Thanksgivukkah! Spiced Sweet Potato "Gelt" with Orange Honey Cinnammon Sour Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a Thanksgivukkah recipe for you guys today.

What is Thanksgivukkah you ask? It’s when Thanksgiving and Chanukkah coincide! Chanukkah goes by the Hebrew (lunar) calendar and so it’s not always in December like Christmas. It has been in November before, but it’s extremely rare that in falls on Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgivukkah! Spiced Sweet Potato "Gelt" with Orange Honey Sour Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

Nate is a lovely hand model

According to Wikipedia, the last time it happened since Thanksgiving was declared a U.S. federal holiday by President Abraham Lincoln was 125 years ago, in 1888. The next time Thursday, November 28 will fall during Chanukkah will be in the year 79811, assuming the Jewish calendar is not revised. Crazy huh?

Being that Jews love to eat, and food bloggers love to cook, you can guarantee that this Chanukkah will have some awesome Thanksgiving/Jewish inspired treats.

The traditional Chanukkah foods are latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (donuts). If you notice, both of these foods are deep fried in oil, which is no coincidence. Oil is very important to the holiday of Chanukkah. You can read more about it here if you’re interested.

Thanksgivukkah! Spiced Sweet Potato "Gelt" with Orange Honey Sour Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

I’ve already seen plenty of riffs on latkes for Thanksgivukkah, involving sweet potatoes rather than regular spuds. Honeslty I don’t think that’s so original, as Jews have been doing that already for years. Then I saw people made turkey donuts, which is just plain gross. I also saw a pumpkin rugelach or pumpkin kugel (pudding). 

But I wanted to be original. So I tried to think of other Chanukkah “things.” The other traditional food to eat on Chanukkah, if you can call it a food, is chocolate “gelt” or chocolate coins.Usually these coins are used to gamble while playing dreidel, a game involving a little spinning top.

Thanksgivukkah! Spiced Sweet Potato "Gelt" with Orange Honey Sour Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

Gelt is really just money, or coins, so I figured a recipe could look like gelt without actually involving the candy that we love to eat on this holiday. That’s when it occurred to me- sweet potato gelt! I thought about using carrots since they’re smaller and would look more like coins, but they’re not as Thanksgiving-y as sweet potatoes. 

I added the dipping to sauce to make it more kid-friendly (kids love dipping!) and also to inject some more fall flavor (citrus and cinnamon) into the dish. Obviously this dish goes way beyond Thanksgivukkah and would be a welcome addition to any dinner, or even as a fun pass-around appetizer. 

I hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful Thanksgivukkah! You know you want to celebrate it ;)

Thanksgivukkah! Spiced Sweet Potato "Gelt" with Orange Honey Sour Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

Spiced Sweet Potato "Gelt" with Orange Honey Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
Serves 4
A perfect appetizer or kid's food for Thanksgivukkah or just any day of the year!
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Potatoes
  1. 4-5 sweet potatoes/yams (try to find ones with a small diameter to make smaller "coins")
  2. Cooking spray or olive oil
  3. salt/pepper/cinnamon for sprinkling
Dipping Sauce
  1. 8 oz. sour cream (I used low fat)
  2. 1 Tbsp orange zest
  3. 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  4. 1 Tbsp honey
  5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Cover a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes crosswise into 1/2" thick rounds. Either toss with oil or place on the prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt/pepper/cinnamon.
  3. Put potatoes in oven and cook, flipping them halfway, 20-25 minutes or until cooked and soft enough to be pierced with a fork, but firm enough to be picked up without falling apart.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, whisk dipping sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  5. Let potatoes cool to room temperature so you can pick them up without burning your fingers and serve with sauce on the side for dipping!
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83 Comments

  1. I love these sweet potato coins..so creative and cute. And your dipping sauce sounds like it is the perfect complement to them!

    • Thanks, Meghan!! The dipping sauce was so good, I was trying to find other things to dip in it ;) I ended up putting it on some waffles I made the next day. Yummmm.

