This is my second year in Germany during Thanksgiving, and although nobody else here is celebrating it, I won’t let that stop me. I already wrote a short guide on Expat Focus about how to celebrate Thanksgiving abroad, which included a little bit about what I would be doing this year.

Basically, I just tried my hardest to make a few of the Thanksgiving staples. These were most of the ingredients for my German Thanksgiving meal. I started cooking around 3 p.m., and we ate around 6:30 p.m. Here are each of the dishes I made:

Green Bean Casserole

For this, I just searched All Recipes (my favorite website to find recipes) for a green bean casserole and picked the best rated, which was this one for Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole. We chose to use crispy fried onions on top, though. It was incredibly delicious, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Pumpkin Cream Soup

This was on sale at Lidl (a German grocery store) a couple weeks ago, since it is from their Halloween line of foods. We picked it up and figured it would be a nice and easy addition to our Thanksgiving meal. Unfortunately, it was disgusting. I spit my food out from laughing so hard when Marco made this comment, though:

Me: This soup has a really funny taste. I tried putting pepper in it to make it a little better.
Marco: Yeah… I can still taste the fun.

Yam and Peach Bake

This is a dish that my mother always made for Thanksgiving every year. It is my absolute favorite Thanksgiving dish, so I tried my best to recreate it this year. I found a recipe similar to my mothers online, which you can see here. The problem is that we had to substitute regular sugar for brown sugar (there is no brown sugar in Germany). This substitution did not work very well, and it didn’t taste anything like my mother makes. We also chose to skip the marshmallow topping, but it was alright in the end.

Pumpkin Bread (K├╝rbisstuten)

We bought this bread at the bakery on Thanksgiving morning. The baker told me this week is actually the last week they will be making it until next Fall, so I lucked out. I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of taste, but it is amazing. I’ve already eaten about half of the loaf, and I am sure the rest will be gone by the end of the day.

Roasted Chicken(s)

Since Marco’s favorite food is chicken skin (weird, I know), we decided to roast two chickens. I seasoned them with salt, pepper, and rosemary. I also filled the insides with about 4 tablespoons of butter and half an onion. They turned out great. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture before Marco ripped most of the skin off, but here they are before they went in the oven, and some plated slices.

What was your favorite dish this Thanksgiving? Mine was definitely the green bean casserole. But let me know what you ate this year!