You don’t have enough cash to go back to the good ol’ U.S. of A for Thanksgiving, you’re stuck in Madrid with a few friends…what to do? Can you find a turkey in Madrid? Do they even know what Thanksgiving is here in Spain? Well let’s find out.
Thanksgiving is obviously only celebrated in the U.S. and personally it is a great one. Food and family gather around a beautiful golden bird for one special day filled with laughter, thanksgiving pants, and the smell of pumpkin pie, gravy, sweet potato pie & so much more. And while spending Thanksgiving Day in Spain might not be your first pick (no family or canned cranberry), no need to freak out, because it’s not all lost.
When a group of Americans from all over the US come together to celebrate Thanksgiving in a foreign land, you know it’s going to be a good time. Everyone usually volunteers to make their favorite Thanksgiving dish, which almost always has a distinctly regional touch. You’d be surprised at what some of the delicious things people stuck in Spain are able to make (or buy).
You’ve been in Madrid for a couple of months now and you’ve made friends from all corners of the world…this will make for a very interesting and delicious Thanksgiving.
At first, your non-North American friends will think that you’re insane for wanting to recreate a feast so meticulous and vast, spending hours or even days in the kitchen. Your friends will be flabbergasted at all the preparation, detail and spirit that is instilled in each “giri.” Now don’t get me wrong, Spaniards love to gather and prepare loads of food for any occasion, but it is the idea of going all out on this particular day. There are some pretty inserting things you see at the table from your non American friends, i.e.; tortilla, jamon, cocido, paella, etc… Things you wont typically see on your grandmas table in Georgia, but delicious nonetheless.
Furthermore, they won’t understand why you had to find a turkey, instead of simply making a couple of roasted chickens. Neither will they understand why you would spend a ridiculous amount of money on imported cranberry sauce, much less what it is.
Just as you are in Spain to learn a new culture, it is also up to you to share yours. And Thanksgiving is a perfect chance to share the American culture with them. Bring your Spanish friends gather them in the kitchen, around the table, share your old Thanksgiving stories from back home, teach them the methodology behind preparing the turkey which will be sure to awe and inspire.
We all know that out-of-state Thanksgiving will never be the same as being back in the US with your family. But it will be really fun, you will eat very well, and you will be surprised at how many people you’ll impress with American food, culture & stories.
If you want to find out where to find Thanksgiving ingredients in Madrid:
Taste of America: The name says it all. With many locations in Madrid, here you’ll find: canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, pre-made pies, marshmallows, gravy and much more.
My American Market: An online shop for staple ingredients like pie crust, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and canned pumpkin.
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!