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Happy Thanksgivukkah: Menu Guide For This Hybrid Holiday

Ashley Seruya |
November 4, 2013 | 11:05 a.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Manischewitz-Brined Turkey is the perfect centerpiece for any Thanksgivukkah celebration. (@BuzzFeedFood/Twitter)
Manischewitz-Brined Turkey is the perfect centerpiece for any Thanksgivukkah celebration. (@BuzzFeedFood/Twitter)
Halloween is over, and the holiday season has officially arrived. Thanksgiving decorations are lining the shelves, and Christmas trees will hit front lawns in the coming weeks.

This holiday season, however, is extraordinarily unique. Approximately once every millenium, the last Thursday of November - also known as Thanksgiving - coincides with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. This calendar year cultures will collide with the first full day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving day both falling on Novemeber 28th.

Though Hanukkah technically begins at sundown on November 27th, this rare simultaneous event has sparked an intense amount of buzz. Dubbed "Thanksgivukkah," paraphernalia of all kinds have been created. Apparel has hit the internet in full force. Twitters have been made.

Even more astonishing, a hybrid menorah was designed by a 9-year-old boy named Asher Weintraub. Shaped like a turkey, the "Menurkey" (a name conceived by the combination of the words "menorah" and "turkey") holds all eight candles of the menorah. This is easily the most creative and impressive hybrid object to emerge from the Thankgivukkah excitment.

While all of these clever slogans and innovations have entertained many people watching from their computers, the most abundant innovations are hybrid food concoctions. Having both holiday dinners on one night means combining two different holidays' classic meals. For Thanksgiving, this means turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green vegetables, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Classic Hanukkah dishes involve anything fried, including potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream. Hanukkah spreads also usually include traditional Jewish foods and flavors such as challah, brisket, and starchy potatoes. 

Many bloggers and websites have taken it upon themselves to combine these vastly different flavor profiles, to much success. Ahead, a sample menu to make your Thanksgivukkah the most delicious holiday all calendar year.

The Sides

Side dishes often make dinner guests more excited than the actual meal. Sometimes they present themselves in small bites of scrumptiousness. These kinds of side dishes are often appetizers. They are usually set out long before the rest of meal, making them prime pickings for pre-feast nibbles. They also keep the insatiable younger cousins satisfied until the main meal.

In other cases, heaping piles of aromatic food rest in casserole dishes, just waiting for the first spoonful to dip in. Fresh vegetable dishes not smothered in cream sauces also make an appearance, though they may not be as popular as their glutinous counterparts. In any case, a Thanksgivukkah meal would not be complete without an abundance of side dishes.

1. Horseradish-Chive Mashed Potatoes

2. Classic Potato Latkes with Cranberry Chutney Topping

3. Sweet Potato Noodle Kugel

4. Cranberry Applesauce

5. Zucchini & Sweet Potato Latkes

6. Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pastrami & Pickled Red Onion

The "Menurkey" combines the Jewish tradition of lighting the Hanukkah lights with the Thanksgiving turkey. Each of the eight candles rest in the individual peaks of the Menurkey's feathers. (@Menurkey/Twitter)
The "Menurkey" combines the Jewish tradition of lighting the Hanukkah lights with the Thanksgiving turkey. Each of the eight candles rest in the individual peaks of the Menurkey's feathers. (@Menurkey/Twitter)


Though stuffing is arguably classified under the "side dish" category, it is such an essential component of the Thanksgivukkah meal that it deserves a section all to itself.

For most Thanksgiving meals, stuffing is a combination of vegetables and stale bread which is then baked together with spices and other flavors to create a doughy, delicious bread casserole. Many families also put their partially cooked stuffing into their turkey, and allow both to finish cooking together. This allows the wonderful turkey juices to meld with the bread-veggie mixture, giving it an extra oomph of flavor. For a Thanksgivukkah twist on the classic Thanksgiving side dish, we swap out regular bread for quintissential Jewish breads: challah and matzoh. We also add Hanukkah flavors, such as sweet apple.

1. Matzo Stuffing with Chicken Sausage, Almonds & Golden Raisins

2. Challah Bread Apple Stuffing

The Main Event

There is no question that a Thanksgivukkah table would be incomplete without a turkey. But how to make a turkey with a Hanukkah twist, you ask? The only answer is Manischewitz Wine. Though many people of Jewish descent claim that Manischewitz is an absolutely vile concoction that is only consumed for show, most Jewish holidays end with all those above the legal drinking age shnockered, courtesy of Manischewitz. Adding this acidic, yet sweet wine, to the main dish of Thanksgivukkah seems only natural. The result: Manischewitz-Brined Roast Turkey.


The turkey-and-potato-latke-induced food coma has begun to set in. The chatter at the table has quieted down to a low hum, satisfied bellies making docile creatures out of even the most unruly relatives. Slowly but surely, the table is cleared and dessert plates are set out.

Most Thanksgiving desserts follow the pattern of pumpkin and pecan. There is likely to be a pie to satisfy everyone's favorite flavor. Hanukkah, on the other hand, is famous for Sufganiyot, a doughy, deep fried and jelly-filled doughnut. This dessert follows the Hanukkah tradition of eating foods that have been fried in oil. Combining the flavors and traditions of these two holidays produces a Thanksgivukkah dessert spread unlike any other.

There is seemingly no room left in your bulging belly, but you will triumph. Seize this unique Thanksgivukkah opportunity, and eat these hybrid desserts to your heart's content - or your belly's capacity. These desserts are too good to pass up.

1. Sufganiyot with Cranberry Filling

2. Pumpkin Pie with Rye Bread Crust

3. Manischewizt Flavored Marshmallows

4. Pecan Pie Rugelach

Let the countdown to Thanksgivukkah begin!

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