On Monday (in our post Thanksgiving Dinner Inspiration), we shared ideas for a large at home Thanksgiving or Thanksgivikkah gathering. In keeping with this theme, we have prepared a menu that is a little less formal than a normal Thanksgiving meal but has elements of both holidays involved. We have seen a few informative articles written on this very topic (where they have combined ingredients from both Thanksgiving and Chanukkah to create one spectacular meal).We know that this idea is not exactly original, but wanted to see if we could take the concept one step further, taking the Thanksgiving leftovers and incorporating them into a traditional Chanukkah meal.
Start off your meal with a signature cocktail. The apple flavor of this sparkling champagne cider with a pumpkin pie spiced rim is reminiscent of one of our favorite latke toppings.
For an appetizer, how about fried squash blossoms to incorporate the oil element of the holiday?
... or these squash fries would be nice as well. The dipping sauce (Greek yogurt and sriracha) sounds simply delicious and reminds us of the sour cream
we use for dipping on Chanukkah.
We like our latkes best when paired with our Grandma's famous brisket. We honestly have no clue what's in the sauce, but it is always so amazing. If you are creating this meal after Thanksgiving, you can use your leftover turkey to make these delicious sliders with a spicy cranberry spread. Marinating the turkey in your favorite barbecue sauce will give it that moist brisket flavor.
While you're at it, why not use that leftover stuffing? These mashed potato
stuffing patties are a nice change from the traditional potato latkes we all know and love.
In Israel, instead of potato latkes the traditional way to use the oil is by frying up a bunch of delicious jelly donuts for dessert. In keeping with the Thanksgiving inspiration, we found these pumpkin pie donuts to combine our favorite desserts from each holiday.
The last thing we think of, when it comes to food and Chanukkah, is chocolate gelt (those tin foil covered coin looking things). For this event, how about pumpkin truffles? You get the chocolate "gelt" feel with a jelly-like surprise in the middle.
We hope you enjoyed this inspiration post. All of the recipe links have been added for your convenience. This year, when you sit down to prepare your Thanksgivikkah (or one or the other) menu, keep these ideas in mind. Let us know if you make any of these dishes for your own dinner party or if you have any other ideas in mind.