Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgivukkah A Rare Feast

It's a rare mash up of two major and beloved holidays, Thanksgiving and Hannukah. Both have a long history and both are centered around food.The dishes are distinct ,reflecting each heritage.Yet ,surprisingly dishes can be influenced by both traditions ,creating a rare but tasty feast. Thanksgivikkah ,as the mash ip is known is a true rarity.The last was back in 1888 while the next one won't be for 7,999 years .This is one time holiday when liberties can be taken with both Thanksgiving and Hannukah recipes.The most traditional is latkes, fried potato pancakes,to celebrate the miracle of oil in the temple. Regular ones are being subbed in by that Thanksgiving Day staple , the sweet potato.They 're made the same way and are nice alternative. Since the spuds have a sweet taste, they could easily be served for dessert, with creme fraiche as opposed to sour cream. since fried food is a traditional idea, then deep fry the bird instead of roasting.It makes for crunchier legs and wings.Just remember to inject the bird with some kind of liquid .You can try a Cajun oil one or a richer beer and butter one.Either way it should leave the meat moist and tender while the skin remains crackly. What's Thanksgiving without stuffing and pies? Thanks to the Festival of Lights ,both can have new twists.Challah bread can be used for a different and more richer flavor for stuffing.You can still add chestnuts along with raisins or sage if you want to keep some classic flavor. Apple, pumpkin and pecan pie are always classic however don't think of them as pie fillings but as SufGaniyot ,the traditional raspberry filled doughnuts.It's a different spin but just as good.A Jewish American standard rugelach can be filled with the same pecans as the doughnuts.Of course no matter how or what you eat, end the meal with dreidls and chocolate gelt. Thanksgivikkah is truly a once in a lifetime event.Celebrate with a mix of traditional foods and flavors.Enjoy every dish ,from fried turkey with challah stuffing to sweet potato latkes and pumpkin stuffed sufaniyot.

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