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Just because you’re not in America doesn’t mean you should forgo Thanksgiving! You can celebrate it like you would at home as long as you know exactly where to get everything.
Here’s a bunch of questions you might have while prepping for Thanksgiving in Amsterdam. Hopefully I answer them all especially in regards to where to buy a turkey in Amsterdam!
Where can I get a turkey in Amsterdam?
Ask your local butcher if they have turkeys a week before Thanksgiving. If they don’t, then you can order one from them a few days in advance.
The butcher shop, Kema Vlees, I got my turkey from is on Kinkerstraat at the intersection of Ten Katestraat. In general, this is a really great butcher with inexpensive quality meats.
Will the turkey fit into my oven?
Yes, I know your oven here is tiny, but the turkeys here are also smaller than the ones in the US so it WILL fit!
Because my oven is so small, I didn’t want to deal with going in and out of it to baste the turkey or risk my turkey getting overcooked. To prevent both issues, I brined my turkey for a couple of days with this recipe.
Since I brined the turkey though, I didn’t make any stuffing inside the turkey or use its juices for gravy because brined turkey equals bad tasting stuffing and gravy.
What will I do about the stuffing & gravy?
For the gravy, I made a very, fat heavy chicken stock from some leftover chicken bones and pieces I had from homemade soup the week before. Then, I used this recipe for it.
As for the stuffing, we made stuffing completely from scratch with my mother-in-law’s yummy recipe.
Where can I find pumpkin puree, cranberry sauce,
frozen pie crusts, & more?
Even when I lived in America, I made most of Thanksgiving from scratch because that boxed stuff does not taste good at all, and making food from scratch is quite easy!
- Microwave for 2 minutes so it’s easier to cut in half.
- Cut in half and remove seeds (to roast them later for a snack).
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Place the halves on a cookie sheet lined with lightly oiled aluminum foil.
- Bake the pumpkin for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the flesh is tender when poked with a fork.
- Cool until just warm.
- Scrape the pumpkin flesh from the peel, and puree with a processor or blender.
If you’re looking for pumpkin spices, you can buy cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg at Albert Heijn.
For cranberry sauce, this is about the easiest thing you can make besides toast. I used this recipe and stored it in a canning jar.
I’d recommend using orange juice as the comments suggest! Again, I got the cranberries from Ten Kate Market but they also sell it at Albert Heijn or bodegas in your neighborhood.
For pie crusts, this year I bought a premade graham cracker crust from Tijn’s Toko. Last year, Mike made a simple crust from flour, butter, and milk, and again, it can be made ahead of time and even frozen.
For anything else that you might be missing and would usually buy already prepped in stores in the United States, just Google it, and more often than not, you’ll find that the from scratch version is just as easy to make as searching for it in stores.
How can I boost my hosting skillz?
Not a Thanksgiving must, but why not add in some easy DIY bling to give Thanksgiving a little extra oomph?
Try adding a simple banner, gold leaves, or framing a definition of Thanksgiving. They’re all really easy projects that should take less than 10 minutes each!
As long as you know where to buy a turkey in Amsterdam, you’re pretty much golden for Thanksgiving, but if you have any other questions you need answered for your American Thanksgiving in Amsterdam? Ask away below in the comments!
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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