What to eat on Thanksgiving?

22. November 2018

Thanksgiving - In Switzerland, this American tradition is mainly known from a wide variety of Hollywood movies and series. The whole family gathers around a big table, there’s a big turkey and lots of food served and everyone eats until they almost burst. Sounds kind of awesome, doesn’t it?

WBut what exactly is behind this tradition? The word "Thanksgiving" comes from the Christian harvest festival and is, as the name implies, about saying thank you for a good harvest. People have have come together for centuries to celebrate a good harvest and to ring in the upcoming winter.

Today still, this old tradition is reflected in the classic autumn dishes served on Thanksgiving: The roasted turkey is usually served with sweet potatoes, pumpkin and squash, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, green beans and corn. And let’s of course not forget the famous Stuffing which consists of roasted bread with onions, garlic, broth and fresh herbs.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Switzerland

While Switzerland does not officially celebrate Thanksgiving, the trend is still slowly migrating from the US to us. But what can people eat for Thanksgiving in Switzerland, which regional ingredients are in season for a harvest festival in Switzerland?

Yummy Swiss alternatives to Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Fresh Pumpkin Soup
  • Venison with Glazed Chestnuts and Red Cabbage
  • Green Bean Casserole with Bacon and Onions
  • Cordon Bleu with Rösti
  • Porcini Mushroom Risotto
  • “Mistchratzerli” (a small roasted chicken) with Root Vegetables and Potatoes


Sounds good? Then grab your loved ones now and gather for a nice Swiss Thanksgiving! Don't feel like cooking and doing the dishes? We got you. You can also find these tasty menus here on EAT.ch:

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