Party Like It's 2013 With Thanksgivukkah Recipes (PHOTO)

11/19/2013 09:05 am ET | Updated Nov 20, 2013
Rebecca Orchant

If you've let your eyes fall on the internet within the last month and a half, you have probably heard that Thanksgivukkah is coming. Thanksgiving comes crazy late in 2013, and Hanukkah starts ridiculously early, meaning that the first full day (and second night) of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving Day. Thus, Thanksgivukkah was born, and we were handed a brand new holiday eating category to get weird with. Now listen, it would be way more exciting if the first night of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving. Jewish holidays start at sundown, and this year the first (and traditionally most observed) night is Wednesday, November 27. But, we're not going to be party poopers and say that you shouldn't combine the glory of Thanksgiving food with the majesty of Hanukkah food, so we cooked some hybrid dishes up anyway.

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap more frequently than you'd think, but it hasn't happened in most of our lifetimes, and it probably won't again for a very, very long time. And in case we haven't already made this clear, that means it's go-time for the best Thanksgivukkah recipes you can muster. We put our heads together to come up with the perfect blend of these two iconic food holidays -- what we ended up with was both totally delicious and calorically advanced. Happy Thanksgivukkah!

  • 1 Stuffing-Stuffed Brisket
    Rebecca Orchant
  • Brisket is probably the food we eat the most around Jewish holiday tables. For Thanksgivukkah, we stuffed a brisket with Thanksgiving stuffing, then cooked it low and slow for hours until it was meltingly tender.

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  • 2 Latke Gratin
    Kristen Aiken
  • Latkes on Hanukkah are non-negotiable, so we found a way to make them Thanksgiving appropriate and also even more delicious.

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  • 3 Green Bean Casserole With Schmaltz And Gribenes
    Rebecca Orchant
  • As garlic and tomatoes are to Italian cooking, schmaltz and gribenes are to Jewish cooking. Schmaltz is chicken fat, and it's the preferred cooking fat for most traditional Jewish dishes (both matzoh balls and chopped liver are a shadow of themselves without it). This green bean casserole incorporates both silky, rendered schmaltz and the crispy, impossible-to-stop snacking-on fried chicken skin bits that result from making it -- gribenes (pronounced grib-eh-ness).

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  • 4 Thanksgivukkah Doughnuts
    Kristen Aiken
  • Sufganiyot (Hebrew for jelly doughnuts) are a traditional Hanukkah dessert because they get fried in oil. Stuff them with cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie filling, and you've got Thanksgivukkah magic.

    Get the Thanksgivukkah Doughnuts recipe

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