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Since Thanksgiving in Canada is coming up—the second Monday in October—there’s no time like the present to choose a cornucopia of recipes for a long three-day weekend of feasting. Hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Many of these Canadian Thanksgiving recipes are make-ahead, so you can spend more time enjoying family and less time in the kitchen. These Canadian Thanksgiving menu ideas highlight some well-loved recipes for Thanksgiving dinner in the Great White North. Whether you’re looking for a new turkey recipe or a tasty side dish, we have your Thanksgiving dinner planning covered!

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast

Brined turkey breast that has been sliced.
Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Slow cooker apple cider brined turkey breast is a perfect autumn recipe. I guarantee you’ve never had such moist turkey! It’s juicy and delicious and bursting with fall flavours. Cooking boneless turkey breast in a slow cooker is an easy no fuss dinner. This is the best brined turkey breast and perfect for all the holidays ahead.
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast

Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak

A flank steak rolled with cranberry and cream cheese.
Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

How does cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak sound as a Christmas dinner dish? Doesn’t the sound of this recipe make your mouth begin to water? It’s such a great recipe for stuffed flank steak and works well as a New Year, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe when you want something both fancy and tasty.
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak

Holiday Beef Wellington

Holiday beef wellington with mash potatoes and broccoli
Holiday Beef Wellington. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

What about making holiday beef wellington for Christmas dinner this year? It’s made with beef tenderloin, the most tender cut of beef, along with flavourful ingredients such as prosciutto parma ham, rosemary, thyme, mushrooms, shallot, and more. This Thanksgiving or Christmas beef wellington recipe is straightforward to make and it’s a wonderfully decadent meal for the holidays.
Get the Recipe: Holiday Beef Wellington

Rustic Cranberry Galette

A rustic galette with cranberry and raspberry.
Rustic Cranberry Galette. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

A warm golden brown cranberry galette is ideal for any occasion, from Christmas or Thanksgiving to a special event like someone’s birthday. Cranberries offer a bold, tart taste and this cranberry raspberry galette also boasts orange, cream, cranberries and raspberries for a wonderful result. You can use fresh or frozen berries and any type of pie crust you prefer.
Get the Recipe: Rustic Cranberry Galette

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Shaped Mini Bundt Cakes

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Shaped Mini Bundt Cakes with frosting on top
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Shaped Mini Bundt Cakes. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Have you ever seen anything as cute as these pumpkin shaped mini Bundt cakes? These Thanksgiving or Halloween pumpkin cakes are just gorgeous. They’d look amazing on your holiday table! Learn how to make a pumpkin shaped cake like this, and it will be a Thanksgiving or Halloween dessert is sure to impress!
Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Shaped Mini Bundt Cakes

Roasted Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Pancetta Feta Casserole

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for roasted brussels sprout pomegranate pancetta feta casserole. It is a delicious Autumn or Thanksgiving side dish.
Roasted Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Pancetta Feta Casserole. Photo credit: xoxoBella

There is no doubt this roasted Brussels sprout pomegranate pancetta feta casserole is something very special. It’s a heavenly bacon feta side dish. This easy Brussels sprout casserole makes a delicious Autumn or Thanksgiving side dish. So if you want to team Brussels sprouts with feta and more, read on to find out how to make it.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Pancetta Feta Casserole

Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

Wild rice casserole in a dish.
Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole. Photo credit: xoxobella.

