Last year I missed my first holiday with my family last year. Celebrating Thanksgiving in Spain is a great way to meet new friends and show your Spanish friends what the tradition is about. Invite your friends. Invite all the stragglers. Even if space is an issue, there’s always someone out there who feels lonely and it’s always best to include everyone!
Eat out with friends
There are a few restaurants in Madrid that feature a Thanksgiving dinner. Call for pricing and reservations!
- La Gringa
- Roll Madrid
- La Gamella
- Pecado Carnal
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Hotel Ritz Madrid
Potluck Thanksgiving in Spain
Relieve the stress of being the hostess by asking everyone to bring one dish or something to drink. Más vino, por favor.
Where to Find A Turkey in Spain
Make sure you can fit in the oven! Try to order in advanced. The price will depend on on how many kilos you order, usually somewhere between 3-5 euros.
- Local pollería y carnicerías
- Mercados to try:
- Mercado Corredera Baja
- Mercado de Mostenses
- Mercado Anton Martin
- Mercado Maravillas
- Supermarkets: El Corte Inglés, Lidl, Carrefour
- Get it delivered by Carne Villa Maria
Where to find other ingredients for a Thanksgiving in Spain:
- Taste of America (marshmellows, canned cranberry)
- American Sweet (Madrid)
- Gourmet food section at El Corte Inglés
- Gold Gourmet (Madrid)
Online stores include:
- My American Market
- Yummy Planet
- Sabores del Mundo
Some simple recipes I found for Thanksgiving sides, where you can find all the ingredients in Spain:
- Honey Roasted Squash and Cranberries with Feta (can sub squash for sweet potatoes)
- Oven Roasted Brussell Sprouts
- This Simple Stuffing recipe or this Vegan Stuffing recipe
And for those that like to leave plans until the very end, read Spanish Sabores’ blog post on preparing a last minute Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving expats!
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Spain? Did I miss any restaurants that host Thanksgiving dinners? Or shops to find turkeys or American ingredients? Let me know below.