Gobble Tov! How to Work Those Thanksgiving Leftovers into Hanukkah Recipes

Get creative with what's left in the fridge as the two holidays collide this year

By now you probably know that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will overlap this year (aka Thanksgivukkah) — a phenomenon due to a quirk in the calendar that's only happened once before, and won't happen again for another 78,000 years. (And we’ll be so very old by then!)

To celebrate, make efficient (and totally festive) use of all those leftover Thanksgiving staples with these recipe mash-up ideas for the remaining nights of the Jewish holiday.

Cranberry Sauce-Topped Latkes

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Swap the apple sauce on traditional latkes for some of the leftover cranberry sauce instead. Bonus: It's an amazing pop of color on an otherwise bland platter!

Pumpkin Sufganiyot

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These traditional doughnuts are typically stuffed with jelly — but we think a little pumpkin-pie filling would be a divine substitute. (Drooling now.)  

And if you're feeling extra adventurous, take inspiration from the four crazy doughnut flavors offered by New York's Zucker Bakery: spiced pumpkin donuts with turkey and gravy or cranberry filling, spiced pumpkin donuts with cranberry sauce filling, and sweet potato donuts with toasted marshmallow cream filling! 

Green Bean Kugel

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Give those leftover green beans from the Thanksgiving table new life in a savory noodle casserole bubbling with cheese. (Your kids might actually gobble up some of the veggies this way too!)

Matzah Balls with Turkey Soup

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Sure, matzah balls are most traditionally served in a broth of chicken soup with carrots and celery. But why not let Thanksgiving’s turkey serve as the base for the soup instead?

Sweet Potato Latkes

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For a delish and unexpected update on Hanukkah’s most traditional dish, try grating the sweet potatoes from your side dishes instead of using standard russets or Yukon Golds for your latkes.

Cranberry Rugelach

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Those uneaten cranberries are reborn in rugelach for a Hanukkah nosh that will disappear before the dreidel even drops. Add in some pecans for bonus texture!

Apple Raisin Challah

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If you’re a baker, use the remaining apples from your Thanksgiving pies in a delicious sweet challah along with raisins and cinnamon. (Then keep the international flavors going with apple-raisin challah French toast in the morning too!)

Now let’s hear from you in the comments: What recipe ideas do you have for the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holiday intersection?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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