Happy Thanksgivukkah! 27 Foods That Combine the Best of Both HolidaysLindsey Johnson
What’s happening next week and won’t happen again for 79,000 years? Thanksgivukkah! The Gregorian and Hebrew calendars have aligned again giving rise to this hybrid, once-in-a-lifetime holiday. So, the question is this: What do you cook for this special holiday? Traditional Thanksgiving or Hanukkah fare? Why not both?
Thanksgivukkah recipes are all the rage at the moment. I’ve been seeing loads of mouthwatering and super fun recipes to honor both traditions while preserving the uniqueness of each one. I’m talking deep-fried turkey and brisket with cranberry sauce, stuffing made with bagels and challah, pumpkin and apple pie sufganiyot, all sorts of interesting takes on latkes, cakes and pies made with gelt, mulled wine, and even marshmallows made with Manischewitz. It’s truly all of your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah dreams rolled into one delicious holiday!
Everyone seems to be having a lot of fun with this hybrid holiday. Bloggers are holding virtual potlucks and coming up with incredible full menus — Deep-Fried Shwarma Rubbed Turkey Drumsticks, Green Bean-Tehine Casserole, Mashed Potato Latkes, Cranberry-Horseradish Relish, and Sweet Potato Sufganiyots with Marshmallow Glaze. See? Incredible! There are t-shirts, ecards and greeting cards, cupcake toppers, and tons of great ideas for festive decorations popping up all over, even restaurants are coming up with special menu items. You can follow @Thanksgivukkah, #KosherRecipes and #Thanksgivukkah on Twitter.
The recipes and ideas are seemingly endless! So I’m joining in the fun, too, with 27 amazing food hybrids to pay tribute to Thanksgivukkah. You’ll want to check out each and every mouthwatering Thanksgivukkah recipe on my list!
Happy Thanksgivukkah 1 of 28
27 foods to celebrate the hybrid holiday in style!
Potato Latkes Topped with Turkey and Cranberry Chutney 2 of 28
Susan quips that she realized she was making Jewish tostadas as she assembled her latkes. These crisp potato latkes topped with turkey and tart cranberry chutney are a great way to use up leftovers the next day.
Get the recipe for Potato Latkes Topped with Turkey and Cranberry Chutney courtesy of Girl in the Little Red Kitchen.
Pumpkin Pie Blintzes 3 of 28
Blintzes are traditionally filled with cheese and/or blueberries, but they get a Thanksgiving twist with the creamy pumpkin pie filling inside. And just like pumpkin pie, be sure to serve these with a dollop of whipped cream.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Pie Blintzes courtesy of Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat for The Jewish Outlook
Bourbon Coffee Braised Brisket with Cranberry Sauce 4 of 28
Who says you have to have turkey for dinner? Why not go for braised beef brisket instead? This spice-rubbed brisket is braised in bourbon and coffee and topped with a tangy cranberry sauce.
Get the recipe for Bourbon Coffee Braised Brisket with Cranberry Sauce courtesy of Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat.
Green Bean Latkes with Homemade French Fried Onions 5 of 28
One of the most creative hybrid recipes I've seen, these latkes are a take on the ubiquitous Thanksgiving favorite, green bean casserole. I don't know about you, but I think I might like this even more than the casserole. Yes, I'm sure I do.
Get the recipe for Green Bean Latkes with Homemade French Fried Onions courtesy of Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat.
Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Gelt Glaze 6 of 28
This beautiful cranberry-topped cake has gelt in the cake itself and the glaze. Just one more way to make sure you get your fill of gelt during Thanksgivukkah.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Gelt Glaze courtesy of Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat.
Candied Sweet Potato Latkes 7 of 28
These sweet potato latkes have a hint of orange, vanilla, and maple to make them extra festive.
Get the recipe for Candied Sweet Potato Latkes courtesy of Everyday Maven.
Butternut Squash Puree with Honey and Smoked Paprika 8 of 28
Healthy holiday recipes are worth their weight in gold. This golden butternut squash puree should definitely be on your list of things to make if you're craving something sweet, spicy, smokey AND healthy.
Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Puree with Honey and Smoked Paprika courtesy of The Lemon Bowl.
Pumpkin Glazed Cronuts 9 of 28
Have you taken part in the cronut craze? No? Now's the time to start. These yummy Thanksgivukkah cronuts are extra easy to make (puff pastry anyone?) and have a yummy pumpkin glaze on top. A fun take on traditional Hanukkah doughnuts.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Glazed Cronuts courtesy of Mother Would Know.
Sweet Potato Latkes with Cranberry Pecan Applesauce and Cinnamon Yogurt 10 of 28
There are so many fall flavors going on in these latkes! Cranberry pecan applesauce? YUM. But it gets even better with the cinnamon yogurt. Not just a hybrid of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, these are a hybrid of a side dish and dessert!
Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Latkes with Cranberry Pecan Applesauce and Cinnamon Yogurt courtesy of Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat.
Onion Bagel and Bacon Stuffing 11 of 28
Everyone celebrates Hanukkah (and spells it) differently. Amy likes to add bacon to her stuffing recipe. (I'm okay with that.) I love the genius use of onion bagels here as the base for the stuffing. So hearty and filling. It has me thinking of leftovers already!
Get the recipe for Onion Bagel and Bacon Stuffing courtesy of Very Culinary.
