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Jan 16, 2013 01:28 PM

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

So will latkes replace the mashed potatoes at your Thanksgiving table in 2013?

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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!