Hanukkah is a celebration of two miracles—one military, the other spiritual. In the first miracle, a larger, more powerful invading army is vanquished by a band of Jewish warriors and in the second, a single pitcher of olive oil keeps the temple lamp burning far beyond its capacity of days. Eight to be exact, the number of days observed in Hanukkah. The long-ago oil-fueled lamp is also the inspiration for the festival's focus—a celebration of lights—and an acknowledgment of blessings as provisions of the Divine.
It takes a special menu to stand up to such an occasion, and our Pomegranate Roasted Leg of Lamb is ideal as a Hanukkah celebration centerpiece—be it an intimate meal for a few at sundown or full-on family feast. Leggy rosemary, olive oil and tart, jewel-hued pomegranate juice provide the base for a rich baste that infuses the tender lamb with flavor that few can resist.
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Pair the spiced sweet lamb with traditional sides such as crisp potato latkes with applesauce, roasted root vegetable tzimmes and a new spin on one of Hanukkah's most central traditions. Olive oil is the star ingredient in a moist cake lightly sweetened by luscious figs and honey—an unforgettable ending to a stellar Hanukkah meal.
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—By Stacey Norwood, Multimedia Editor