Italian Thanksgiving Menu

Extravagant dinners are an Italian specialty, especially during the holidays. Cook up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner the Italian way without the fuss using fresh seafood recipes, a bounty of bread, and yes—even an Italian Thanksgiving turkey! Try this Italian Thanksgiving menu for a twist on tradition this holiday season.

Antipasto Platter with Tomato Chutney

Italian holidays of any kind aren't complete without an antipasto platter. Start the Thanksgiving celebration with this simple 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 right with bruschetta. Instead of using chopped tomatoes for your topper, make your own tomato jam for a smooth, rich spread for crunchy French bread and slices of Manchego cheese. This classic is a staple at most Italian dinners, so it definitely belongs among your Italian Thanksgiving courses.

Provolone-Prosciutto Green Bean Casserole

If you're looking to start your own Italian Thanksgiving traditions, there's no better way than by putting a new spin on a Thanksgiving favorite. 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 herb-lovers can spoon extra on top, too. Make your Italian relatives proud by making your own homemade pesto instead of using store-bought.

Butternut Squash Risotto

No Italian Thanksgiving could ever be complete without risotto. In this recipe, the best side dish at Italian dinners mingles with a Thanksgiving cooking classic. The result? A luxurious butternut squash risotto that's extra silky.

Roast Turkey with Arugula-Pesto Rub

We promised you an Italian Thanksgiving turkey, and we're here to deliver. This turkey needs at least 3 hours to roast, but never fear—this Italian Thanksgiving recipe calls for just 15 minutes of prep time. Included in that tally is enough time to make your own turkey rub with Italian flavors by combining arugula, basil, Romano cheese, and toasted walnuts.

Pumpkin Frangelico Pie with Mascarpone

A traditional Italian desserts table usually doesn't include pumpkin pie, but this recipe makes the case for why it should. 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. 

Quick-Roasted Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Looking for seafood Thanksgiving menu ideas? Look no further! 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.

Sautéed 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. It'll also add a healthy Thanksgiving side to the table among the casseroles and dinner rolls.


Italian tradition makes fish the star of the holiday season. We've honored that with bouillabaisse, a deliciously seasoned seafood stew. Homemade garlic-Parmesan croutons add extra crunch and flavor to this holiday recipe. All the guests at your Italian Thanksgiving table will thank you for this warm and hearty stew.

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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