Spanish Thanksgiving Dishes – Delicious Recipes Inspired by Spain

Spanish Thanksgiving dishes? But isn’t Thanksgiving an American (and Canadian!) holiday? Sure– that’s true, but as an American living in Spain, I’ve hosted more Thanksgivings here than back home! And I have some fantastic tips and recipes for Spanish Thanksgiving dishes. These may not be traditional, but they sure are delicious… read on!

Spanish Thanksgiving Dishes
A Spanish style Thanksgiving! Photo by: Gonzalo Bacigalupe

My Favorite Spanish Thanksgiving Dishes

Here are some ideas for Spanish Thanksgiving dishes, from appetizers to sides to desserts– even leftovers! I’ve made most of these at some point, but don’t have a published recipe for all of them. That said, a lot of these Thanksgiving ideas are easy and adaptable– and the name says it all. I love experimenting at the holidays!

See also: Add a Spanish Twist to Your Thanksgiving Menu!


  • Dates stuffed with goat cheese and Marcona almonds and wrapped in bacon
  • Almond crusted fried goat cheese with honey glaze
  • Puff pastry stuffed with brie and fig jam, then drizzled with honey and roasted Marcona almonds
  • Spanish cheese platter with membrillo (quince paste) and Marcona almonds fried in a little olive oil, rosemary and sea salt
  • Pumpkin soup topped with paprika and sea salt roasted pumpkin seeds
Almond crusted fried goat cheese with honey
Sweet and savory fried goat cheese with honey.


  • Spanish Thanksgiving wines (Rioja, Amontillado sherry (with turkey!), cream sherry (for the pies!)
  • Thanksgiving spiced sangria (just add star anise and cloves to my traditional Spanish sangria recipe)
  • Warm spiced sangria (so good!)
  • Cranberry thyme gin and tonic
  • Cava (always appropriate!)
Best cava sangria recipe
Delicious holiday sangria! Photo by Chris Potako on flickr CC


Spanish Thanksgiving dishes and recipes
I love spending time with my family at Thanksgiving!


Spanish style green beans recipe
Spanish style green beans!


Spanish Cheesecake
Spanish style cheesecake is to die for!


  • Turkey croquettes (use my recipe for ham croquettes but sub shredded leftover turkey instead!)
  • Baked turkey empanada (use my recipe for this tuna empanada and sub turkey!)
Thanksgiving turkey croquettes
Thanksgiving leftover turkey croquettes are a great way to use leftover turkey!

I’ll keep adding to this list of Spanish Thanksgiving dishes as I prepare to go home to Massachusetts this year (and cook some of these delicious dishes there!).

And if you have any ideas that you think I should add, please leave me a comment!

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  1. How about Buffalo Turkey dip using leftover bird ? As a starter one could prepare sardine bruschetta with Olive paste, chunky tomato sauce, sardines all festooned with fresh basil and EVOO.

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