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Hosting American Thanksgiving in Paris: tips & tricks for preparing your own feast!

This post was most recently updated on November 19th, 2021

Where to get your American Thanksgiving ingredients in Paris.

Have no fear, as an American in Paris, there are plenty of options for a turkey dinner. Now, it may not be your grandma’s cooking (unless she was classically French trained), but it’s the next best thing you’ll get being away from home. Whether you’re looking to dine out, take away, or preparing it yourself, here’s some helpful hints if you’re an American in Paris during Thanksgiving and you’re craving that down-home Turkey dinner. 

If you’re not an American in Paris, but you’re looking for some good recipes or suggestions, this article is also for you! I’ve got a selection of recipes I like to use for Turkey day, so if you’re looking for something different or need some inspiration, please enjoy ! 

Thanksgiving Supplies in Paris

Preparing the Turkey Dinner yourself

Where to buy your staple ingredients

I have some glorious news! You do not need to smuggle in your Thanksgiving staples when you come back from summer holidays. There are several places around Paris that you can find down-home traditional American ingredients; particularly the canned or boxed kind. Have no fear, we are not totally lost in the wilderness here. 

Here are my favorite haunts for American staples I cannot cook without : 

In Good We Trust  

Address : 67 Rue Quincampoix, 75003 Paris
Metro : Rambuteau, line 11. 

This should be your one-stop-shop any day of the year if you’re an American living in Paris. You can find (almost) anything and everything here. If you are looking for something specific, be sure to ask at the counter. They’ll be able to offer sound and solid advice, particularly if they do not offer the item, they may be able to tell you where to find it ! 

This happens to be my favorite shop to buy all my American staples. Not only is it around the corner from where I live, but it is reasonably priced and their selection is huge. 

The Real McCoy :

Address : 194 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Metro : La Tour Maubourg or Ecole Militaire, line 8. 

This shop has been around for some time and is a staple in the American expat community.  Here, you will find all your Thanksgiving staple needs from Stove Top boxed stuffing to Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce, fried onions, and the like. Another one-stop-shop for your Thanksgiving dish needs. 

Here is a list of all the items that have and their prices for all your Thanksgiving needs. You can even get a raw turkey from the for 60€ (6 to 8 people) ! 

Recipes to cook for your Turkeey Day feast

I haven’t had the chance to host my own American Thanksgiving yet since moving to France. So I do not have my own recipes to share with you this year. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite borrowed recipes from different corners of the internet.

Here’s the list of recipes you’ll be able to easily whip up in your French kitchen for your American feast : 

Go-To Homemade recipes:

Green bean casserole: You cannot go wrong with the classic Campbell’s green bean casserole recipe for your dinner. If you can’t find cream of mushroom soup, I’ve got a recipe here where you can make your own. It’s a lot easier than you think and whips up in no time ! 

Butter-roasted Sweet Potatoes : I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes and i freaking love roasted vegetables. They’re easy and painless; you pop them in the oven and forget about them until the timmer goes off (or your nose smells the golden goodness). 

Mashed potatoes : You cannot go wrong with creamy mashed potatoes, amiright?! You also cannot go wrong when you have an Ina Garten recipe and this one takes the cake. If you want to do something a little different, you can always try Julia Child’s Potato Gratin Dauphinois

Roast Turkey : This Alton Brown method is the one my mother swears by and sings her praises to during the holidays. I have to agree, it is quite the game changer. Now, you may need to do a little adjustment here in terms of quantities (I’m not sure you can find a 6 to 7 kg bird in Paris). But this would totally wow the socks off your guests . This also requires planning and space. 

Stuffing : I am known to crave stuffing at the most randon time throughout the year. Since moving to Paris, finding Stove Top stuffing mix has become a sort or rare unicorn (among many other things). This recipe from The Kitchn really helped curb those cravings. 

Cranberry sauce : The canned version is all good, but homemade is way better. And Ina Garten’s Cranberry Fruit Conserve is the best thing you’ll serve at the table. My mum found this one and has ditched the canned version indefinitely. 

Pot drippings Gravy : Another Alton Brown staple that makes your time in the kitchen on the big day less of a hassle. Make ahead Gravy ? Ummm, yes please ! Luckily you can find Worcestershire sauce at your local Monoprix or even G20 (and I’m sure other markets as well). If you’re in Paris and can’t find any, here’s a good site that has substitute options that you’re already bound to have in your kitchen arsenal. 

Maple Pumpkin pie : This may be behind a paywall, if it is, shoot me an email. It wouldn’t be thanksgiving without a classic pumpkin pie. Throw in some maple syrup to round it out and it’s even better. You can find pumpkin pie filling at the shops mentioned above as well as Boneshaker Donuts in the 2nd. They’ve got cans of the real stuff, Libby’s. 

