There might not be two holidays more suited for each other than Hanukkah and Thanksgivukkah. Beyond the deeper meaning—both commemorate significant struggles for religious freedom that changed the world—there’s the f-o-o-d.

Ahhhh….fall flavors fried. What could be better!

Chefs, home cooks and even first-time cooks across America are casting aside guilty feelings and stocking up on oil…and squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes plus, of course, the big bird for the once-in-many lifetimes second night of Hanukkah, now known forever as Thanksgivukkah. And with the holiday coming so early, the fall-focused flavors are sure to delight all eight nights.

We asked some of our area’s leading foodies to share some of their favorite recipes for this great holiday mashup–plus, of course, our blogger from the South because how else would we get a recipe for fried turkey?

From religious freedom to foods almost worth worshipping, here’s hoping the warmth of the Hanukkah candles and the bounty of the Thanksgiving table are shared with family and friends…and that the feelings of gratitude and love last at least until next year’s holidays, if not until our next Thanksgivukkah some 77,000 years from now.


Turkallah-on-orange-no-herb-story Pumpkin “Turkallah”
Leah Hadad
Founder and president, Tribes-A-Dozen
Todd-salt-cod-fritters-with-4-story Salt Cod Fritters
Todd Gray
Co-owner, Equinox Restaurant, and co-author, The New Jewish Table
Thanksgivukkah-Soup-crop.jpg-story Gingered Sweet Potato Soup
Sara Polon
Creator and owner, Soupergirl
Roasted-Sweet-Pot-and-apple-soup-LW.jpg-story Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
Aviva Goldfarb
Founder and CEO, The Six O-Clock Scramble
Fried-Turkey-newsletter.jpg-story Fried Turkey
Esther Schuster
Blogger and Southern Jewish food maven
Thanksgivukkah-kasha-with-smoked-turkey.jpg-story Kasha with Smoked Turkey, Squash and Bourbon
Vered Guttman
Food columnist,, and owner, Cardamom & Mint Catering
carrotlatkes-121709-story Curried Sweet Potato Latkes
Joan Nathan
TV producer/host and author of 10 cookbooks including Jewish Cooking in America
Ellen-challah-chestnut-bread-pudding-2.jpg-story Challah Chestnut Bread Pudding
Ellen Kassoff Gray
Co-owner, Equinox Restaurant, and co-author, The New Jewish Table
Bunuelos-stack.jpg-story Buñuelos
Pati Jinich
TV host and author, Pati’s Mexican Table
Pumpkin-Donuts-crop Pumpkin Donuts
Paula Shoyer
Pastry chef and author, The Kosher Baker and The Holiday Kosher Baker
Beyhan Trock Butternut Squash Served CROP Turkish Butternut Squash Dessert
Beyhan Cagri Trock
Author, The Ottoman Turk and the Pretty Jewish Girl

Main photo credit: Photography by Michael Bennett Kress