Our Thankgivukkah Holiday
It’s that time of the year again. Holidays, holidays, and more holidays! This year we had a wonderful combination Thanksgiving and Hanukkah party. Lots of family, food, and fun! Combining the foods for the two holidays was a bit of a challenge. Especially since my family loves the Thanksgiving spread, but waits all year for the Hanukkah grease fest as well. So, I had to figure out how to get it all in. As a result we started around lunch time and ended well after supper time but it was well worth it. Everyone went home happy, relaxed, and full.
I made the turkey, stuffing, etc. of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but made a few changes and additions to our menu. We had mashed potatoes and gravy, but I made less than usual and also made potato and sweet potato latkes with sour cream. We had Challah bread and humus, instead of dinner rolls & butter. Israeli pickles and olives along with our other pickled veggies. For dessert, the most important part, we had pumpkin and pecan pies, Hanukkah sugar cookies, and the traditional Hanukkah sufgoniyot (filled doughnuts). Of course I made too much food but the kids were happy to take home leftovers.
Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days. I always try to make sufgoniyot for the beginning of the holiday and then another kind of doughnut for the last day. This year I was in the mood for cake doughnuts and found a super easy recipe on EHOW. I have added the link to the recipe, just click on cake doughnuts. Please note that the dough is a bit runny so I added a little more flour than it calls for and think I will use less water next time.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, whether it is Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, or anything else, I wish you a very Happy Holiday and a blessed New Year!