  2. Happy thanksgivukkah…well soon! I love these! Why do I feel like they might actually be awesome dipped in chocolate? I made a recipe yesterday then will hopefully be up on the blog tomorrow :)

    • Thanks, Davida :) Um, yes, dip in chocolate! Guess I’ll have to make them again so I can do that, hehe. Can’t wait to see your Thanksgivukkah recipe!

  3. consuelohoneyandfigs

    The turkey donuts sounded so gross oh gosh! Unlike these lovely little coins, which look super addictive and delicious. And I love the dipping sauce as well :D

  4. I will make these! Do you think it would taste okay if I use plain greek yogurt rather than sour cream?

    • I think it would be ok, but not the same. I think sour cream is much creamier and less tart. You could give it a shot tho. Just don’t use the non-fat version- try at least 2%. I used reduced-fat sour cream tho…it’s really not that many more calories than greek yogurt- 35 per 2 Tbsp vs 22 for 2% greek yogurt. Lemme know how you like them, Erica! :)

  5. Oh my…I love your Spiced Sweet Potato “Gelt” (Coins) and Orange Honey Sour Cream Dipping Sauce combination. What a healthful snack!

  6. I love love love sweet potato, and I have never thought to have it as ‘coins’ with a dip!
    Such a good idea, provides a change from my usual chips&mash variation.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  7. I love this idea! Definitely easier & less messy than frying! ;) I’m going to add this to the list of stuff I want to make over the week of Chanukah.

    • Yay! oh my gosh, SO much easier than frying. I hope you try them Faygie!…though you’re usually true to your word about making my recipe ;)

  8. yum.. looks so good, I love sweet potato.. such a refreshing flavor during these cold months.

  9. I love sweet potatoes! This looks super easy and delicious (my favorite combo!)

  10. I do not have a lovely hand model in the house; I think I would scare my fans if hubby did hand modeling for my posts. LOL
    Love this sauce!

  11. Now THIS is my kinda gelt! (Yeah, I’m the loser who doesn’t like chocolate)

  12. I was reading something the other day w/ my son that mentioned Chanukah coming up and I thought it was a typo because I always associate it with December. Thanks for the little lesson there. And this is so creative – who doesn’t love the gelt/chocolate coins but I might prefer your sweet potato ones even more…definitely better than carrots. I am a huge sweet potato lover. And you do have a nice hand model there. ; )

    • Glad I could teach you something, Monica :) It kinda stinks when Chanukkah is in November…I guess I just like to associate it with Christmas. Thanks!

  13. I love this idea. Super-original! I’ve been seeing all sorts of fried turkey doughnuts and such too. I was hoping we’d be celebrating Thansgivikkah, but my husband’s family is doing Thanksgiving next week and then picking a day in December to celebrate Hanukkah. It will be nice to get together twice, but some of these mashup recipes would have been fun to try. I suppose I could make them anyways! :)

    • Aw, thanks, Megan!! Haha, I do NOT get those turkey donuts! I guess if they’re savory then maybe it’s ok…like a hushpuppy perhaps? Aw, that’s fun that you get to have two family get-togethers…I love them!

  14. I love this combination. Sour cream can really do no wrong, can it?

  15. OMG! I love this recipe and it will be taking the place of latkes on my thanksgiving spread.

  16. I can snack on these all day Amy! I love sweet potatoes and love the simplicity of this dish. Delicious! Happy Thanksgivukkah to you and Nate in your new home! :)

  17. That looks SO good! I could definitely have a whole plate of them

  18. Well, if you INSIST, I can almost certainly arrange to eat plenty of latkes, sufganiyot and sweet potato gelt on Thanksgiving. :P It will only MAKE MY DAY.

  19. Oh yum… LOVE this. While it has irritated me for years that my family doesn’t care for sweet potatoes, and I love them, I’m thinking this is one time that I’m glad they don’t like them…. I can eat the whole plateful!! They look fabulous!! <3

    • interesting! I will only eat sweet potatoes when they’re prepared in a sweet way, as opposed to savory. I can’t stand sweet-anything in my savory dishes! Thanks, Prudy :)

  20. the front of your house looks amazing :) now on a recipe – I love latkes and this sweet potato coins looks delicious as well.

