Having grown up in the United States, Thanksgiving is a holiday that is always on my radar. But, since we’ve moved to Morocco throwing a Moroccan Thanksgiving has become more of the norm. Not that there is anything wrong with the usual American recipes but I’ve had a lot of fun creating and adapting recipes to give them a more North African flavor profile.
Obviously, there is no national holiday for Thanksgiving in Morocco but that doesn’t mean I don’t make it a family event. Last year I even helped create and sell a Thanksgiving menu with a local women’s non-profit. If you’re looking for something just a little different then why not consider adding some of these Moroccan Thanksgiving recipes to your menu? I think your guests will love them!
Moroccan Thanksgiving Recipes
Build your own Moroccan cheese/snack board! In my mind, there is no bad time to do this and a holiday celebration is a perfect excuse.
Spicy pumpkin seeds are a favorite and can be made quickly by mixing a little bit of harissa with the dry seeds.
A take on the usually sweet Moroccan mhncha with almonds and honey, this version is savory with pumpkin and feta.
In search of a yummy salad to serve alongside your Thanksgiving meal? This filling salad is a good side or enough for a main dish too.
The perfect Moroccan Thanksgiving recipe? Maybe! This soup is full of fall flavors you'll love.
I love simple sides and this is one that requires very little effort. The smoky potatoes bring in the flavors of Moorish Spain as well.
This is a more typical Moroccan salad but the flavors work great with Thanksgiving flavors.
A gluten-free option for an often gluten-heavy meal! Make these in advance and warm them up or serve at room temperature.
What's Thanksgiving without stuffing? Nothing! Try this slightly different take on stuffing - perfect to pair with a roast chicken or turkey.
This corn pudding may not have loads of Moroccan flavors but it's something my Moroccan family really enjoys.
A super simple side dish, roast carrots with ras al hanout are bursting with Moroccan flavors. Use any type of carrot you've got.
Don't want to roast a whole turkey? This turkey breast recipe is AMAZING! It's full of Moroccan and Mediterranean flavors that will lend a unique twist to your meal.
If you're looking for something smaller than a big turkey, this Moroccan roast chicken is just the ticket!
Quince are a popular fruit in Morocco and while normally served as a side dish, I've made them into this cake that uses lots of seasonal flavors.
Zmita is a special Moroccan product and it makes an amazing cheesecake crust! If you don't have any, graham crackers will work and just use the citrus flavors to make this a bit more Moroccan.
These are not exactly Moroccan but having fresh fruit for dessert is. By making them into this chocolate mousse dessert you'll have a hybrid dessert in minutes.