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20 Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving in Canada

updated May 24, 2023
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Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving a full month-and-a-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 we’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.

The Sides

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Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Brussels sprouts pair well with bacon's smoky flavor, and the fat rendered during roasting helps the leaves grow lacy and crisp.

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Stovetop Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Pecans

The toasty maple drizzle really is the star of the show, and the pecans are a perfect match for it, although you can substitute another type of nut if you choose.

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Canadian-Syrian Thanksgiving Stuffing

This recipe, created with my friend takes a classic Thanksgiving stuffing and adds a Syrian twist. The result is a deliciously smoky-yet-sweet stuffing any turkey would love to be next to.

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How To Make Wild Mushroom Stuffing
This stuffing is packed with in-season wild mushrooms and an earthy blend of herbs, and is so cozy and comforting it will warm you right up.
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How To Make the Best Mashed Potatoes
Here's our recipe for how to make the best classic mashed potatoes, with recommendations for potato type, dairy additions, and mashing methods.
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Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
This casserole tastes best when made ahead, so you can get it done before the big day when many dishes are competing for precious oven space.
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Thanksgiving Slaw

This easy, colorful slaw won’t wilt like other green salads and can sit out for a while, making it a great addition to the Thanksgiving buffet.

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Wild Rice and Kale Casserole

This recipe pairs a big helping of greens with nutty rice, a hint of sage, and the warmth of nutmeg. A luxurious creamy sauce holds this casserole together and puts it squarely in the comfort food category.

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The Turkey

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How To Brine a Turkey
Kitchn's easy recipe for brining a turkey for Thanksgiving.
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How To Cook a Turkey for Thanksgiving
Here is our super basic, super simple, super easy recipe for roasting a super beautiful turkey.
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Citrus-Herb Roast Turkey
A citrus and fresh herb compound butter flavors this easy roast turkey and also turns the tasty drippings into gravy.
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How To Make an Easy Turkey Gravy

This step-by-step guide will show you how to make delicious gravy to pour over your mashed potatoes and turkey with wild abandon.

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The Desserts

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How To Make Classic Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving
Four steps lead to pumpkin pie bliss. Here's how to master each to bake the perfect pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving table.
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Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping

This press-in crust, with no need for a mixer or rolling pin, is as easy as it gets. It yields a crust that’s more like a tart crust than a flaky pie crust, but no one I’ve served this to has ever complained.

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Double Crust Apple Pie

If you don’t already have an heirloom recipe recorded in your family history, I promise this apple pie is definitely worth your time.

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Maple Pecan Pie Bars
These maple pecan pie bars bring you all the flavor of pecan pie, with none of the fuss.
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The Day After

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Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Vegetable Soup
The day after Thanksgiving take your leftovers and turn them into a simple, cozy turkey and vegetable soup.
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Cheesy Spinach and Mushroom Breakfast Stuffing Recipe
A cheesy egg-free breakfast casserole with spinach and mushrooms.
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Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast
Transform leftover apple pie by stuffing it inside a generous slice of brioche of challah for the stuffed French toast of your dreams.
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Post-Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

This seasonal twist on classic stuffed shells keeps the tender cooked pasta, the ricotta, and the stringy, melted mozzarella cheese, but ditches traditional filling for the flavors of Thanksgiving.

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