Italian Thanksgiving Dinner
Although Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday, there are many wonderful Italian dishes that fit perfectly into a Thanksgiving dinner menu. Every family of Italian heritage has different culinary traditions to celebrate Thanksgiving. Most people have traditional recipes that they would never consider changing. As well as the traditional turkey and side dishes most Americans are familiar with, an Italian-American Thanksgiving will often also include an antipasto, a pasta course, soup and/or a salad, as well as many different traditional desserts to complete the meal. We are sharing a number of recipes that we have made and that would be perfect for any Thanksgiving dinner. Choose one or more and create your own unique menu.
A picture-perfect turkey will make a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving or Christmas table. The skin will be crisp and golden brown, the meat will be moist, and the flavor will be delicious because you took care every step of the way. Follow a few basic guidelines and your guests will be impressed with the results.
Brining means to soak in a strong salt water solution. Brining makes the turkey meat juicier overall by increasing the amount of liquid inside the cells of the meat. The brine moistens and seasons the meat, resulting in a juicier, tastier turkey.
How to Brine a Turkey >>
Homemade gravy is an essential part of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. There are many ways to make a very flavorful gravy for your turkey. We are providing you with a variety of methods to choose from.
Turkey Gravy Recipes >>
Add a delicious pasta dish to your Thanksgiving menu this year. These pasta recipes were especially selected to showcase some of the special ingredients that we typically associate with the season of autumn.
Thanksgiving Pasta Recipes >>
These stufffing/dressing recipes are not only delicious with turkey but make a great side dish for chicken, ham, or pork roasts.
Stuffing Recipes >>
Sausage Stuffin' Muffins >>
All of these side dishes are nice accompaniments to the traditional turkey, ham, or roasted meats that are served for Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.
Holiday Dinner Side Dishes >>
More Side Dish Recipes >>
Roasted chestnuts are a big part of Italian get-togethers at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. They can be an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes or simply eaten as a snack.
How to Roast Chestnuts >>
WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF SPACE IN YOUR OVEN
Small enough to fit on your kitchen counter, but large enough to help you prepare for any meal or party.
Matching a single wine that compliments the multitude of flavors that make up a Thanksgiving menu can be challenging. So here are a few recommendations.
Thanksgiving Wine >>
Start your Thanksgiving or Christmas Day Dinner with one of these delicious soup recipes. For the busy holiday season, each of these soups can be made ahead of time so you just need to reheat and serve.
Holiday Soups >>
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MOVIES TO WATCH AFTER DINNER
A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner
A classic to watch every year while preparing dinner or to relax with afterwards
From Pumpkin Biscotti and Pumpkin Cannoli Dip to Pumpkin Tiramisu and Pumpkin Zeppole, find the perfect pumpkin dessert to compliment your Thanksgiving dinner.
Pumpkin Desserts >>
A wonderful array of apple dessert recipes from which to choose to add to your Thanksgiving menu or to serve throughout the year.
Apple Desserts >>