Thanksgiving in Germany

Thanksgiving in Germany

Thanksgiving in Germany

My German family has been so kind as to indulge my need for American holidays and has help put together Thanksgiving dinners for the past two years. It’s fun introducing them to American foods, and seeing how baffled they were last year at the idea of sweet potato casserole as a side. I think Germans like to keep their meals savory and their desserts sweet, so mixing in a sweet dish with the main meal just felt wrong to some of them.

Both years I made green bean casserole. I’m not very handy in the kitchen, so once I figured out how to make something decent, I stuck with it. My main problem was converting the recipe to be useful for getting ingredients from a German grocery store. When cooking and baking, Germans tend to stick to measuring ingredients by weight while Americans tend to measure by volume. So I was stuck trying to figure out how much 4 cups of green beans weighed. I was able to find out how many 14.5 oz cans of green beans equaled 4 cups and then converted that to grams (822!).

What was more difficult was figuring out the soup. I used the official Campbell’s recipe, which, of course, recommends using a can of one of their condensed Cream of Mushroom soup. Maybe I could have found it in a larger grocery store, but my Lidl does not carry condensed soup in cans. They carry powdered soup instead. Using my powers of logic, I deduced that if I added half the water to a packet of soup, it would make condensed soup. Voila! Success!

Green Bean Casserole Ingredients
Ingredients Assemble!
Green Bean Casserole Condensed Soup
Bam! Condensed soup!

I also substituted Maggi for the soy sauce, because that’s what I thought we had. Turns out that when I thought Mr. Faultier was complaining that we were almost out of Maggi, he was actually complaining that we were completely out of Maggi. Good thing we had this mini one lying around.

Tiny Maggi
For those who aren’t familiar with Maggi, it is a brand that makes a seasoning sauce that I believe is just like soy sauce, but Mr. Faultier disagrees. Wikipedia compares it to soy sauce, however.

So, per the instructions. I mixed everything together, saving some of the fried onions to put on top at the end. Not going to lie, even though I do have American measuring cups lying around, I did not actually use them for the fried onions. I just put half of the package in to cook and the other half on top at the end. Mr. Faultier was disappointed that I did not leave him any to snack on.

PreCooked Casserole
Mmmm, raw casserole.

I neglected to get a decent picture of it fresh out of the oven. I just snapped a quick picture on my phone to send to people. I did however make sure to take some pictures of it and the other food once I was at my mother-in-laws house. We hosted last year when our guest room was empty and we could put a picnic table in there, but now we are almost finished renovating and there is stuff in there!

Green Bean Casserole
Om nom nom
Thanksgiving in Germany
We’ve got cornbread, mashed potatoes, a cheese-potato-cauliflower-ham casserole, and corn! And some muffins hiding in the background for dessert.
Thanksgiving in Germany
Can’t forget the turkey! And cheddar mashed potatoes!
Thanksgiving in Germany
It was nice to have a little slice of home.

We didn’t have pumpkin pie, because the ingredients were too hard to track down. But we did have some muffins and these adorable berry parfaits made with yogurt quark and strawberries.

Thanksgiving Dessert
The single serve jars are great for portion control… unless you eat two or three!

While I missed my family back in America this Thanksgiving, having it here reminded me how wonderful my German family here is. They do so much for me and I’m very grateful for them helping me feel at home here.

Seychelles Mama

9 thoughts on “Thanksgiving in Germany

  1. It’s so nice of everyone to recreate a thanksgiving for and with you! You can come over next time and show me some of the recipes! I’m sure they’re delicious 😀

    1. We’re going to the US next year, but maybe I can bring some things back :-D. I’m planning on stocking up on pumpkin spice poptarts!

  2. I think that is so special that your German family put on thanksgiving for you. That shows how special you are to them! I always find it fun trying to recreate homely dishes in a different place, you end up getting so creative and sometimes you end up creating something delicious!! It’s the same but totally different all at once, just like expat life 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with #myexpatfamily

    1. They are wonderful! Having them here has made the transition much easier. I also think it’s fun for them to try new things.

  3. It is so cute that your German family want to celebrate your traditions too! My husband’s family has always been interested in any Belgian things I introduce them to as well. Although admittedly I think their bellies are doing the talking there – they get me to make waffles or bring beer!

  4. This reminds me of my first ever Thanksgiving this year in China. We have met some great American expats who were keen to show us how it’s done. I must admit some of the dishes had me thinking twice…like the pumpkin pie….pumpkin in a dessert??! Was all super delicious though and great to experience it. Loved the bean casserole too. Yours looks super tasty! 🙂

    1. I think the trick to American pumpkin pie is that you don’t really taste much pumpkin over all the spices. I think the cinnamon and nutmeg pull it into dessert territory. Thanks for reading!

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