An Italian Twist on an American Thanksgiving

ab7d458d89560ee3c432a53953cd44f9Whether you’re looking forward to the mashed potatoes or the deals at Best Buy, we can’t believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away! Before you get out those old, stained cookbooks and handwritten recipe cards, think about adding some new Thanksgiving favorites to your table this year!

Many Italian Americans serve a pasta dish at Thanksgiving, so why not introduce some traditional Italian flavors throughout the meal, as well? This year, we rounded up some Italian-inspired Thanksgiving recipes from our favorite chefs to give you options for changing up everything from the classic American green bean casserole to the star of every Thanksgiving meal, the turkey. And, if you’re not willing to part with dad’s famous stuffing recipe, why not help yourself to a balsamic bloody Mary or an espresso soda during the morning craziness instead?

Sample Italian-American Thanksgiving Menu


Chestnut Soup with Grappa Cream

Main Course

Italian Turkey with Pancetta, Sausage, and Fennel

Fennel Orange Cranberry Sauce

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Pesto Mashed Potatoes

Panettone Stuffing

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Caramelized Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Green Bean Casserole with Mozzarella and Roasted Red Peppers


Butternut Squash Tiramisu


Balsamic Bloody Mary

Espresso Soda

Have some recipe suggestions for our fellow readers? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Written by Krystyne Hayes, OSIA Executive Assistant to the National Executive Director.


One thought on “An Italian Twist on an American Thanksgiving

  1. Tuscan Kale Gratin, Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce, Ciabatta Bread Stuffing with Chestnuts, Cranberry Campari Relish

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