour cream (again: I use the vegan kind), or ketchup if you want to be like my weird family.

Check out the book for a more labor intensive, but super duper worth it recipe for vegan sufganiyot (donuts). Typically, they are filled with jelly. I find it unbelievably messy to fill them, so we just make them unfilled with powdered sugar.

If you’re the kind of person who eats super healthy, these are not for you. They are fried in oil. Legit oil. But! If you eat mostly healthy most of the time, I think you might want to go wild just this once!

Happy Hanukkah!!!