On Our Plates: Thanksgivukkah


I’ve heard some rumble of controversy surrounding Thanksgivukkah, but I think it’s a lot of fun.

In case you haven’t heard, Thanksgivukkah is a rare intersection of the American and Jewish calendars with the first night of Chanukkah falling on Thanksgiving – an event that may not happen again till 2070 or the year 79811, depending on which Jewish scholar is doing the calculating. The calendar is a bit tricky. Either way, it’s a rare event.

Channukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and has a rich history, including some great traditional foods. Since Thanksgiving is mainly a giant feast, I think this is a great excuse to be a bit playful with the food traditions associated with each holiday.  

For example:

Pumpkin Challah: Challah is not neccessarily a Chanukkah food, but it’s always great and this version sounds delicous. Better than your standard rolls and the leftovers would make amazing french toast!

Orange Cranberry Applesauce: Replace the mashed potatoes with latkes and serve them with this tasty take on applesauce

Cranberry Sauce filled Sufganiyot: This link is actually to a site that celebrates all of Thanksgivukkah. They have a countdown and everything, but this recipe looks especially good. Traditional sufganiyots are jelly filled donuts, these add a tart cranberry filling instead. Yum!

Sweet Potato Bourbon Noodle Kugel: Kugel is noodle casserole, a carb-lovers dream. This remixed version adds in sweet potatoes, bourbon, and pecan topping.

Potato Latkes Topped with Turkey and Cranberry Chutney: It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without potatoes and turkey. Throw a latke into the mix, and you’ve got this fun recipe.

Manischweitz-Brined Turkey: Ummm…awesome!

Manischweitz-Flavored Marshmallows: If you don’t want Manischweitz in your turkey, you could always try it in your dessert.

Let the countdown begin!