Let's face it: Thanksgiving might as well be called Unbutton Your Jeans Day, and as a celebration of oil, Hanukkah is anything but light. Weâ€™ve been known to get down and dirty with the deep-fryer -- when used judiciously, it adds wonderful flavor and richness to food -- so given the holiday overlap, we couldnâ€™t resist its siren call. These Thanksgiving-inspired recipes put Hanukkahâ€™s MVP ingredient front and center. Watch your portions, eat a salad on the side, and donâ€™t let your cardiologist know we had anything to do with this.
It wouldnâ€™t be Thanksgiving without a root veggie side, Be it turnips or taters. These parsnip crisps will keep their crunch for five days -- a killer make-ahead stove-side snack. And donâ€™t stop there -- most other veggies can be likewise sliced and sizzled away to glory.
No deep-frying here -- although we do suggest pan-frying any leftovers! -- but the inclusion of pumpkin challah bread makes this dressing a fitting inclusion for our feast. If youâ€™re wedded to the cause, though, our un-stuffing is shaped into patties and fried, croquette-style, to serve.
With pie and doughnuts leading their respective holiday fronts, weâ€™ve no shortage of ideas to combine the two: Stuff your sufganiyot with cranberry jam or pumpkin butter; layer torn pieces into a trifle; or pay a doughnutty homage with a similarly ringlike sweet-potato-bourbon Bundt. Happy Thanksgivukkah indeed.