The Canadian/British Version of American Thanksgiving

It’s American Thanksgiving, and even though we had already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving over a month ago, we felt the urge to celebrate it all over again because any excuse to cook a full turkey is a holiday to me. But to put a spin on things, we incorporated some Canadian and British elements to make a unique turkey dinner for American Thanksgiving.

One sunday last summer, I was at a pub in London, UK enjoying a sunday roast. Happily devouring my roast beef and slowly working through the gravy filled yorkshire pudding, I thought to myself, “You know what would work well with this yorkshire pudding? Poutine.” And thus, my idea of a poutine inside of a yorkshire pudding was born. One year later, we made our first attempt and even took this a step further specially for the occasion, to make a Turkey Poutine on top of a Yorkshire Pudding. This is the result.

We are quite pleased with the results, and our stomachs were thanking us after this meal. However, the Yorkshire Pudding didn’t rise as it should have, so it was more like a pancake, but it still tasted normal. Also, the cheese curds were ok, not the best, but good enough for this dinner. On the other hand, the gravy was very tasty, complete with peppercorns for that extra kick. But it was turkey that gave this poutine it’s character and it’s taste, good job on the tasty bird Mike. The broccoli and carrots just added some colour to the dish for presentation purposes. All in all, for a first attempt, it was a success. Now that we are smarter we will attempt it again, and again, and again. Happy Thanksgiving!


Jason is the author of the book This All Encompassing Trip and loves to travel to see Pearl Jam. He spends his time doing design and video work as well as running a daddy blog called The Rockstar Dad.

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