Let this leftover turkey wild rice casserole come to the rescue! Combine Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers with wild rice and other ingredients to make this leftover turkey casserole recipe. It is so easy to combine leftover turkey or a turkey breast to make this instant pot wild rice recipe that everyone will love.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

Overhead view of a smoked turkey breast being sliced on a cutting board.
Smoked Turkey Breast. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Knowing how to smoke turkey breast over wood chips or wood pellets like a pro means you can make this wonderful smoked turkey breast recipe for the family. A tasty holiday turkey option, smoking adds a whole other layer of flavour to this juicy turkey breast. So fire up the Traeger grill or pellet smoker like you mean business for a tasty Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner!
Get the Recipe: Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket

Cranberry beef brisket on a tray.
Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This cranberry holiday beef brisket is seriously amazing. It’s a lovely dish for the holiday season, Jewish holidays or any time of year you’re feeling festive. A large brisket with fresh cranberries or cranberry jelly is a great recipe for any holiday, special occasion or simply because it’s delicious enough to have any day!
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket

Cranberry Orange Prosecco Punch

Cranberry orange procsecco punch
Cranberry Orange Prosecco Punch. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Cranberry orange prosecco punch is a fun Fall or Thanksgiving cocktail. The orange and cranberry flavours make it festive and fruity, while the prosecco gives it a wonderful amount of fizz. Thanksgiving punch is a great festive drink to serve to guests or you could simply make a pitcher to enjoy over the Thanksgiving period.
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Orange Prosecco Punch

Cheesy Vegetable Casserole

A bowl with a cheesy vegetable casserole dish.
Cheesy Vegetable Casserole. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This cheesy vegetable bake is a delicious vegetable medley that takes mere minutes to throw together. It’s a foolproof dish prepared with frozen mixed vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, butter, cheese, and crispy bread crumbs.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Vegetable Casserole

One Pot Gouda and Cream Cheese Corn

cream corn in a bowl.
One Pot Gouda and Cream Cheese Corn. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

One pot gouda and cream cheese corn is an extra-special and very delicious side dish. It’s an amazing Thanksgiving or Christmas corn recipe and pairs nicely with any kind of meat you want to cook.
Get the Recipe: One Pot Gouda and Cream Cheese Corn

No Churn Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream

Homemade pumpkin ice cream.
No Churn Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

If you are a fan of Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, you’re going to love this no churn pumpkin spice latte ice cream because it tastes just the same! It has coffee, vanilla and pumpkin flavours and then the wonderful pumpkin swirl is made with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.
Get the Recipe: No Churn Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream

Sweet Potatoes with Candied Maple Pecans

Sweet potatoes with candied maple pecans in a bowl.
Sweet Potatoes with Candied Maple Pecans. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to think about a holiday sweet potato recipe. Some people like to make their favourite dishes every year while others like to change things up.
Get the Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Candied Maple Pecans

Gouda Cheddar Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin

Scalloped potatoes au gratin in a pan.
Gouda Cheddar Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Gouda cheddar parmesan scalloped potatoes from scratch are the perfect side dish and comfort food. Although you can use any cheese you like for such a dish, smoked Gouda, white cheddar and parmesan cheese go especially well together, making this the best potatoes au gratin for a special occasion.
Get the Recipe: Gouda Cheddar Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin

Sparkling Frosted Cranberry Cookies

cranberry cookies frosted with icing and topped with cranberry.
Sparkling Frosted Cranberry Cookies. Photo credit: xoxoBella

The sparkling garnish on top is an easy way to dress up desserts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. These sparkling frosted cranberry cookies pair the sugared cranberries with homemade cookies plus a simple buttercream to make festive treats in the true spirit of holiday cheer.
Get the Recipe: Sparkling Frosted Cranberry Cookies

Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

A Dutch oven with a shepherd's pie.
Shepherd’s Pie. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Everyone has their own way of using up holiday leftovers. If you find yourself with turkey and can’t really face yet another turkey sandwich, how does this leftover turkey shepherd’s pie sound? You can use leftover mashed potatoes in it as well. This tasty meal also includes onion, herbs, vegetables and Guinness for richness.
Get the Recipe: Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham

A smoked ham that is being sliced.
Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Smoked sweet onion honey glazed ham on a pellet grill makes such a delicious meal for a special occasion. Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter would be the perfect time for smoking a ham on a pellet smoker or Traeger grill. This honey ham recipe is juicy, boasting all kinds of rich, wonderful flavours. The glaze ensures it won’t dry out and the flavour is just phenomenal.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham

