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Latkes AND Turkey! Hanukkah AND Thanksgiving! Never before... and never again!

So will latkes replace the mashed potatoes at your Thanksgiving table in 2013? https://sites.google.com/site/mizrahi...

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  1. That sounds yummy to me! I've served coleslaw at Thanksgiving as an homage to my grandparents, who ordered in every holiday from Bens Deli.

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    1. re: NicoleFriedman

      Oh, I wasn't commenting so much on the combination of latkes and turkey (which I think pair beautifully) so much as I was about the fact that in 2013, Thanksgiving coincides with the first day of Hanukkah. Apparently, as explained in the link in my OP, this has never occurred before and will never occur again.

      1. re: CindyJ

        Things will be rather hectic!

        With living far from family I usually have to choose between holidays when visiting. It will be kind of nice to get a two for one deal!

        1. re: CindyJ

          Oh, I wasn't commenting so much on the combination of latkes and turkey (which I think pair beautifully)
          Well, since this is a food site, I think we should!

          Pumpkin butter and cranberry jelly would be great fillings for sufganiyot; latkes would be a wonderful alternative to the traditional potato/root vegetable side dishes; and I'll take brisket over the standard T-Day turkey any day.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              goodhealthgourmet - do you make sufganiyot? Do you have a good recipe to recommend?

            2. re: CindyJ

              The first night is Wednesday, right? I think it is a bummer. I like having two celebrations.

              1. re: magiesmom

                That's right -- the first night is Wednesday. I suppose once in a lifetime it's not so bad to celebrate two holidays simultaneously.

          1. Wasn't Latkes the Andy Kaufman character on Taxi?

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              1. re: laliz

                Lol thank you for the clarification reading the subject line initially Andy Kaufman was the first thing that came to mind. Didn't know if there was a side story to his character that I was unaware of. Kaufman was known for his inside jokes.

                1. re: laliz

                  You're right about the different spelling, so jrvedivici is pretty clever to spot the relationship. "Latkes" is a foreign word so the best English speakers are going to be able to do is spell it phonetically. Latke is pronounced exactly the same as Latka.

                  The fact that Kaufman's character takes a random Jewish word as name becomes even clearer if you know the name of his antagonist-then-girl-friend-then-wife. Carole Kane's character was named Simka, which is a variant on the spelling of the word "simcha." This word has several related meanings: glad/joyous or happy event.

                2. re: jrvedivici

                  Yes. His character's name was Latka Gravis.

                  1. re: kfreasstudio

                    Always thought that sounded like it might have been inspired by gravlax.

                    1. re: kfreasstudio

                      See above. You're right; Latka's name is an inside joke.

                  2. Sounds like a great excuse to deep-fry a turkey.

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                    1. re: Fydeaux

                      The miracle that lasted for not 1 bird, but for 8 whole birds!

                    2. Oh... I'm lovin' it!!! In how many different ways can Hanukkah be blended with Thanksgiving? Goodealthourmet's suggestion for pumpkin butter or cranberry jelly filled sufganiyot is perfect! And I've already got visions of apple/cranberry sauce alongside the latkes. OR... what about sweet potato latkes?

                      It might be a bit early to even be thinking about the menu ... or maybe not!

                      1. The link is fascinating! I was sick at Hanukkah this year and missed out on latkes. As we get closer to the date, I think combining some traditions could be fun and meaningful- doubling down on how much we have to be thankful for!

                        1. Cranberry sauce is excellent on latkes, actually. Beats applesauce by a mile.

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                          1. re: sciencediet

                            Glad you posted that! I was thinking, later in the evening after I posted my comments, that cranberry sauce probably would be a great topping.
                            We can go the other way, too- although we have never had Mom's from-scratch incredible applesauce on the Thanksgiving table, it would probably be a hit as we're passing the turkey platter around- why not?

                            1. Hey, how cool is this?
                              Since we don't do anything resembling Kosher anyway....why not? They hold well, they can be done in advance, and everybody loves them....
                              I like it a lot. :)

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                              1. re: mamachef

                                There's nothing inherently not kosher about latkes: potato, egg, onion, a little knuckle skin ... no dairy, so you could eat them with any meat. Even with applesauce! The only dairy involved would be the sour cream, if that's how you chose to top them.

                                1. re: Just Visiting

                                  It was the sour cream - we have to have it.

                              2. I'm thinking about pumpkin cream in my sufganiot? Any ideas of how to do it?

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                                1. re: banjo63

                                  You can use this as a starting point (I'd personally omit the orange):

                                  Or if you already have a go-to vanilla cream or custard, just fold some pumpkin puree and spices into it. Whipping up a mousse with pumpkin, spices, powdered sugar & heavy cream (or coconut cream if you want to keep them kosher/parve) would work too.

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    Thanks for the response, Goodhealthgourmet! I'll let you know how it goes.

                                2. i'm planning on making rugelach with a pumpkin butter filling
                                  i'm considering adding a savory blintz dish as well as some sweet potato latkes... not sure where the votes are going to lie on these two tho.

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                                  1. re: Emme

                                    Mmm..pumpkin rugelach sound amazing! Must try

                                  2. I am looking forward to making mymenu

                                    1. For years I've been doing a Thanksgiving dinner for my Friday night of Hanukah feast. This year will be no exception (obviously). In addition to the delightful mashup of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and potato latkes, I also include beer battered onion rings (oily and greasy - perfect for Hanukkah), candied duck bacon (mixing the kosher with the non-kosher idea of bacon) and of course, the requisite apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert - although i might try the chow recipe for chocolate swirl pumpkin bread instead, and use that for my challah!

                                        1. Nothing can replace mashed potatoes, but I do love latkes and would love to see them at any meal!

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                                          1. re: raelehman

                                            Why not do both? Mash your potatoes, then fry them as latkas. I have a confession to make: I hate traditional latkas, made with rated raw potatoes. I never seem to cook them through & through, so I end up with raw potatoes surrounded by a burnt top and bottom. My solution was to make latkas with mashed potatoes.

                                            It works for me!

                                            (PS I thought I was being so so original, then I discovered that there is a Moroccan recipe that is substantially my idea of fried, mashed potatoes.)

                                          2. How about latkes topped with apple-cranberry sauce?

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                                              1. re: FeelingALittleBreadish

                                                can you suggest a recipe for the apple-cranberry sauce? Interesting!

                                                1. re: smilingal

                                                  this is an easy and delicious recipe
                                                  you can adjust spices-
                                                  i like to add chinese spice powder
                                                  orange juice or cranberry/pomegranate juice

                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                    I think with the huge trend toward deep frying your turkey, that there has been a subliminal push for Thanksgiving to turn into Hanukah for a while now :)

                                                    1. re: chompie

                                                      Bubble and Squeak is the perfect Hanukah take on the Thanksgiving leftovers. Just take your mashed potatoes, carrots etc and make em into a patty and fry up like a latke..
                                                      I draw the line at pumpkin matzo balls..

                                                    2. re: jpr54_1

                                                      thanks - i will be trying this with our latkes!

                                                2. From the Chicago Tribune's list today of restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving, there's at least one that will be serving dinner to recognize Hanukkah to:

                                                  "Red Door: Combination Thanksgiving-Hanukkah menu, $35, includes roast turkey, pumpkin-brioche stuffing, brisket, noodle kugel and latkes. Served noon-7 p.m. 2118 N. Damen Ave., 773-697-7221."