Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving a full month and half or so before Americans. While it's often not quite the affair that it is in the States, the food is generally the same. There's always the standard turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy, and maybe there's a little more maple mixed into desserts and special side dishes.
Canadian Thanksgiving is this coming Monday, so I've gathered up a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes on the site to celebrate. From the easiest way to make turkey, to the most glorious grilled stuffing, to a special maple pumpkin pie, you have a lot of options to choose from.
Let's start with a classic. The most basic of Thanksgiving menus usually centers around a turkey, and this recipe is the easiest, simplest method around. Turkey doesn't need to be fussy.
If you make a turkey for Thanksgiving, you need to make gravy — simple as that. This recipe, just like our turkey recipe, is the easiest method.
American and Canadian Thanksgiving aren't too different in terms of recipes, but maple might be a bigger star in Canada. This sweet potato recipe has a delicious maple-pecan topping and is a great fall addition to any menu.
This delicious green side dish is made completely on the stove, so you don't need to use up valuable oven space.
Go beyond traditional pumpkin pie with maple and a simple streusel topping.
The secret to these golden mashed potatoes isn't turmeric or something fancy like duck fat or truffle salt — it's rutabaga.
Wine is an obvious choice for Thanksgiving dinner, but having something after or before the big meal is also a nice treat. This apple cider sangria is delicious.
I've made this stuffing the last two years for my Thanksgiving, and it's a huge hit. I love that it's laced with leeks and lots of cranberries.
If you want green bean casserole without all the cream, try this steam-fried version with mushrooms. It's an easy side you can make on the stovetop.
Figs don't have a hard time growing in Canada's cold climate, and they should be taken advantage of. This cranberry sauce is such a treat you'll want to make it every single year.
These dinner rolls are a great alternative to the traditional roll. They're just special enough.
Not making a whole turkey for Thanksgiving? There are other ways to get your fix. This turkey breast is pretty luxurious with apples, pecans, and brie.
Every Thanksgiving dinner needs a special salad that is all about the pure, crunchy vegetables. This is that salad.
The green bean casserole your grandmother used to make is in desperate need of an update. This modern recipe, with crunchy sesame stick snacks, is indulgent without being heavy.
Pumpkin pie is a polarizing treat, so it's nice to have another option at your Thanksgiving table. These maple-pecan bars are sweet without being cloying.