Traditional and surprising recipes for Hanukkah

This Oct. 7, 2013 photo shows pumpkin latkes with spiced cranberry sour cream in Concord, N.H. Though potatoes have their own symbolism in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, it is the oil used in the frying that is particularly significant; it symbolizes the long-lasting oil burned in the temple lamps in the story of Hanukkah. And that is why there are so many latke variations, including sweet potato, onion and carrot. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Pumpkin latkes with spiced cranberry sour cream Though potatoes have their own symbolism in Hanukkah, it’s the oil used in the frying pan that is particularly significant — symbolizing the long-lasting oil burned in the temple lamps in the story of Hanukkah. So if you’re looking for latkes with a twist, try this sweet and spicy version. Find the recipe from The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows potato knishes in Concord, N.H. Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine: a baked, though sometimes fried, light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables, often potatoes, or meat. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Potato Knishes  A classic Jewish dish, these potato knishes are perfect for the holiday or as a cold-weather comfort food. Find the recipe from The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Oct. 19, 2015 photo shows zesty zucchini and feta latkes in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Zesty zucchini and feta latkes Here’s another latke recipe with a twist. Find the recipe from The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Oct. 15, 2012, gilded chocolate-dipped Hanukkah pretzels are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Chocolate-dipped Hanukkah pretzels  After the main meal, you can enjoy these sweet and salty treats. Here’s the recipe from The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on November 5, 2012, Hanukkah hash patties (leftover brisket latkes) are shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Brisket latkes Got leftover brisket? Combine it with shredded potatoes, onions and eggs to create this Hanukkah-inspired dish. Here’s the recipe from The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This September 2016 photo shows brisket with wild mushrooms, in New York. Brisket is a tough and fairly inexpensive cut of meat that gets amazingly tender after some quality time in the oven, and it requires little attention or care while it cooks. (Lucy Beni via AP)
Brisket Not only is Brisket an amazingly tender cut of meat, but it also requires little attention or care while it cooks. This recipe tops the dish with wild mushrooms. Check out the recipe here. (Lucy Beni via AP) (AP/Lucy Beni)
**FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES**    Latkes with Asian Dipping Sauce and Scallion Brushes is seen in this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 photo.  If the mess that often comes with frying latkes keeps you from enjoying them during Hanukkah look for the frozen variety that crisp up nicely in the oven.    (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
Latkes with Asian Dipping Sauce  Looking to branch out from the traditional latke this Hanukkah? Try these Chinese latkes with tangy dipping sauce. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe) (AP/Larry Crowe)
This photo taken Nov. 15, 2009 shows blintzes. The tradition of eating dairy at Hanukkah finds a good place with these lemon and dried blueberry blintzes. They have a creamy ricotta cheese filling inside, providing a tasty way to serve dairy for Hanukkah. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
Lemon and dried blueberry blintzes These blintzes are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Filled with creamy ricotta cheese, these are a tasty and sweet way to serve dairy for Hanukkah. Get the recipe here. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe) (AP/Larry Crowe)
This Nov. 14, 2010 photo shows roasted chicken with fall vegetables in Concord, N.H. The dish can be one of the less diet defeating options at your Hanukkah table this holiday season. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
Roasted chicken and fall vegetables This recipe can be a good option for those looking for a less diet-defeating option for Hanukkah. Here’s a recipe for pan-roasted chicken with vegetables. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Larry Crowe)
This Oct. 26, 2011 photo shows buttermilk sufganiyot in Concord, N.H. These sufganiyot are sweet, slightly chewy and reminiscent of the famous beignets of New Orleans.    (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Buttermilk sufganiyot Latkes may be the best-known Hanukkah dish, but puffy doughnuts offer a sweet treat that could rival the popular potato pancakes. These sufganiyot are sweet, slightly chewy and reminiscent of the famous beignets of New Orleans. Here’s the recipe from The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
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This Oct. 7, 2013 photo shows pumpkin latkes with spiced cranberry sour cream in Concord, N.H. Though potatoes have their own symbolism in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, it is the oil used in the frying that is particularly significant; it symbolizes the long-lasting oil burned in the temple lamps in the story of Hanukkah. And that is why there are so many latke variations, including sweet potato, onion and carrot. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows potato knishes in Concord, N.H. Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine: a baked, though sometimes fried, light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables, often potatoes, or meat. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Oct. 19, 2015 photo shows zesty zucchini and feta latkes in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Oct. 15, 2012, gilded chocolate-dipped Hanukkah pretzels are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on November 5, 2012, Hanukkah hash patties (leftover brisket latkes) are shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This September 2016 photo shows brisket with wild mushrooms, in New York. Brisket is a tough and fairly inexpensive cut of meat that gets amazingly tender after some quality time in the oven, and it requires little attention or care while it cooks. (Lucy Beni via AP)
**FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES**    Latkes with Asian Dipping Sauce and Scallion Brushes is seen in this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 photo.  If the mess that often comes with frying latkes keeps you from enjoying them during Hanukkah look for the frozen variety that crisp up nicely in the oven.    (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
This photo taken Nov. 15, 2009 shows blintzes. The tradition of eating dairy at Hanukkah finds a good place with these lemon and dried blueberry blintzes. They have a creamy ricotta cheese filling inside, providing a tasty way to serve dairy for Hanukkah. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
This Nov. 14, 2010 photo shows roasted chicken with fall vegetables in Concord, N.H. The dish can be one of the less diet defeating options at your Hanukkah table this holiday season. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
This Oct. 26, 2011 photo shows buttermilk sufganiyot in Concord, N.H. These sufganiyot are sweet, slightly chewy and reminiscent of the famous beignets of New Orleans.    (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Whether you’re looking to cook something sweet or savory — or maybe both — this Hanukkah, here are some recipes sure to please everyone sitting around your table. Scroll through the gallery for recipes.

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