15 Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving in Canada

15 Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving in Canada

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Ariel Knutson
Oct 7, 2016

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.

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1. How To Cook a Turkey: The Simplest, Easiest Method

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.

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2. How To Make Turkey Gravy: The Simplest, Easiest Method

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.

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3. Stovetop Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Drizzle

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.

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4. Stovetop Brussels Sprouts Hash with Crispy Sage and Walnuts

This delicious green side dish is made completely on the stove, so you don't need to use up valuable oven space.

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5. Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping

Go beyond traditional pumpkin pie with maple and a simple streusel topping.

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6. Golden Mashed Potatoes

The secret to these golden mashed potatoes isn't turmeric or something fancy like duck fat or truffle salt — it's rutabaga.

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7. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

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.

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8. Grilled Bread Dressing with Cranberries & Leeks

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.

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9. Stovetop Steam-Fried Green Beans and Mushrooms

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.

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10. Fig Cranberry Sauce

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.

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11. No-Knead Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

These dinner rolls are a great alternative to the traditional roll. They're just special enough.

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12. Apple, Pecan & Brie Stuffed Turkey Breast

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.

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13. Roasted Cabbage Slaw with Hazelnuts & Lemon

Every Thanksgiving dinner needs a special salad that is all about the pure, crunchy vegetables. This is that salad.

14. Modern Green Bean Casserole

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.

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15. Maple-Pecan Pie Bars

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.

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