Hanukkah comes early this year, and that means latkes! Crispy on the outside, soft and hot on the inside, they're traditionally made with shredded potatoes, but you don't have to stop there. Here are five healthy twists on the basic latke recipe. Pair your potato pancakes with salsa or homemade fruit chutney for a satisfying appetizer, but be warned: they're so irresistible, you might make an entire meal out of them.
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When it comes to holidays, you don't have to look any further than the festive meal to get a feel for the celebration. Though traditional Thanksgiving and Hanukkah dinners don't appear to have much in common, you'd be surprised just how nicely they work with each other. Don't believe us? These fusion dishes look absolutely delicious.
Hanukkah dinner menus are typically filled with fried foods. Food is cooked in oil to commemorate the small amount of oil that lasted for eight days in the Temple. Turkey is the Thanksgiving's signature dish, so when you put the two together — in the form of a deep-fried turkey — you've got yourself one delicious, and symbolic, main course.
Thanksgivukkah Tzimmes Pie
Tzimmes, a traditional Jewish food involving shredded carrots, gets a Thanksgivukkah makeover when The Cupcake Project reinvents it to include sweet potato pie, apple pie, carrot cake, a bit of citrus, and a raisin crumb topping.
Potato Latkes Topped With Turkey and Cranberry Chutney
It wouldn't be Hanukkah without potato latkes on the menu! Girl in the Little Red Kitchen's potato latkes with turkey and cranberry chutney combine the best parts of both holidays into one extremely tasty bite!
For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving will be referred to as Thanksgivukkah! A once-in-a-lifetime celebration (literally), Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will occur simultaneously this year on Nov. 28. That being said, we've pulled together the perfect tabletop pieces for this epic celebration. Mixing traditional and seasonal elements, this tablescape includes everything from a menorah to metallic acorns. The pressure's on; you have 77,798 years until it happens again!
- Mercury Glass Vases ($29-$44): Accompany your menorah centerpiece with a little sparkle and shine using these glass vases.
- Branch Servers ($20, originally $30): For a fitting rustic touch, serve up dinner with this spoon and fork set.
- Wine Glass ($50): Each individually blown, these wine glasses are meant for special occasions. The sapphire color adds a nice touch.
- Napkins ($45 for four): Since we're all about mixing patterns, these napkins are just the way to do it!
- Hanukkah Plates ($50 for four): Fitting for the occasion, these blue porcelain plates are perfect for Thanksgivukkah.
- Table Runner ($12, originally $20): This runner will turn your table into an eye-catching focal point and make a great base for the rest of your tablesetting.
- Menorah ($40): Although classic, the nickel-plated finish gives this menorah a modern touch.
- Silver Acorns ($22): These silver acorns are a great Fall filler in vases or scattered throughout your table.
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, two glorious holidays, will never fall together on the same day again in our lifetime, so the day deserves a blowout menu, full of insanely delicious hybrid recipes. From challah bread rolls to sweet potato latkes to pumpkin sufganiyot with cranberry jam filling — these dishes will please even the most ornery Jewish grandmother.
Whether you're planning your hostess gifts for a Thanksgivukkah dinner party with friends or planning ahead for Christmas, we've found a variety of options to suit the entertainer with vintage style. From home goods with classic packaging to retro barware to beautiful coffee-table books, these nostalgic picks are sure to please the hostess who loves Mad Men or hopes to channel her inner pinup girl. Click through to shop our favorite retro-inspired hostess gifts for every occasion!
Take two classic holiday comfort foods, latkes and sweet potato casserole; combine them into one Thanksgivukkah-appropriate superdish; and the results are just as you might expect: expletive-inducing deliciousness. Generously dollop each oil-kissed fritter with tangy crème fraiche and a throat-tingling hybrid dish of its own, cranberry horseradish sauce, and it may just be the best thing to grace your Thanksgiving table. Enough talk. Trust me: you want the ridiculously tasty recipe.
Hanukkah is one of our favorite holidays and not just because it is an excuse for fried potatoes and eight days of presents. Nope, we also love it because it is an opportunity to bust out the menorahs! No matter the style, menorahs should look just as great sitting on your table as they do on the eighth night of Hanukkah, full of beautiful candlelight. Below, a few of our favorites this year!