Thanksgiving Menu: Italian Thanksgiving Recipes

Extravagant dinners are an Italian specialty, especially during the holidays. Here is a no-fuss way to cook up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner the Italian way, using fresh seafood recipes, a bounty of bread, and, of course, panna cotta. Try this Italian Thanksgiving menu for a twist on tradition this holiday season.

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    Italian Thanksgiving Menu

    Amazingly flavorful Italian recipes turn Thanksgiving dinner into a spectacular, rousing feast. Try our delicious Italian Thanksgiving menu this holiday season.

    The Menu:
    Antipasto Platter
    Seafood Bruschetta
    Roasted Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp
    Mini Crab Cakes
    Fennel and Orange Salad
    Sauteed Spinach
    Vanilla Panna Cotta

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    Easy Antipasto Platter

    Start the Thanksgiving celebration with a simple antipasto platter made with a selection of high-quality store-bought ingredients. Try a mix of marinated artichokes and olives, Italian cheeses, bread, thinly sliced meats, and dried or fresh figs or apricots.

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    Seafood Bruschetta

    Serve a bruschetta unlike any other this Thanksgiving. With lumps of freshly cooked crab and succulent bites of shrimp, the rich tomato topper is the perfect pair to a crisp, salty crostini.

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    Quick-Roasted Salt and Pepper Shrimp

    With only two steps and four ingredients, there is no easier way to whet your holiday guests' appetites than with a quick roasted shrimp starter. A simple salt-and-pepper seasoning is all you need for this shrimp dish to shine.

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    Mini Crab Cakes

    These crab cakes are both meaty and full of great savory seasoning, which makes them incredibly tender and delicious. Green onion, red pepper, Worcestershire, and mustard are just a few of the tasty ingredients that fill this Thanksgiving appetizer.

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    Fennel and Orange Salad

    Refreshing, slightly spicy raw fennel pairs perfectly with the juicy bite of tangy-sweet blood orange. Add extra color to this Thanksgiving recipe by using both blood and naval oranges.

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    Sauteed Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts

    This classic Roman dish is slightly sweet with just a hint of salt. Add the buttery crunch of pine nuts, and it's a perfect side dish for your Italian Thanksgiving menu.

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    Italian tradition makes fish the star of the holiday season. We've honored that with our bouillabaisse, a deliciously seasoned seafood stew. Homemade garlic-Parmesan croutons add extra crunch and flavor to this holiday recipe.

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    Vanilla Panna Cotta

    Panna cotta is the simplest of Italian desserts -- a soft-set pudding made with cream, sugar, and gelatin. Here, this Italian classic is infused with a subtle hint of vanilla and topped with a sweet rosemary-honey drizzle. Other options include cranberry coulis and bittersweet chocolate sauce.

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    How to Make Tiramisu

    Want a more traditional Italian dessert for Thanksgiving? Watch this video to get our best tips and tricks for making tiramisu.

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    End the Italian Feast with Wine

    Don't forget the vino for your Italian-style Thanksgiving dinner. Here are tips on how to pick the perfect holiday wine, as well as a free wine label to personalize your bottle.

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