Vegan No-Bake Sweet Potato Pie Doughnut Holes 12 of 28
Fried food is a big part of traditional Hanukkah foods. These yummy vegan donuts are made with sweet potatoes, coconut milk, and flour, sweetened with agave, and rolled in chopped pecans. A reason to wish Thanksgivukkah happened more often, no?
Get the recipe for Vegan No-Bake Sweet Potato Pie Doughnut Holes courtesy of Cooking for Luv.
Sweet Potato Noodle Kugel 13 of 28
And now we come to kugel, one of my favorite Jewish foods. Alas, when you thought it couldn't get more wonderful, it does. Sweet potatoes and pecans bring two holidays and two favorite dishes together in one very tasty way.
Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Noodle Kugel courtesy of Rhubarb and Honey.
Challah Cranberry Doughnuts 14 of 28
Challah is one of my favorite breads. The idea of turning it into doughnuts is one I can't wait to try. The cranberry filling is just a bonus.
Get the recipe for Challah Cranberry Doughnuts courtesy of Food is My Love Language.
Challah Stuffing with Turkey Sausage, Leeks and Cranberries 15 of 28
I confess that I can do without many Thanksgiving dishes. But you'll have to pry the stuffing out of my cold, dead hands. Eggy challah bread teams up with turkey sausage, leeks, and cranberries for an unforgettable stuffing at an unforgettable holiday feast.
Get the recipe for Challah Stuffing with Turkey Sausage, Leeks, and Cranberries form Little Ferraro Kitchen.
Pumpkin Cranberry Maple Kugel 16 of 28
Another kugel recipe for the record books! Pumpkin, sweet maple, and tangy cranberries make this kugel into a Thanksgivukkah wonder.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Maple Kugel on Farm Fresh Feasts.
Pumpkin Challah 17 of 28
I am dreaming of all the ways I want to eat this pumpkin challah bread - stuffing, French toast, bread pudding, toasted with a smattering of jam. Sigh.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Challah courtesy of Labna.it.
Turkey and Sweet Potato Latkes 18 of 28
Can you ever have too many variations on latkes? I say no. This recipe features sweet potatoes and turkey mixed together and fried until crispy. They wouldn't be complete without a spoonful of cranberry applesauce on top.
Get the recipe for Turkey and Sweet Potato Latkes courtesy of Foodie Tots.
Homemade Manischewitz Flavored Marshmallows 19 of 28
Yummy, fluffy homemade marshmallows are flavored with Manischewitz in this creative recipe. See the next slide to discover another way they can be enjoyed.
Get the recipe for Homemade Manischewitz Flavored Marshmallows courtesy of the Cupcake Project.
The Great Thanksgivukkah Tzimmes Pie 20 of 28
This beautiful pie was created to celebrate the colliding of two cultures and two holidays. The tzimmes filling, made with carrots, sweet potatoes, and pineapple, is topped with homemade Manischewitz marshmallows.
Get the recipe for The Great Thanksgivukkah Tzimmes Pie courtesy of Stefani Pollack for Parade.com.
Macaroon Pumpkin Pie 21 of 28
This pie is simply amazing. The macaroon crust holds a creamy non-dairy pumpkin filling. Top it off with whipped coconut milk for a hybrid version of a Thanksgiving favorite.
Get the recipe for Macaroon Pumpkin Pie courtesy of The Shiksa.
Challah Slow Cooker Stuffing 22 of 28
Save some oven space for more pie and make stuffing in the slow cooker. Loaded with yummy things like sausage and mushrooms, this would be perfect alongside that braised beef brisket we saw earlier.
Get the recipe for Challah Slow Cooker Stuffing courtesy of The Shiksa.
Matzo Crisp with Pear, Apple, and Cranberries 23 of 28
Matzo meal replaces rolled oats in this delicious, fruity Thanksgivukkah dessert that's sure to please everyone at the table.
Get the recipe for Matzo Crisp with Pear, Apple and Cranberries courtesy of The Shiksa.
Hummus with Chestnuts and Pitas 24 of 28
Creamy hummus made with chestnuts served on top of pita triangles is a great Thanksgivukkah appetizer.
Get the recipe for Hummus with Chestnuts and Pitas courtesy of Busy in Brooklyn.
Pecan Pie Lace Cookies with Raspberry Filling 25 of 28
These dainty lace cookies are not only delicious, but very pretty with a menorah or the Star of David piped on top in chocolate. Sure to be a Thanksgivukkah favorite.
Get the recipe for Pecan Pie Lace Cookies with Raspberry Filling courtesy of Busy in Brooklyn.
Cranberry Dreidels 26 of 28
These darling molded cranberry dreidels and stars are about the cutest thing I've ever seen.
Get the recipe for Cranberry Dreidels courtesy of Couldn't Be Parve.
Cranberry Glazed Corned Turkey Roast 27 of 28
How about a hybrid of turkey and corned beef? I give you the brilliant Cranberry Glazed Corned Turkey.
Get the recipe for Cranberry Glazed Corned Turkey on Confident Cook.
Pumpkeetotake with Craisin Goat Cheese 28 of 28
And this wins for best name. I'm not sure which part I like more - the pumpkeetotake, or the craisin goat cheese that goes with it.
Get the recipe for Pumpkeetotake with Craisin Goat Cheese courtesy of Alibabka.