Gobble Tov!

Marni Ogrodnik by Marni Ogrodnik | 11.27.2013

Thanksgivukkah, the once-in-a-lifetime holiday hybrid, is here.  Celebrations abound, and the eternal Jewish question is raised…what do we eat?

This Thursday isn’t just an ordinary Thanksgiving for Americans who observe Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. For the first time since 1888—and the last time until the year 79811—the celebrations will coincide in a historic holiday mash-up: Thanksgivukkah.

Menurkey Group

My menurkey will have a prime place at this year’s holiday dinner table, along with the traditional family centerpiece.

More than just an affectionately coined portmanteau, the happy convergence on the calendar is having a celebratory effect across the country. Thanksgivukkah has it’s own Twitter account and a Facebook page with over 12,900 likes. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will mark the occasion with a giant spinning-dreidel balloon. Mayor Thomas Menino has declared November 28 “Thanksgivukkah Day” in the city of Boston. There’s the menurkey—a turkey-shaped menorah and the brainchild of adorable nine-year old New Yorker Asher Weintraub—that’s selling like hot latkes after raising funds on the popular crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter.

And then there’s the food.

Some of us who honor both traditions are, to put it lightly, obsessed. Good-natured debates are ensuing. Aren’t we obligated to deep fry the turkey to commemorate the miracle of the oil? Should we substitute brisket for turkey altogether? Swap out the mashed potatoes for sweet potato latkes? True, the holiday has given rise to some bizarre hybrid creations, like turkey-filled donuts (Seriously, Serious Eats?). But people have also dreamed up some pretty clever, scrumptious recipes. Here are my three favorites, courtesy of the folks at Buzzfeed. You’re welcome!

Potato Latkes with Cranberry Applesauce

Pecan Pie Rugelach

Challah-Apple Stuffing

May you savor every delicious bite, and every moment of time with those you love this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Thanksgivukkah!