Italian Thanksgiving Menu

Vanilla Panna Cotta
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.

Antipasto Platter with Tomato Chutney

Start the Thanksgiving celebration with a simple antipasto platter made with a garlicky homemade tomato chutney and a selection of high-quality, store-bought ingredients. Try a mix of blanched green veggies, marinated artichokes and olives, Italian cheeses, crackers, and thinly sliced meats.

Roma Tomato Jam and Manchego Cheese Bruschetta

Start your Italian Thanksgiving feast off right with bruschetta. Instead of using chopped tomatoes for your topper, make your own tomato jam for a smooth, rich topper for crunchy French bread and slices of Manchego cheese.

Provolone-Prosciutto Green Bean Casserole

Give green bean casserole a Mediterranean twist by stirring in crispy prosciutto and melty provolone cheese. Two full pounds of green beans go into this creamy side dish, so you'll have plenty for everyone at your table (even when people want seconds).

Twice-Baked Pesto Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are no longer just a gravy-delivery device. These twice-baked potatoes have pesto mixed in with the potato filling. Set out a bowl so pesto-lovers can spoon extra on top, too.

Butternut Squash Risotto

The best side at Italian dinners meets a fall and Thanksgiving cooking classic. The result? A luxurious butternut squash risotto that's extra creamy.

Roast Turkey with Arugula-Pesto Rub

This turkey needs at least 3 hours to roast, but never fear—this Italian Thanskgiving recipe calls for just 15 minutes of prep time. Included in that tally: time to make your own turkey rub with Italian flavors by combining arugula, basil, Romano cheese, and toasted walnuts.

Pumpkin Frangelico Pie with Mascarpone

Pumpkin pie goes Italian with a mascarpone cheese filling and a splash of hazelnut liqueur mixed in with the usual pumpkin and spices. For additional nutty flavor, use hazelnut pastry for the crust and sprinkle glazed hazelnuts on top as a garnish.

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.


Mini Crab Cakes

The only binder in this meaty crab cake recipe: egg! That means each bite is incredibly tender and delicious. Green onion, red pepper, Worcestershire, and mustard are just a few of the tasty ingredients that fill this Thanksgiving appetizer.

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.


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.

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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