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The Abroad Perspective presents… Thanksgiving Day in Spain!

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“In America, the fourth Thursday every November is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day”. This tradition dates back to 1621 where the Pilgrims from England invited the local Native Americans to a feast after a successful season of good harvest. On this day to give thanks, Americans typically celebrate by coming together with friends and family and enjoying a full meal consisting of Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and corn. Contrary to the now popular tradition of Turkey for dinner, the first Thanksgiving instead included a three-day feast of goose, lobster, cod, and deer. You can find some spots in Madrid that will offer a special food menu for the Thanksgiving holiday such as the Sandó restaurant, Intercontinental Hotel, Nice to Meet You skylounge, or Fudeat for catering.

A popular tradition paired with Thanksgiving is Black Friday which is celebrated the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is a perfect day for dedicated shoppers in search for the best deals stores have to offer. Some stores in Spain also celebrate Black Friday- so you won’t have to put your shopping habits on pause if you are here during the holidays! In Spain, stores offer sales online and in-store as well from the Friday after Thanksgiving until Monday, also known as Cyber Monday in America. Great way to get started on your holiday shopping early and save money while doing so!”

MadridEasy invites you to take this day to reminisce on all you are thankful for!

Don’t miss this special video about ‘Thanksgiving’ in Madrid!

Thanksgiving in Madrid! Where to go?

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Thanksgiving is an American holiday celebrated traditionally to give thanks for the harvest. Today, many Americans carry on this tradition with the consumption of food. This is not your everyday average meal but rather a grand meal to celebrate with loved ones. Tradition cuisine includes: oven roasted turkey with stuffing, potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, yams, corn, green bean casserole, pies of all sorts, and many more custom to each family. While it is easy to celebrate such traditions in the US, being in a foreign country can make it difficult to find all the food items. As cities like Madrid do not celebrate it, for obvious reasons, it is still possible to have a thanksgiving experience while abroad. There are ways to make your own thanksgiving meal at home or find locations in Madrid offering Thanksgiving meals.

Thanksgiving at home

It is possible to create your own thanksgiving meal but it will definitely have a Madrid twist. The main part of a Thanksgiving meal is the turkey. Finding a whole turkey in Madrid is not practical, however, it is possible. It would be easier to settle for a whole chicken. Once you secure your chicken or turkey, you must have stuffing. Where will you find stuffing mix? Nowhere. Do you have your own recipe? I hope it did not include cornbread mix because there will be no it to create stuffing. Additionally, the cranberries in Madrid, not like the cranberries in the US used to make cranberry sauce. Want to attempt it? Go ahead, not know that you were warned. Honestly, don’t do it! If you see a sign that says “grosellas” and not “arandanos rojos” these are actually red currants, and many have learned the hard way. Other items may or may not be obtained about but you can always be creative and add some of your favorite Spanish dishes to the mix.

Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Corn

Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Corn

Here we bring you this easy and simple Thanksgiving menu so that you can feel closer to home. Check it out here.


Find a Thanksgiving Meal in Madrid!

American Club of Madrid

ACM is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, where the chef will be making authentic American Thanksgiving cuisine. You must RSVP for this event and it is available to non-members of ACM. Here is a link for more details:


Roll Madrid

Roll Madrid will have a special menu for Thanksgivings! Check it out and make your reservation to guarantee your meal. More details can be found here:


Nice to Meet You

Nice to Meet You is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, make your reservation today. You do not want to meet the opportunity to enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving meal. Check it out at this link:




James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid

Not only will you get to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving food items, you will also be able to watch the Thanksgiving NFL game! This is the place to go for all those who love American football. No need to make reservations, just show up ready for food and football.




Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving menu: Filled turkey, mashed potatoes and berry sauce

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Thanksgiving menu

Here we bring you this easy and simple thanksgiving menu so that you can feel closer to home!

Traditional Thanksgiving turkey recipe

  • Roasting (6pers): A turkey of about 3 kg, 1 Pippin Apple, 2 branches of celery, 1/2 onion, olive oil, salt and pepper.

To prepare the turkey, and that it is well juicy is suitable to use in a large size bag. We rub the Turkey with olive oil, season it and fill it with the apple.


We lined the tip of the legs with foil so they don’t burn and put it in the roasting bag. Chop the celery and onion into crude pieces and put it together with the turkey. Close the bag and put it on a baking tray.

We bake 175 degrees for 2 hours and a half bag by placing the tray in the Middle, taking care that the turkey doesn’t touch the heating elements on the top. After two hours, we put a sheet of foil over the breast to avoid burning in excess. After 2 hours and a half, turn off the oven but leave the turkey inside until ready to serve.

When everything is ready, open roasting bag and collect the juices with celery and onion, reducing it to make the gravy. We cut slices of turkey, starting on the breast. Thighs, wings and other prey are boned so each diner can serve only the meat.

  • For the filling: 400 g Cornbread, 1 onion, 100 g of bacon into strips, 20-30 raisins of Corinth, 600 ml of chicken stock

To make the stuffing, fry the bacon with the very chopped onion, and when transparent add the breadcrumbs of corn and broth, mixing a few minutes until a moist dough. You can replace the cornbread for loaf bread crumbs.


Accessories and fittings


  • Mashed potatoes

Place potatoes (approx. 2 medium-sized potatoes per person) and garlic in large saucepan. Cover with water and boil. Cooking over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft; drain.

Return potatoes and garlic to saucepan. Beat with a hand mixer until well blended. Add 1 oz of grated Parmesan cheese, a tablespoon of butter and another one of rosemary; keep beating until it is well soft. Incorporate gradually 1/2 cup of evaporated milk until fluffy in the mash. Season with salt and pepper.

berry sauce

  • Blueberry sauce

Put one cup of frozen blueberries without water in a pot over low to medium heat, there will be enough liquid from the thawing of the berries. Stir a tablespoon of sugar into the berries, cook stirring until the berries are thawed and the Splenda dissolved; about 5 minutes.

Whisk together two tablespoons of cold water and one of cornstarch until smooth, add mixture to the berries and simmer and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Try to keep most of the berries whole as much as possible.


Thanksgiving in Madrid

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Thanksgiving in Madrid

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! Whether you are an American or not, you can still enjoy this yummy holiday. One of the best way to connect with friends and loved ones is over a meal, so why not use Thanksgiving as your opportunity to throw a dinner party!

But what exactly is Thanksgiving? What started as a pilgrim harvest meal in 1621 has now become an American tradition celebrated on every fourth Thursday in November.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag tribe in 1621. The natives and the pilgrims shared a meal celebrating the first successful harvest in Plymouth.

Today, Thanksgiving is a day where all your loved ones gather around together and share a full course meal where you “give thanks”, or show your appreciation for everything in your life. The modern version of this holiday is celebrated by enjoying a meal and then after watching the Thanksgiving day football match on TV.November-Turkey

From pumpkin pie, to turkey, to mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, the traditional Thanksgiving meal is filled with yummy comfort food. If you’re feeling nostalgic while living in Madrid, why not head over to your local supermarket and make your own Thanksgiving meal? Taste of America is a store that offers a huge variety of American products, so you can be sure to find everything you need in order to prepare your turkey day dinner.

North American Stores for Thanksgiving in Madrid

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North American Stores for Thanksgiving in Madrid

Are you gonna celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid this year? Still have no idea where you could find North American products?

We have found these five shops which you can get all stuffs you need for Thanksgiving or more, and even the turkey!


1.       Taste of America


2.       The American Store


3.       American Food Corner


4.       Sabores del Mundo

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5.       Be Sweet

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Thanksgiving in Madrid

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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!