Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Gelt Glaze. Photo by Amy Kritzer
Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Gelt Glaze.
Photo by Amy Kritzer


Thursday is Thanksgiving and also the first night of Hanukkah. This is an extremely rare occurrence; it won’t happen again in our lifetime!

Thanksgiving is the celebration of the feast of the autumn harvest. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth, MA in 1621 when the Native Americans came together with the recently-settled pilgrims. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in 2nd century BCE.

Since both holidays involve lots of delicious food, why not combine the best of both and celebrate Thanksgivukkah? Below, we’ve included links for some of our favorite recipes for this once-every-70,000-years holiday.

Jewish Brisket (recipe courtesy of What Jew Wanna Eat)

Manischewitz-Brined Turkey (recipe courtesy of BuzzFeed Food)

Turbrisket (recipe courtesy of Los Angeles Times)

Sweet Potato Latkes with Cranberry Pecan Applesauce (recipe courtesy of What Jew Wanna Eat)

Brussels Sprouts with Pastrami  (recipe courtesy of BuzzFeed Food)

Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes (recipe courtesy of Delish.com)

Challah Stuffing (recipe courtesy of ThanksgivukkahBoston)

Chocolate Cranberry Gelt Cake (recipe courtesy of What Jew Wanna Eat)

Pecan Rugelach  (recipe courtesy of The Frisky)

Pumpkin Pie Blintzes  (recipe courtesy of What Jew Wanna Eat)

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.