If you can’t find a fresh turkey, try contacting your local Metzgerei. They might be able to help you out.
In case you’re planning on having a smaller gathering, a whole chicken might suffice.
- The best substitute for cornmeal is generally Maisgrieß, which can be found in the baking section or near the pasta/rice aisle of your supermarket.
- Cranberries have become more common in Germany in recent years, and you might be able to find them fresh in the produce section. Alternatively, you could make your cranberry sauce from dried cranberries, which most supermarkets now have on the dried fruit shelves. For a quicker solution, you might substitute with Preiselbeeren (= lingonberry jelly). It has a similar sweet and tangy taste and is a lot more commonly found in stores. You just need to check in the canned goods section.
- Pumpkin puree is not as popular in baking here as it is in the US, which is why you might have trouble finding it. You could make your puree yourself from a whole pumpkin. If you’re looking for a less time-consuming alternative, you can check the baby food section. A lot of brands carry pumpkin baby food (for example, HIPP Reiner Butternut Kürbis). Just make sure to grab the kind that is pumpkin only as some varieties also have potatoes in them.