Hanukkah -- the Jewish Festival of Lights -- starts Saturday at sundown, so many of us will be celebrating with family and friends and enjoying a traditional dinner. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to fix many commonly-served Hanukkah foods so that they're gluten-free.
For beef brisket, it's hard to go wrong with this recipe from Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, About.com's Guide to Home Cooking: Favorite Beef Brisket. To make certain it's gluten-free, you just need to source gluten-free canned tomatoes (or substitute fresh for the canned variety), plus stick with safe spices (McCormick's brand is gluten-free to below 20 parts per million).
For your potato pancakes, Jeanette Bradley, About.com's Guide to Food Allergies, offers this recipe for Allergy-Friendly Latkes -- it's free of dairy, soy and egg ingredients in addition to gluten.
If you want to serve a dairy meal to commemorate the Jewish heroine Judith (Yehudit), this recipe for Herb Baked Salmon is gluten-free (just make sure to use safe spices). And Pepper, Cheese and Sugared Pecan Salad would make a beautiful, colorful side dish ... just make sure to use gluten-free sugared pecans, or to make your own (super-easy recipe here).
To finish off the meal in fine traditional style, check out this great recipe for gluten-free sufganiyot (filled jelly donuts) from Gluten-Free Bay. Enjoy, and Happy Hanukkah!
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