Hanukkah commemorates an oil-based miracle, so to celebrate that, some of Hanukkah’s most popular foods are fried—think latkes and doughnuts. But you don’t really HAVE to go through quarts of oil to enjoy those foods. Here are some of our favorite Hanukkah treats (plus a few other traditionally deep-fried foods for good measure) that you really don’t have to fry to enjoy.
I’m glad Hanukkah provides a legitimate reason to eat doughnuts for 8 days, but that can be taxing even on the most diehard doughnut eater. The good news is that not all doughnuts are best when fried. Those luscious doughnuts above are baked in a special doughnut pan so they still get that great exterior, then they’re glazed with silky dulce de leche goodness.
Using round cookie (or biscuit) cutters, you get both the doughnut AND the doughnut hole with these cinnamon and sugar–coated baked sweet potato doughnuts.
Currants add a nice bite here, but what stands out about these doughnuts is that as soon as they’re out of the oven, they're brushed with melted butter and dredged in sugar, then they’re eaten warm.
Hanukkah seems like a good time to enjoy chicken skin, since it’s in the schmaltz family. These chicken skin crisps aren’t in need of frying because they’re all fat and bake to a perfectly crunchy and salty chip that is 100 percent irresistible.
Potato latkes can’t really be baked or you lose the the crispy crunchiness that makes them so good. However, some might opt out of latkes and instead give baked sweet potato chips a try.
You can have perfectly crisp french fries right from the oven. The trick is using starchy potatoes tossed in oil and not to crowd the baking sheet.
This might be a cheat, but using store-bought potato chips (most likely to be fried) as a crust for chicken makes for some pretty outstanding un-fried chicken.