  21. Loving the orange and cinnamon in this – does it smell as amazing as I would think?!

  22. i’ve celebrated chrismukkah for the past 2 years as my housemate’s jewish, and it’s led to a DEEP love of latkes! i can’t wait to get my hands on some this year! i think we might just have to give this a go for thanksgivkkah though :) lovely post!
    the hobbit kitchen x

  23. Love this recipe Amy! Sweet potatoes are practically my favorite food, but for some reason I really don’t like the traditional casserole with marshmallows on top. This looks like a much better way to enjoy sweet potatoes with Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks so much, Christin! If you like sweet potatoes you should def try this out. It definitely doesn’t have to be on a holiday…it’s perfect to serve alongside your everyday dinner. Personally, I can’t skip the marshmallow-sweet potato casserole…it’s my fave :)

  24. These are so cute and delicious looking – love that you call them gelt! So fun.

  25. I LOVE LOVE LOVE sweet potatoes!! And I usually eat at least one a day!! They are just so sweet, filling, and satisfying! These look delish btw :)

  26. LOVE this whole entire thing, most especially the orange honey sour cream, because, it is ORANGE HONEY SOUR CREAM and that would be amazing with sweet potato coins. i’m in love. with a gelt coin. for once.

    • Um, yes, the orange honey sour cream was definitely the best part of this. I can think of a whole host of other things you could dip in this sauce, particularly your fingers :)

  27. I still giggle at the name of this merged holiday :) And you’ve created the BEST recipe!

  28. Cute holiday name for a merge ;) And I love that orange honey sour cream dipping sauce. Oh my :D

  29. Turkey donuts! You are kidding me. You definitely came up with a much more appetizing and creative recipe for your holiday merge. These look really good, and kids aren’t the only people who like to dip things! :)

  30. I’m not a kid but I definitely love dips of all kinds, too! This looks soooo good!

  31. What a clever idea and the dipping sauce sounds perfect with your gelt.

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  33. What a deliciously creative idea!!!

  34. It is so crazy that it last happened 125 years ago, but it’ll be another 70,000 before it happens again. What’s that about?! Good thing we’re getting in our Thanksgivvkah fun while we can! (PS It is super hard to type Thanksgivvkah, dang.) These “coins” are such a cute idea, and maybe I’m just a kid at heart, but I love dipping too. I’m sold!

    • Haha, I know…I probably should have played the lotto that day or something, since it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I think I spelled Thanksgivvukah wrong every time I typed it in this post, which was a lot :) Thanks, Elizabeth!!

  35. Well that’s definitely a word I haven’t heard of before. These coins look really good and yes, Nate does make an excellent hand model. Have a love Thanksgivvkah xx

  36. Ha! What a great recipe! I love sweet potato coins. Super creative way to celebrate both holidays in one delicious recipe!

  37. Eek, out of action for a week and I’ve missed so much… love the dual celebration and these sweet potato coins are so great! The orange infused dipping sauce has got me all energized… what a great flavour combination. I hope the holiday fun continues this week Amy. (We’re quite excited to be able to benefit from both Thanksgivings this year ourselves ;-)). I’m coming back for your house update!! can’t wait.

    • hahaha :) This dipping sauce is so delicious…I bet you could find all kinds of other things to dip in it too. Thanks, Kelly…and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! So fun that you get to celebrate it twice ;)

  38. Great idea, they look really fun.

  39. I have seen a lot of Thanksgivvuka stuff, but this is by far the most creative. I love it! So simple, but such a good idea. I bet it would be great for munching while you wait for the big meal to be ready (I know some people hold off all day in preparation for the feast, but I always get nibbly right before the meal… maybe that’s just me?).

    • Aw, thanks, Willow- that means a lot! :) Yes, it’s really a great appetizer. We always put out stuff to nibble on, and I always end up killing my appetite!

  40. Mmm this sounds great! Such a fabulous snack :)

  41. These look amazing, Amy! I love the sound of the orange honey dipping sauce. Have a wonderful Thanksgivukkah!

  42. Yum. Can’t wait to Veganize this dip and hopefully get my daughter eating sweet potato!

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