It hasn’t happened since 1881. It won’t happen again until the year 79,811. It has a clever name that, while being supremely festive, has also generated seemingly endless celebratory ideas all wrapped up in a piece of genius branding.
It’s Thanksgivukkah, and it’s the hottest thing to hit Thanksgiving since the deep fryer.
For Jews across the country, this Hanukkah is extra special because the first day is Nov. 28, Thanksgiving. As the New York Times reported of the nine-year-old boy who reportedly came up with the name Thanksgivukkah, it’s a fitting moniker since both holidays are “about being thankful.”
Check out our guide to the perfect Thanksgivukkah below and get ready for a double holiday to remember.
A typical Hanukkah menu features brisket or chicken, potato latkes (pancakes) served with applesauce, sugar, and/or sour cream, and deep-fried, jelly-filled donuts, called Sufganiot. The traditional Thanksgiving menu? Turkey and all the delicious carb-laden fixins’ like stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie. Our friends at Buzzfeed have been kind enough to merge the two traditional menus into one grand spread for the dual celebration, and it’s full of stuff that is so tasty it might just find its way onto our Hanukkah and Thanksgiving menus next year too.
Among their suggestions
Potato latkes with cranberry apple sauce
Potato latkes are something you just don’t mess with. But the topping—that’s often up for debate. This year, incorporate the typical Thanksgiving garnish into a cranberry apple sauce. It just might be the end of sour cream as you know it. You can get the recipe and step-by-step photos here.
“Stuffing is bread soaked in loads of butter. Challah stuffing is extra-rich, eggy bread soaked in loads of butter. Need I say more?,” asks Buzzfeed. Well, no actually. Anyone who’s ever tried challah knows this Thanksgivvukah stuffing might just become the go-to recipe from now on. See the recipe and step-by-step photos here.
Manizchewitz-brined roast turkey
Everyone has a turkey recipe they swear by, and many of us end up swearing at the turkey sometime before it hits the table. This version “is a pretty traditional bird, with one twist: It’s brined in Manizchewitz.” The traditional Kosher wine is dark and sweet, embedding flavor into the turkey while giving it a rich, deep color. Get the recipe and step-by-step photos here.
Need a few more recipes? The New York Times offers menu options to “serve a meal that honors our traditions, makes room for fresh influences…and blends the best of both holiday menus” into one great feast:
What are your great family traditions for Hanukkah? What about for Thanksgiving? Is a big family get-together in order? Whether you usually spend Thanksgiving running a Turkey Trot or watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the events of the day will be even more festive with friends and family gathered around and kids playing dreidel and eating Hanukkah gelt.
And speaking of gelt…
For kids, the foil-wrapped chocolate is the second-most appreciated Hanukkah tradition (right behind nightly gifts, of course). This year, you can up the gourmet content of the chocolate and add a Thanksgivukkah theme with Foiled Again Chocolate. Pure Belgian chocolate in a pretty package? Yes, please.
This year, you could use your regular-old Menorah. Or, you could take it up a Thanksgivukkah notch with a Menurkey. The bonus? You and your kids get to paint it. And, all proceeds benefit the National Museum of American Jewish History.
T-shirts, dinner plates, note cards, posters—Modern Tribe has everything you need to do it up Thanksgivukkah style.
Out & About
If you happen to be in the vicinity of Union Station in L.A. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, the day before the big day, you can stop by Metro’s pop-up dessert café, Thanksgivukkah Café, at the former Fred Harvey Restaurant from 1–3pm for a special themed dessert from pie company Fruit & Flour, said Laist. “It’s all part of Metro Presents, a culture and arts events series that recently launched here in L.A. The pop-up restaurant “will be serving up three sweets …Pumpkin Jam Sufganiyot, Rugelach Pecan Pie, or Cranberry Gelt Bavarian Cream.”
Dog Haus, a southern California hot dog chain, is getting in one the act with a Thanksgivukkah smoked-turkey sausage mixed with brown-sugar sweet potatoes and whiskey-soaked cranberries, then topped with fried potatoes and drizzled with an apple-raspberry compote.
Happen to be in New York on Thanksgivukkah? Pop into Zucker Bakery in New York City, where traditional Hanukkah doughnuts have been transformed with traditional Thanksgiving flavors including spiced pumpkin version stuffed with turkey and gravy or turkey and cranberry sauce; and sweet potato with toasted marshmallow cream filling.
Finally, for the day-after feast, Huffington Post presents the Dreidel Down, featuring potato latkes where the bread used to be. Leftovers never tasted so good.
What ideas are you going to incorporate into your Thanksgivukkah celebration?