12/12/2014 03:49 EST | Updated 12/12/2014 03:59 EST

The Best Latkes Recipe, And 11 Other Foods For Hanukkah

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Food is a key part of any celebration, and Hanukkah is no exception.

The dishes most associated with the holiday often have specific ties to the reasons for celebrating in the first place — for example, the oil used to cook foods like knishes and latkes. In other cases, classic Jewish dishes like challah are brought out for the special occasion. And of course, keeping the meal kosher means main dishes like beef brisket and salmon take centre stage, instead of the ham seen at Christmas meals.

But above all, the foods served for Hanukkah bring to mind the warmth of the candles — this time transferred to the gathering of family and friends, and the feeling in your belly when it’s full of delicious dishes made with love. Here are a dozen Hanukkah favourites, both traditional and modern, that will fit in perfectly with your celebration.

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