Olive Oil Illuminates Hanukkah Dishes Every Year
Olive oil is a prominent presence in many Jewish food staples, especially during the Hanukkah, simply because this was the oil first used to light lamps after the Jews defeated foreigners in the land of Israel. The very beginning of the celebration of the eight days of Hanukkah has its origin in the olive oil.
While Jews in America may celebrate Hanukkah with latkes or sufganiyot, dishes basically originating in Central and Eastern Europe, these specialties are not made with olive oil. However, embracing the age-old tradition, these and several other foods are now naturally cooked in olive oil.
Today, the Jews love frying, roasting, baking their food in olive oil as well as using it for their salad dressings too. Some of the main Hanukkah dishes, popularly made with olive oil are:
1. Harissa-Cheese Stuffed Fried Olives
2. Shaved Apple Salad with Manchego Cheese and Almonds
3. Roasted Halibut with Olive Oil and Lemon
5. Three Ingredient Prime Rib Roast
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