125 Years in the Making: 3 Thanksgivukkah Recipes for Noshing

20 Nov
Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Thanksgivukkah:  it’s the unofficially official name of the holiday that’s ready to happen on Thursday, 11/28.  Yes, the best of both worlds together:  the joyous first night of Hanukkah and, of course, Thanksgiving.  This is a very rare occurence, actually.  So rare, in fact, that the last time this has happened was 125 years ago.

Well, it should be clear that Thanksgivukkah will create a very unique meal opportunity, blending together the best of both holidays.  Lucky for all you voracious OmNomivores out there that Stew Leonard’s Executive Chef Michael Luboff has thought long and hard about this and has created a few recipes perfect for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  And, even if you’re not Jewish, these are some great recipes that you can work into your Turkey Day meal.  Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Latkes (makes 15 latkes)


  • 3 lbs of shredded sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons black pepper

 Cooking Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together.  Spoon rounded ¼ cup scoops into ¼ inch of hot oil in a sauté pan.  Fry until golden brown on both sides.  Place on paper towels to absorb the grease.  Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

Honey Glazed Carrots (serves 4-6)


  • 1 lb carrots
  • 2 tbsps of butter
  • ½ Cup of honey
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • ½ Cup of small diced apple
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon

Cooking Instructions:

Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.  Add diced apples and sweat apples for 4-5 minutes.  Add blanched carrots and continue to cook on medium-high for about 4 minutes.  Add honey, cinnamon and chopped parsley.  Mix well and serve.

Jewish Apple Cake


  • 4 cups peeled apple
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease pan with butter or butter spray, then coat with flour and 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Combine apples with 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon and set aside.  Combine flour and baking powder and set aside.  Beat eggs with remaining sugar; add vegetable oil, orange juice and vanilla.  Gradually blend in flour mixture and mix well.

Pour one third batter into pan and top with 1/2 of the apples (draining off any excess liquid first).  Cover the apples with 1/2 of remaining batter.  Add remaining apples and top with rest of batter (make sure apples are covered with batter).  Bake 55 to 60 minutes until top is golden brown & knife comes out clean.  Let cool 10 minutes and then turn out on wire rack .

Stew Leonard’s will be open on Thanksgiving, so if you have any kind of turkey, latke, stuffing, or mashed potato emergencies, they’ll be there to help.  Also, don’t forget that they can make your life even easier by just simply ordering your Thanksgiving or Thanksgivukkah meal online and then picking it up at your local store.  Thank you to Chef Luboff for sharing his recipes with us and all our readers.

Happy Thanksgivukkah!


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4 Responses to “125 Years in the Making: 3 Thanksgivukkah Recipes for Noshing”

  1. Liz Arronson Rueven at 9:57 am #

    Great news for kosher keepers in CT! Fairway in Stamford has an ever expanding kosher take-out and catering section. If you’re keeping it kosher and steering clear of your kitchen this Thanksgivukkah, you’ll find comfort in their huge selection.


    • Totally agree, Liz. Fairway and Stew’s are good options for people that want to keep it easy and kosher. They’ve both made it super easy to order meals and sides. Really impressive. :)


  2. Nom, Nom Nom


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