While America waits for the fourth Thursday of November to celebrate Thanksgiving, Canada kicks off their celebration on the second Monday of October. This year, Canadian Thanksgiving will fall on Oct. 10. In 1897, Parliament declared "a day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed."
The holiday came on a different day each year until 1957 when it was officially moved to the second Monday in October. Most people have off of work on the holiday and spend their three-day weekend entertaining guests or visiting friends and family who may live a long distance away. Thanksgiving in Canada is similar to that of European harvest festivals. Traditional dishes served consists of roast turkey, fruits and vegetables and seasonal produce like pecan nuts, corn and pumpkins. Below are a few recipes that include Canadian Thanksgiving foods.
Sweet & Tangy Salmon Fillet with Cranberry Fennel Chutney
Topped with roasted pistachios cranberries, this gluten-free dish offers diners some seasonal items with a tangy twist.
Orange and Sage Roasted Turkey and Gravy
Expected to serve at least 14 people, this turkey will leave your guests satisfied and leave you feeling accomplished for severing a creative yet delicious dinner.
Goat Cheese and Pumpkin Scalloped Potatoes
With ingredients like nutmeg, garlic, and aged goat cheese, this dish pairs well with a fresh green salad or save some for the next day and pair it with your omelet.
Delicata Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms, Farro, Pecans & Dried Cranberries
This meal will bring some color to your dinner table with its unique display and fresh herb toppings. Just make sure your cranberries aren’t too sweet, they can counter the taste of the squash and fried onions.
Warm Apple Crisp
What better way to follow up a delicious dinner than with dessert? This decadent apple pastry offers guests a delicious finish to what was most likely and great meal.