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Canadian Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! With this recipe collection, you’ll be ready to host any Canadian Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of your own home.

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Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

If you’re looking for a comforting, warm, and bright soup to kick off your Thanksgiving festivities, this Butternut Squash Soup is for you! Furthermore, it is made with sweet potatoes, apples, and warm spices which makes it taste like Fall in a bowl.

Manchego Cheese, Ham, and Olive Bites

Hosting Thanksgiving could not be simpler with these Manchego Cheese, Ham, and Olive bites. This is an easy appetizer for the busy holiday season, and will leave you more time to spend with those you love!

Crispy Salmon-Topped Rositi Squares

This baked one-pan version of Rösti is the secret to feeding a crowd! Beautiful, bright bits of smoked salmon, dill, cream cheese, and crackers make the ultimate party or holiday appetizer.

Cheese Ball

Who doesn’t love a cheese ball? This delicious and crowd-friendly appetizer is made with goat cheese, scallions, chopped dates, and roasted pecans. Furthermore, this cheese ball makes a delicious addition to any charcuterie board, or appetizer spread, and will keep guests sharing memories with one another.

Parmesan Cheese Puffs with Smoked Salmon Mousse

Parmesan Cheese Puffs are a basic but delicious variety of gougères. In addition, they are filled with an easy smoked salmon mousse to create a perfect cocktail bite. If you’re looking for an elegant and easy appetizer to serve prior to your Thanksgiving feast, this is it!

Main Courses

Herb and Brown Sugar-Dry Brined Turkey

Dry-brining makes a juicy and flavorful turkey with golden-crisp skin. Serve this dry-brined turkey as a Thanksgiving main course and watch your guests argue over who gets the last bite.


Tourtière, also known as pork pie or meat pie, is a traditional French-Canadian pie enjoyed throughout Canada and New England. Furthermore, it is made from a combination of ground meat, onions, and savory seasonings, and baked in a traditional pie crust. Finally, this dish can be served as a Thanksgiving main or side course.

Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon

Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon is a delicious alternative to meat on Thanksgiving. With just four ingredients, you’ll be able to turn this salmon into a total superstar. Finally, this healthy and delicious fish is glazed with maple syrup and grainy mustard. Enjoy!

Garlic Butter Herb Roasted Turkey

Garlic Herb Butter Roast Turkey is a succulent main course to any Thanksgiving meal. Tender on the inside and golden, buttery, and crunchy on the outside…what more could you want? What’s even better is that this turkey does not require a brine! Bring on the simplicity, delicious flavor, and Thanksgiving celebration.

Stuffed Turkey Breast

Change up the Thanksgiving tradition of a whole roasted turkey with this stuffed Turkey Breast. Juicy and tender roasted turkey breast stuffed with cream cheese, spinach, herb, and bacon filling that will knock your socks off! Furthermore, this is perfect for Sunday dinners, special occasions, and holiday menus!

Side Dishes

Cinnamon Honey Carrots

Cinnamon Honey Carrots are made with just a few ingredients and are perfectly sweet and savory. In addition, these make for a quick and easy side dish for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Finally, this side dish adds a bit of brightness that will invite others to eat, give thanks, and enjoy the time gathered together.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

It’s hard to improve on simple roasted Brussels sprouts, but a splash of balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of honey brings the flavors to life. Serve this healthy dish on your Thanksgiving table for a pop of green!

Mashed Potatoes

Are you looking for a classic recipe for mashed potatoes? This recipe is for you! Simple ingredients and mashing = the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Are you a fan of canned or homemade Cranberry for Thanksgiving? If you said homemade, this is a must-have recipe! Flavored with orange juice and orange zest, this cranberry sauce is a must on your holiday table.

Wild Rice and Kale Casserole

Kale and wild rice join forces for a hearty vegetarian casserole. In other words, this dish will put a big helping of greens on your plate. Furthermore, you can embrace cold-weather cooking head-on with nutty rice, a hint of sage, and the warmth of nutmeg. Finally, the luxurious cream sauce holds this casserole together and puts it squarely in the comfort food category.

Thanksgiving Slaw

Do you desire a green salad on your Thanksgiving buffet but are not sure how to time it right? This easy, colorful slaw is the answer to your dilemma. In other words, this slaw won’t wilt like other green salads and can sit out for a while. Finally, this delicious and bright-colored slaw makes a delicious and nutritious addition to any Thanksgiving feast.

Easy Sausage & Herb Stuffing

If your family is like my family, stuffing is a favorite dish! Therefore, this easy sausage and herb stuffing uses store-bought stuffing cubes which eliminates the step of slicing and drying out the bread. Finally, if you’re in a crunch for time, try this recipe.

Roasted Green Beans with Lemon, Garlic, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan

Elevate your green beans with this recipe! Roasted green beans are a revelation, especially when tossed with garlic, lemon, nuts, and cheese. Furthermore, this is another delicious and healthy side dish for any holiday table, including Canadian Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Talk about a total game-changer! Fluffy, flavorful Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins will bring a kiss of the Fall to any holiday table.

Perfect Homemade Turkey Gravy

Delicious Homemade Turkey Gravy is made with just four simple ingredients! Furthermore, this simple recipe is easy to make and full of flavor. Finally, it is perfect for adding to your favorite mains and side dishes on Thanksgiving!


Roasted Winter Squash Pie (Pumpkin Pie)

Roasted Winter Squash Pie, or Pumpkin Pie, is the perfect dessert for Canadian Thanksgiving. The best part? It can be made with butternut, acorn squash, or pumpkin. Finally, this pie is not only a signature Thanksgiving dessert, but it is also beautiful.

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars are a deliciously tempting treat made with decadent chocolate, honey-sweetened graham crackers, crunchy nuts, rich butter, and custard powder. Furthermore, this no-bake dessert is delicious in the Summer for Canada Day, or served as a kid-friendly dessert for Canadian Thanksgiving!

Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts are a Canadian classic that comes together quickly! Homemade pastry shells are filled with rich, brown sugar, and then baked until buttery and flaky on the outside and gooey on the inside. Finally, if you’re looking for a traditional Canadian treat to serve at Thanksgiving, this is hard to beat.

Apple Crisp

Grab those freshly picked apples and make this rustic Apple Crisp. This ultimate Fall and Thanksgiving dessert include apples bubbling under a crunchy oat-pecan streusel.

Brown Sugar Maple Cookie Pie is the BEST dessert, ever. Furthermore, it is a simple pie made with browned butter, brown sugar, maple, eggs (or an egg substitute), and plenty of chocolate. Then, it is all baked together until puffed on top, and gooey in the center.

In addition, the crust is buttery, flaky, and sprinkled with sweet vanilla sugar. Inside the filling is warm with pockets of melted chocolate, and notes of maple, brown sugar, and vanilla. Finally, it is delicious when served with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream, and the perfect way to end a Thanksgiving feast.