Venetian Thanksgivukkah Fritters

Venetian Thanksgivukkah fritters by Dinnerinvenice

With all the hype about Thanksgivukkah this year, I also received a challenge to post something that would be perfect for both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah – and it had to be made with some type of mashed food. I normally panic when I get this kind of requests, but this time it was really brainless. These pumpkin fritters are one of my favorite recipes, and always a huge hit with guests.

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Venetian Thanksgivukkah Fritters


  • 1 pound pumpkin or butternut squash, cleaned and diced small
  • 2 eggs
  • grated zest of 2 oranges
  • ¾ cup of sugar and a pinch of salt
  • 1 and ½ cups flour
  • scarce tbsp baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, if liked
  • 1/3 cup Raisins or Sultanas
  • 1/3 cup grappa or rhum
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup candied citron or lemon (optional), finely chopped
  • Rice bran oil, peanut oil or vegetable oil for deep-frying, at least 3 cups or more
  • Confectioner’s sugar for decorating


Plump the raisins in the liqueur.

Place the diced squash in a large platter and cover almost completely, leaving a small opening for the steam to come out, and microwave on high for 10 minutes or until very tender (or bake covered for 40 mins in the oven).

Beat the eggs in a food processor with the sugar, salt, cinnamon, orange zest; add the cooked squash and process until smooth.

Drain and pat dry the raisins, and add them to the mix.

Transfer to a large bowl and gradually add the flour (sifted with the baking powder), using an electric or manual whisk.

In a frying pan, heat the oil to frying temperature (you can test it by dropping a small piece of bread in the oil: if bubbles form around the bread, the temperature is right).

Take the batter with a tablespoon, filling it to about ½, and push the batter into the oil with your index finger or a second spoon.

Fry in small batches until golden all over, turning to cook evenly.

Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer onto a platter lined with several layers of paper towel.

Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and serve warm.

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  1. Is the reci[pe for those beautiful fritters available? They look delicious. I tried to find it on your site and could not find it.

    • sorry, it was a glitch. here you go! these are delicious. I first published this recipe in the New York Times in 2011.

      • Thank you very much. Will try to adapt this delicious treat to be low sugar, and low fat.
        I never deep fry anything even for HanukKah! Ishould be able to create some delicious treat though for the love of my life. Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgivukkah! All the best.

  2. They look beautiful and I bet they taste even better.

  3. I love the raisins in these and candied citrus rind! Such a pizazz of flavor!

    • Oh my – what a delicious combination of flavors! I’ve always loved how pumpkin and b. squash can adapt to both savory and sweet dishes. I was so surprised and delighted when I found out that the secret ingredient in pumpkin ravioli is crumbled amaretti cookies!

  4. These look great and I like the way you’ve combined many cultural occasions together. I’ve been looking for recipes that include candied peel, so very interested in trying these. I made my own candied citron (with a very unusual citrus called Buddha’s Hand Citron). The recipe’s on my blogpost:

  5. This is terrific! And I even have some candied lemon peel in the pantry…I love this recipe!

  6. These are stunning! Love the pine nuts, the rum, the candied lemon, What a set of flavors!

  7. Oh gosh, I dont know what to say. It’s early in the morning and I want some of these for breakfast. Wish I had time to make them today; after the holiday. I’ll save this one. Sounds wonderful.

  8. As far as I am concerned, fried fpoods ought to be one of the basic food groups! These look fab!

  9. Pamela Green says:

    These are awesome! I have been trying to figure out ways to celebrate Thanksgivukkah in my house next week. These look perfect.

  10. Ale, these are sensational! I can’t wait to try them, my kids are going to love them too, I bet!

  11. I am always looking for a new dish to fry for chanukkah. This year it will be these pumpkin fritters, they sound fantastic and I even have candied citron in my pantry.

  12. Oooh, these are so original and sound delicious. Perfect for a fall Chanukah

  13. This is the perfect holiday dessert! I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love this- I adore all things pumpkin! I hope you and your family are having a lovely holiday Ale 🙂 xx

  14. These look delicious – love the idea of the raisins and the pumpkin!

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