Air Fryer Whiskey, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing

Cranberry stuffing in a dish.
Whiskey, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This air fryer whiskey, sausage and cranberry stuffing is so delicious. And baking stuffing in an air fryer means you can fit other dishes in the oven or on the stove. It is the perfect stuffing for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Did you know you could make a bourbon or whiskey stuffing with pork sausage recipe in your air fryer? Well, you can, and it’s so good!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Whiskey, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing

Maple Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Beans wrapped in bacon on a plate.
Maple Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

What a delicious holiday side dish that maple bacon wrapped green bean bundles make! These oven roasted green beans with bacon are salty, sweet and buttery. They pair with pretty much anything. Try them with chicken, steak, your Thanksgiving ham or anything else you want.
Get the Recipe: Maple Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Amaretto Cream Pie with Almond Crust

Amaretto cream pie with almond crust in a pie pan.
Amaretto Cream Pie with Almond Crust. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Make this no bake cream pie recipe with amaretto liqueur and you will certainly end the meal in style. It’s a make-ahead dessert, as long as you add the finishing touches just before serving.
Get the Recipe: Amaretto Cream Pie with Almond Crust

Apple Pie Jello Shots

A shooter with leaf garnish.
Apple Pie Jello Shots. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Apple pie jello shots taste just like old fashioned apple pie, but this is the drinkable version! They’re flavoured with cinnamon whiskey and topped with whipped cream and apple pie spice. Apple pie whiskey jello shots are simple to prepare and you can make as many of these as you want, ahead of time, for any gathering or party.
Get the Recipe: Apple Pie Jello Shots

Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie

Chocolate peacan pie in a pie pan.
Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

It’s the best chocolate pecan pie recipe ever. It’s bursting with pecans and chocolate and every mouthful will make you say yummmm!! If a gooey pecan and chocolate dessert sounds good to you, try this pie
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie

Sweet Italian Ricotta Pie

An overhead view of a homemade ricotta pie.
Sweet Italian Ricotta Pie. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Ricotta cheese pie is a sweet Italian Christmas or Easter pie. It’s rich, sweet and boasts an amazing flavour in every mouthful, which includes citrus, almond and vanilla. It is a traditional Italian dessert well worth making for a special occasion.
Get the Recipe: Sweet Italian Ricotta Pie

Brie Cranberry Bites Appetizer

brie cranberry bites appetizer on a plate
Brie Cranberry Bites Appetizer. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

The creaminess of brie cheese pairs beautifully with the sweet flavour of cranberry sauce in these brie cranberry bites in puff pastry. These delightful little bites are perfect for any season or occasion and each one boasts plenty of wonderful flavour. So, if you like the gooey creaminess of brie cheese along with sweet bottled or homemade cranberry sauce, you’re going to want to make these.
Get the Recipe: Brie Cranberry Bites Appetizer

Canadian Butter Tarts

A stack of homemade Canadian butter tarts.
Butter Tarts. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Have you ever made or tasted Canadian butter tarts? They’re a real Canadian classic so if you love butter tarts, you just have to try this recipe. The homemade pastry shells contain a sweet, vanilla-scented filling with nuts and raisins for the perfect flavour. They are little buttery, flaky pastry shells filled with a syrupy brown sugar filling that you are going to LOVE!
Get the Recipe: Canadian Butter Tarts

Maple Apple Whiskey Sour

A glass with a whiskey sour and apple garnish.
Maple Apple Whiskey Sour. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Smooth whiskey pairs up with sweet apple cider and maple syrup, zingy fresh lemon juice, and frothy egg white to make this Canadian take on the classic whiskey sour recipe. With just 5 ingredients, along with ice and apple slices for an attractive garnish, you can rustle up this tasty maple apple whisky sour recipe.
Get the Recipe: Maple Apple Whiskey Sour

