When Is Canadian Thanksgiving?
When Was The First Canadian Thanksgiving?
Some historians credit the first Canadian Thanksgiving to European settlers in Frobisher Bay during the late 1500s. It was followed by a strong tradition of elaborate Thanksgiving feasts in what was New France, where French settlers and the local Mi'kmaq broke bread together. Cranberries were a big part of the meal even then.
Regions in both countries continued to celebrate their own fall festivals on dates of their choosing for hundreds of years. It didn't become a formal national holiday on either side of the border until the late nineteenth century, to the dismay of turkeys everywhere.
Cooking Thanksgiving Turkey
Thanksgiving Dinner Sides
Canadian Thanksgiving side dishes are where creativity really shines. Often, families have their traditional bring-alongs when they get together. Try these Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes for bite-sized sides that demand your best gravy (this Roast Gravy for Poultry will do nicely). For an alternative side, these Sausage Stuffing Muffins will add some spicy sage and apple flavours to your table.
Vegetarian thanksgiving Recipes
Poultry may be a traditional part of the Canadian Thanksgiving dinner menu, but it certainly isn't mandatory. Everything from your main to your sides can be plant-based for your holiday meal. In place of a bird, try a Slow Cooker Vegan Portobello Pot Roast. If you substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock, this Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Stuffing Recipe will also be the basis for a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner.
Grilled Corn with Spicy Honey Butter will bring some sweet and spicy flavour to your Canadian Thanksgiving dinner menu, and for a pasta-based dish that's sure to delight try our Butternut Squash Vegan Mac and “Cheese”. For a final vegetarian Thanksgiving treat, these Thanksgiving Cranberry Deviled Eggs will delight your friends and family with a holiday flavour that will go perfectly with the Thanksgiving theme.
Got a sweet tooth? We've taken time to find some of the best Thanksgiving desserts to round out your meal – if you've any room left. Try these Pumpkin Pie Cookies for a light bite, or for something more substantial, impress everyone with this Pumpkin Pie Layered Cheesecake.
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