This year Thanksgiving falls out on Chanukah. This once in a lifetime event has been dubbed, “Thanksgivukah“. Both holidays are notorious for good home cooked food which can only mean, the day they merge is going to be an epic showdown of all things sweet and savory. Manischewitzis hosting a holiday recipe contest featuring the BEST mashup recipes submitted by YOU! This contest is open to EVERYONE. Submit your fusion of holiday recipes and enter the chance to win $1,000.
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The contest is running now through November 10th, 2013.
Thanksgivukah is just around the corner and my newsfeed is buzzing with recipes for the food fest holiday. Not one to feel left out, I decided I had to create my very own tasty fusion for the big day. (or rather big meal!) Since Manischewitz is the king of all things Kosher, I decided to collaborate with them and use their tried and true products for recipe testing. I like a good time saver in the kitchen and using their Manischewitz Homestyle Potato Latke Mix saved me a lot of time from peeling and shredding potatoes! (which lets be honest, sucks. Does anyone actually like to cut their fingers as they grate those stubborn vegetables?) the texture is the same minus the hard work. I combined the latke mix with some good ol pumpkin puree (because what else screams Thanksgiving like Pumpkin?) and added some spices as well as a few options for savory add ins like chives and mozzarella chunks. These ingredients cooked up the perfect blend of Thanksgiving and Chanukah flavors in one delicious dish, Pumpkin Hashbrown Latkes served with Cranberry Applesauce! Do you have your own mashup recipe? If so, submit it to the Manischewitz Holiday Recipe Contest and you could win $1,000! Enter HERE.
Pumpkin Hashbrown Latkes:
6 oz. Manischewitz Homestyle Potato Latke Mix
1 cup of water
3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie)
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/4 cup chopped chives (optional)
3 oz. mozzarella cut into small chunks, string cheese works great! (optional)
1/2 cup of Manischewitz matzo meal (optional)
Whisk together eggs. Add in cup of water and mix well. Stir in contents of latke package and mix well. Let it rest for several minutes until it thickens. Then add in pumpkin puree and black pepper, salt, garlic and chili powder. Mix well. Heat up a frying pan with oil (about 2 tablespoons) and using 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop out batter and fry latkes until golden brown on both sides. Serve with chopped chives and cranberry applesauce. (recipe below)
If you want to create an even more delicious latke, add in chives and mozzarella chunks when you season the batter. Then scoop out 1/2 tablespoon mixture and shape into a patty before rolling it in the matzo meal crumbs. Continue with frying them up until golden brown on both sides.
*Tips & Tricks: Infuse the oil with rosemary for added flavor! Simply place one or two springs of rosemary in the oil while it heats up until fragrant, then remove rosemary before adding in the latke batter. I used salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder to season these however you can mix it up and spice it just the way you like it! Try sweet paprika, cumin, thyme or nutmeg. You can always divide the batter and season them differently to test out which one you like best.
4 apples (fuji or gala)
12 oz. fresh cranberries
3 cinnamon sticks
1 cup of sugar
3 cups of water
Place ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and let it simmer until berries begin to pop. Stirring often so mixture does not stick to pot. (mixture should slowly thicken, about 30 minutes) Remove from heat and allow to cool off. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve whole or blend together.
4 cups of cooked penne pasta
1 cup of pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups of soy milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. montreal steak seasoning
Combine pumpkin puree and soy milk in a pot. Add spices and stir together. Bring to a boil. Add cooked pasta to the pot. Combine with sauce.
*Tips&Tricks: The sauce would be great as a soup! Add more soy milk or veggie or chicken broth to thin it out. If you want you can saute one diced onion and 3 cloves of garlic diced before you add the pumpkin puree to the pan for added flavor! If you want to make this diary, switch the soy milk for heavy cream or cows milk and top with shredded cheddar or mozzarella and cheesy toast bites! Which would be french bread sliced into bites and toasted with butter and parmesan, yum yum!
8 oz. Rich whip (heavy whipping cream)
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 cup of pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
Whip the whipping cream then set aside. Combine cream cheese and pumpkin. Add spices and vanilla extract. Add the confectioners sugar. Mix well. Fold in whipped cream and combine. Serve in shot glasses with whipped cream and candied pecans. You can top it with cranberry sauce. (recipe below) You can also layer the pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream or layer it with the cranberry sauce and top with whipped cream. Makes about 25 to 30 shot glasses. (if you fill it up halfway with the pumpkin) You can also put it in a chocolate graham cracker crust and top with whipped cream. (this would also taste great layered between baked puff pastry sheets!)
12 oz. fresh cranberries
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of honey
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine cranberries, water and honey in a large pot. Let it cook on medium heat until it starts to thicken. (about 30 minutes) Lower the flame once the water has started to reduce and let it simmer it until you have reached the desired consistency. Stir so the sauce does not burn or stick to the pot. Allow sauce to cool off. Add the sugar and blend well. At this point you can serve it as whole berry cranberry sauce OR you can blend it in a blender or food processor until smooth and have a jellied cranberry sauce.
Optional, for serving:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in the milk and eggs until well combined and smooth. Add the pumpkin puree and cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Combine well. Heat a lightly oiled skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup (or an ice cream scooper!) scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle. When pancake is golden brown, flip to cook other side. Brown both sides and serve hot with whipped cream, syrup and candied pecans!
* Makes about 27 pancakes if using an ice cream scooper
1 sweet onion, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 cup of frozen spinach
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. montreal steak seasoning
Saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add spinach and saute until cooked through. Remove from heat and combine with beef in large mixing bowl. Add eggs, bread crumbs and spices to beef mixture. Using wet hands, form 1 inch balls using a tablespoon scooper. Place in oven on greased baking sheet on 400’ for 20 minutes until slightly browned. Once cooked, serve over quinoa or rice with Pomegranate Glaze. You can serve this as the main dish or as an appetizer by sticking a toothpick in each meatball and placing pomegranate glaze on the side for dipping.
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. corn starch + 1 tsp. water
Bring ingredients to a boil then simmer and stir until a glaze forms and thickens. Serve over meatballs.