American Thanksgiving in Canada

November 29, 2010

Happy Belated Thanksgiving, all American readers! And to all Canadian readers, Happy Belated Thursday of last week!

As you regulars will already know, Caitlin and I live in two different countries, both of which celebrate the fall holiday known as Thanksgiving—although one of which doesn’t seem to understand that it’s actually in November. This means that Caitlin and I celebrate two Thanksgiving in a year: I come down to New York over the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday and we celebrate it there, and Caitlin comes up to Toronto over the American Thanksgiving holiday and we celebrate it here. And over the past few years, as I’ve been cooking up my own Thanksgivings, this holiday has quickly been turning into one of my favorites, so I greatly enjoy having the excuse to celebrate it twice.

This year, Caitlin and I whipped up a sizable feast for ourselves and a few friends. When we were brainstorming menu ideas, Caitlin had the brilliant idea of having a Southern-style Thanksgiving meal, and I readily approved of the suggestion. This theme let us try out some really tasty recipes that Caitlin had found, all of which felt very American, if a bit untraditional for Thanksgiving (but when your Thanksgiving is already vegan, tradition is not something that you worry too much about). So here now is a run-down of our American Thanksgiving dinner! But since this meal was held in Canada, I’m obliged by the Canadian government to list all menu items in English and in French—and warning: I do not know French.

Beer-Battered Collard Green Fritters // Beignets de choux cavalier à la bière battues

As a tasty little appetizer, Caitlin fried up some collard greens in a beer batter made with the Polish beer Żywiec. I loved these: they were nicely crisp, not too greasy, and tasty! Caitlin said they worked better with Guinness, but I thought they were plenty good just as we had them.

Broccoli Stuffed Muffins // Muffins farcies avec du brocoli

Caitlin found this great recipe for broccoli stuffed muffins, which are exactly what they sound like—savory muffins with a whole broccoli floret hidden inside! (See the recipe page for more explanatory photos.) I really really liked these—they were possibly my favorite part of the night’s meal—and can’t wait to make them again.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts // Choux de Bruxelles rôtis

This was probably the least Southern item on our menu, but it’s Thanksgiving, and what better time is there to enjoy a heaping platter of tasty roasted Brussels sprouts? We kept this one pretty simple, tossing these little cabbages in some oil, salt, and pepper and letting the oven do the rest, but they still were great in my book.

Mac & Cheese // Mac au fromage

Is mac and cheese Southern? Is mac and cheese Thanksgiving-y? I don’t know and I don’t care, because this mac and cheese recipe really is to die for. (As the Recipezaar Food.com recipe title says, it’s the “best vegan mac and cheese ever”, and it’s right.)Caitlin and I had made this macaroni recipe before and loved it, and we thought it would be a simple way to fill out our menu, and surprisingly, it was the biggest hit of the evening—extra surprisingly, since none of our guests were vegans, and I was not expecting them to take to the nootch-y flavor of this pasta platter. I guess it’s just all the more evidence that this really is an amazing mac and cheese recipe.

Mole Skillet Pie with Greens // Tarte poêle taupé avec les verts

Our centerpiece of the evening was this skillet pie, which we did not actually cook in a skillet (due to lack of skillet). The recipe came from the Veganomicon, and was basically a mix of greens (we used kale) stirred up with some beans and chili-chocolate mole sauce, and then topped off with a layer of cornbread. It was a fun main, which I really enjoyed. And to get a better picture of what it all looked like under the cornbread, here’s a photo of my full plate:

I love Thanksgiving. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well (or, for you Canadians, a pleasant weekend). I’ll be back soon.

Until we eat again,




  1. For the record, I generally like your crazy vegan meals!

    Oh, BTW: have you heard of BoylesqueTO? They’re kind of famous.

  2. […] had made these before as well, for my American Thanksgiving dinner, and my family requested them specifically after seeing them on the blog. These were just as tasty […]

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