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Another Hanukkah party menu request

Scenario:
Hanukkah party
Weeknight
10 adults, 3 kids
Kosher home -- dairy meal, fish okay
One guest hates salmon

Certainly on the menu -- green salad, latkes, sour cream, applesauce, dessert (either a decorated cake or 2-3 types of cookies). We'll have wine/beer/sparkling water/milk.

So, what could the main dish be? Should there also be appetizers? Is anything else needed? Any ideas?

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  1. Truth? I wouldn't serve much else. When else do you get a chance to just gorge out on latkes? If anything, I'd add another salad or two - maybe a pasta salad and something else (Greek? Grainy? Tomato?). And add some fruit and definitely have a cake. That's it - just make sure you have lots of latkes.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      I'm with you - we never had anything but latkes, not even salad. Just a fried potato feast. I can't even imagine having other dishes to compete for my taste buds or tummy space!

      1. re: Nyleve

        I like the idea of a greek salad and some kind of grain based salad. That could work. Perhaps a pot of soup could work too. And we'll have TONS of latkes.

      2. For dessert I would suggest Soganiyot, israeli jelly filled doughnuts, to complete the channukah menu - available at most kosher bakeries - if you do not have a kosher bakery nearby - regular jelly doughtmuts will do -

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        1. re: weinstein5

          I think I don't want to do sufganiyot -- I'm very committed to homemade desserts (as are my children!), and I'm intimidate to fry doughnuts, but I look forward to eating them during Hanukkah!

          1. re: milklady

            Ruglach are a great dairy dessert often served on Hannukah, and way less scary than sufganiyot to make. Plus the kids can have fun concocting their own fillings.

            Here's the recipe I love: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

            As for a main, I'm inclined to agree with the first bunch of posters who suggested making latkes the main event.

        2. I make all that plus tuna salad and maybe jello. Who eats jello except during the holiday season?

          Instead of just one cake, I have been baking cookies and people love them. You can take one or two or ... who's counting? I make 2 or 3 kinds. It's a casual dessert and just perfect with a latke dinner.

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          1. re: ErikaZ

            Jello won't work in a kosher home. There's always Ko-Jel, but it's not easily available everywhere and it's not really that good.

          2. I would add a grain salad- like quinoa or pasta and another veggie salad. Baby spinach with tomatoes and feta or arugula with fennel and parmesean are both good. If you really want to make a main dish, my aunt usually serves fresh tuna kabobs with a bunch of dipping sauces. The adults like it because it's tasty and the kids like it because it involves a stick and sauces for dipping.

            Are you making or buying the applesauce? My friend's mother usually puts out a bunch of applesauces- regular, granny smith, blueberry, spicy.

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            1. re: cheesecake17

              I'd make a baked salmon, if one doesn't like it they could skip it. Or make a pan fried tilapia or something.

              1. re: cheesecake17

                Tuna kebabs are a great idea, but two of the women are pregnant and avoiding high mercury fish. But I should consider branching out to other kinds of fish besides salmon and tuna... Maybe halibut or tilapia or something else could work.

                1. re: milklady

                  My friend makes a tilapia dish surrounded with shingled yellow and green squash. It's really pretty and squash is 49 cents/lb right now..

              2. Some side dish or appetizer ideas: Tabbouleh Salad, Hummus dip, Grape Leaves Stuffed With Rice (rice dolmades).