The Thanksgivukkah Double Down: Food52 vs. Serious Eats Face-Off

November  4, 2013

With your help, we're battling Serious Eats for the ultimate Thanksgivukkah recipe. See what both sides dreamed up below, and tell us which one you'd rather eat on this once-in-70,000-years, doubled down holiday.

Bacon Turkey with Gravy form Food52  Truly Scrumptious Apple Pie from Food52  Panko Latkes from Food52

Maple Meringue Donuts from Food52  Pear, Brandy and Cranberry Sauce from Food52  Ciabatta Stuffing from Food52

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Challah from Food52  Persimmon Latkes from Food52  Pumpkin Pie from Food52

A few weeks ago, to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime superholiday known as Thanksgivukkah, we challenged Serious Eats to a friendly competition (we've done this before): whose community could dream up the finest Hanukkah/Thanksgiving mash-up recipe?

Brilliant and -- we must say -- rather gluttonous comments flew, and at the end of the week, we read through all of your ideas. Then we got really hungry. Then we crammed as many of them as we could into one delicious sandwich. 

We present to you: The Thanksgivukkah Double Down 

Thanksgivukkah Double Down from Food52

(If you can construct a sandwich on two pieces of fried chicken, or foie gras, or ramen, you can definitely do the same with latkes. Trust us.)

To be more specific, the Thanksgivukkah Double Down is a classic leftover turkey sandwich on turkey schmaltz-fried sweet potato latkes. Also on the sandwich: cranberry applesauce and shaved brussels sprouts, dressed in warm schmaltz-cider vinegar dressing. With a side of gravy, for dunking. Or, as Food52er Rachel Goldberger Teichman wisely framed it: "Gluten-Free Turkey Sandwich".

And from the Serious Eats corner:
Latke-Crusted Turkey Stuffing Fritter with Liquid Cranberry Core and Turkey Schmaltz Gravy

Latke-Crusted Turkey Stuffing Fritter with Liquid Cranberry Core

Chief Creative Officer J. Kenji López-Alt explained, "We wanted to combine the quintessential flavors of Thanksgiving -- stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce -- with the essence of Hanukkah -- latkes and deep fried things. They come out of the fryer ultra-crisp with a light, puffy stuffing layer and a soft, near-liquid cranberry center that bursts in your mouth when you bite into it."

Valiant things to celebrate, we say, and we'll take 6 orders please.

Clearly we're all winners here, but tell us: which would you rather eat on Thanksgivukkah?

Double Down photo by James Ransom. Fritter photo by J. Kenji López-Alt.

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Ahuva November 25, 2013
Double-down sandwich.
Emma W. November 19, 2013
jwlucas November 9, 2013
Sorry but I've got to go with Serious Eats. That dish sounds irresistible.
Aimee S. November 6, 2013
Serious Eats wins because they provided a recipe for each item.
jamcook November 6, 2013
Or you could serve with disposable surgical gloves and a pile of wet wipes and napkins!
Chloé W. November 4, 2013
How do I make the turkey schmaltz-fried sweet potato latkes? Sounds AMAZING
Jenn2323 November 4, 2013
Um...that well-constructed pile of love is everything a starving ballerina could dream of in one sitting! Hot, crispy potato, moist turkey, smart green slaw, tart cranberry-apple compote... Food52 has serious beat !!!
Rachel T. November 4, 2013
Thanks for the mention! And those fritters look fabulous too!
walkie74 November 4, 2013
Sorry guys, but Serious Eats just blew you out of the water with those fritters...
ZombieCupcake November 4, 2013
I'll be ordering the double down, completely won me over with sweet potato latkes.
Loves F. November 4, 2013
I originally thought DOUBLE DOWN! But after giving it more thought, I feel that anything in sandwich form is a winner... so why can't we just throw a few of the fritters inside that double down!? We'll all be better off for it.
ATG117 November 4, 2013
Going with the fritter for creativity and practicality, though I'm a bit skeptical the taste would live upto the idea.
smonfor November 4, 2013
That stuffing fritter looks and sounds fabulous - though more time intensive than the double down - still goes in my wish list of recipes though!
HalfPint November 4, 2013
Looking forward to the smackdown!
ortolan November 4, 2013
Definitely the double down, HANDS down!
Felicia M. November 4, 2013
Ditto with desert dryad above. The Sammie seemed really heavy while I could easily snack on the fritters throughout the day
Desert D. November 4, 2013
Food52's sammie is awesome in presentation, but it sounds pretty greasy, and I can't imagine eating it with my bare hands. Those little fritters look much more manageable and as a bonus, they're vegetarian (or maybe I just can't see the turkey in the picture?). Recipes, please!
Kenzi W. November 4, 2013
I ate it with my bare hands! And it was good.