Twice Baked Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

twice baked sweet potatoes on a baking tray
Twice Baked Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

I can’t get enough of this twice baked sweet potato casserole. It’s basically a sweet potato with pecan topping dish which pairs well with – well, just about everything! These individual sweet potato casseroles are a great side dish for a pot luck or any family dinner.
Get the Recipe: Twice Baked Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Casserole Stacks

Sweet potato casserole stacks on a plate.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Casserole Stacks. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Air fryer sweet potato casserole stacks make a delicious side dish for all kinds of dishes. This sliced yam casserole is a breeze to prepare and it tastes so good. The sweet potato stacks are topped with a crunchy topping. I love these with sour cream on top – the contrast between sweet and tangy is perfect.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Casserole Stacks

Festive Holiday Cranberry Margarita

festive cranberry margarita with sugar on the rim
Festive Holiday Cranberry Margarita. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

A cranberry margarita makes a great Thanksgiving or Christmas cocktail. The yummy combination of silver tequila and triple sec, along with seasonal favourites like cranberries and edible fall flowers, results in a very festive cranberry drink that everyone will adore. Add this cranberry cocktail to your party drink list this holiday season.
Get the Recipe: Festive Holiday Cranberry Margarita

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte

A glass with a pumpkins spice latte in it.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

You’re going to love how good this slow cooker pumpkin spice latte tastes. It’s even better than the pumpkin spice latte from your favourite coffee shop, so save your $5 and make this version instead.
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte

Air Fryer Bacon Loaded Cornbread Pudding – Corn Casserole

Corn bread in a blue pan
Air Fryer Bacon Loaded Cornbread Pudding – Corn Casserole. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Bacon loaded cornbread pudding pairs with everything from chicken to ham or steaks. It’s a wonderful potluck dish and this is the best corn casserole I’ve made. It’s easy to put together this air fryer cornbread pudding made with Jiffy cornbread mix. This bacon corn casserole will become a family dinner tradition.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Bacon Loaded Cornbread Pudding – Corn Casserole

Garlic Herb Bread Wreath

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a garlic herb bread wreath. Add this homemade bread to your holiday dinner menu!
Garlic Herb Bread Wreath. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

I love to make a garlic herb bread wreath for special occasions. It is sure to appeal to garlic bread fans and pairs beautifully with any holiday dinner. Making homemade bread can be really simple and this easy bread recipe proves it. So even if you don’t usually make bread yourself, I’m sure you will be able to rustle this amazing easy bread recipe up without a hitch
Get the Recipe: Garlic Herb Bread Wreath

Pecan Praline Spice Butter Board

Pecan spice butter board.
Pecan Praline Spice Butter Board . Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Perhaps you’ve seen this pecan praline spice butter board before since it’s a viral trend. This Tik Tok recipe is a charcuterie style easy appetizer, served on a wooden board. It’s a great option if you’re planning a holiday party, and everyone will love the combination of sweet, crunchy and buttery in every delicious bite.
Get the Recipe: Pecan Praline Spice Butter Board

Roasted Butternut or Pumpkin Feta Arugula Rocket Salad

A squash rocket salad in a bowl on a table.
Roasted Butternut Feta Arugula Rocket Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Arugula offers a refreshing, peppery flavour, although this ingredient can be swapped for mixed greens, baby spinach or romaine. If you are looking for a fall salad recipe, try out this butternut squash or pumpkin rocket salad. Roasted squash salad is an autumn favourite!
Get the Recipe: Roasted Butternut or Pumpkin Feta Arugula Rocket Salad

Herb Roasted Turkey with Citrus Gravy

A platter of turkey sliced with citrus and cranberries.
Herb Roasted Turkey with Citrus Gravy. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

Herb roasted turkey is a must make for the holidays. This recipe includes easy to follow instructions and the best citrus gravy.
Get the Recipe: Herb Roasted Turkey with Citrus Gravy

Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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