Grandma Marge’s dinner rolls : This is regular at my extended family’s Thanksgiving (and Christmas) celebrations. It’s one of the items I look forward to every year ! 

Gobble, gobble : what the heck to do about the turkey

Whole turkey is not something you can usually get year-round in Paris. It’s recommended to ask your local butcher as soon as possible because it will most likely need to be special ordered. If you can get your hands on a dinde de Bresse you’ll be in good luck. Luckily, whole turkey is becoming easier to find these days so you’ll jut have to ask and plan ahead. 

If your butcher does not have the ability to get a whole turkey for you, here are a few French options to go with that stick with the “stuffed bird” theme. 

Poulet de Bresse – The best option if you’d like to have a traditionally looking roasted bird as the center piece of your feast. This bird has the reputation of being the best quality in terms of table chicken. My local butcher has these all the time and I will say they are simply divine to cook. 

Poulet de Cent Jours – literally chicken of 100 days. It is considered the Rolls-Royce in the chicken world due to its impeccable texture and flavor. Because of the conditions of raising this bird, the body is typically bigger than your traditional bird you’d find at the butcher. Perfect for larger groups.

Chapon – A large, tender bird perfect for roasting for your dinner. This bird is a rooster that has been castrated before reaching sexual maturity. This process improves the quality of meat because there is a lack of testosterone which can make the meat more tough. This one will be harder to find in the States, but in Paris, you can ask your local butcher if they can get you one. 

Caille – If you are really feeling liking upping the anty for you Thanksgiving feast and going totally French, serve individual quails for each guest. Depending on the size you may need up to 2 per person for your feast. 

Side note on ordering a whole bird from your butcher, especially if the head and feet are still attached to said bird. Which is usually what you’ll find at your local butcher shop. Ask for the bird to be préparé (or they may ask you immediately when you order it). This means they will cut the head and feet off as well as stick the giblets inside (if you want) of the body. 

Saving the best for last : Pie !

Don’t have the patience (or possibly the room in the kitchen) for desserts ? These shops have you covered ! 

Atelier L Paris : taking custom orders for pies. Head to her website to place your order today.  

Izzy’s is doing their pies again ! Better get your request in quick, they go fast ! Pumpkin and the newest addition, Caramel Apple Pie for pre-order here this year. 

Sweet Pea Paris is offering Apple, Pumpkin and Pecan pies for order. She’s also offering meals as well. Head to her Instagram to send her a DM to order yours today ! 

Going out to eat for Turkey Day 2021

There are quite a few food hotspots in Paris that will be serving a Turkey Day dinner. If you really don’t feel like spending all the time in the kitchen and want to support a local restaurant,  here’s a few favorites where you’ll not want to miss this year : 

Joe Allen

Address : 30 Rue Pierre Lescot, 75001 Paris
Metro : Etienne Marcel, Line 4. 

Dine in : 50€ per person . You can make your reservations bye emailing here: antoine@joeallenparis.com 
Date : November 25, 26 and 27.

Sunday in Soho 

Address : 7 Rue Saint Marc, Paris 75002
Metro : Grands Boulevards, lines 8,9 or Bourse, line 3. 

Dine in : starting from 75€ . Menu here
Date : November 25, 26, and 27. 
Time : 18h15 or 21h15 all three days. 

Take Away : starting from 50€. Menu here
Pricing : Serves 1 person (50€), 2 people (100€), 4 people (200€)or 6 people (300€).
Date : November 25, 26 ad 27.
Delivery Days : November 24, 25, and 26 between 18h and 21h. 
Orders must be places by November 18th to ensure proper delivery. 

Treize au Jardin

Address : 5 rue Medicis, 75006 Paris
Metro : Luxembourg, RER B ONLY. 

Dine in : 65€ per person. Menu here. Tickets must be bought here. Informational form must be filled out upon purchase of tickets to complete your reservation.  Vegetarian options available.
Date : November 25 . 
Time : 19h

Take Away : At the time of publication of this post, it is unclear whether take away/delivery is an option. 

Breakfast in America 1

Address : 17 Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris
Metro : Cardinal Lemoine, Line 10. 

Dine in : 39€95 per person. Menu and information here. No children’s or vegetarian options. 
Date : November 25. 
Time : 18h or 20h. 
Email bia.thanksgiving@gmail.com for reservations based on a first come, first served basis. 

Take Away : At the time of publication of this post, it is unclear whether take away/delivery is an option. 

Milagro

Address : 85 Avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris
Metro : Ecole Militaire, Line 8. 

Dine in : 50€ per person . You can make your reservations here
Date : November 25, 26 and 27.
Time : from 19h to 22h. 

Take Away : Options to order dinner for 1 (50€) or dinner for 2 (100€) . Pick up time is between 15h and 18h on the 25, 26, and 27. Orders for take away must be placed by November 18, 2021. 

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