All of us look forward to those delicious traditions that grace our Thanksgiving tables every year. Even though this is a uniquely American holiday, Italians that have emigrated to North America add their own unique flavors and dishes alongside the classic American food. Italians have embraced thanksgiving and every family of Italian heritage has their own unique traditions that to celebrate this traditional North American holiday. Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings together families, friends and of course food. Italian cuisine lends itself well to holiday entertaining, though, so a celebration of gratitude that’s as much about the people as it is the food makes the Italian cuisine a natural fit. So here’s how to enjoy an Italian Thanksgiving Celebration!
Celebrating an Italian Thanksgiving!
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner consists of roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. As well as the expected turkey and side dishes most Americans are familiar with, American-Italians certainly add fabulous recipes to their Thanksgiving menus.
Here, we present some Italian Thanksgiving dinner ideas that would work very well as part of a Thanksgiving feast, or can even use to substitute elements of it. Check out these ideas below!
One of the friendliest ways to add an Italian dish to your Thanksgiving meal is with an appetizer. Italians love to enjoy sausage, cheeses, stuffed mushrooms, and assorted olives. Olives are a must, including castelvetrano and black olives. Of course, a hearty salad with greens, fresh vegetables, and oils makes for a hearty and healthy side.
Traditional antipasti dishes are on display, including stuffed peppers and artichokes, shrimp, and roasted vegetables in olive oil. Moreover marinated mushrooms and mini onions are a favorite antipasto as well.
An Italian Thanksgiving Celebration here in North America will often also include smoked turkey and ham as well. Some Italians may opt for the traditional turkey, infusing it with Italian seasons such as oregano and rosemary. In addition,Turkey sausage is an Italian variation on this classic dish. It also includes Italian charcuterie, such as prosciutto, Genoa salami, and capicola.
Bread and breadsticks are a must and our asiago bread is always expected.
Traditionally, Italians include a soup before the main entree. For instance, Spiced pumpkin soup is perfect for a thanksgiving celebration.
Italian pasta dishes also take center stage, including ravioli and other stuffed pastas. Pumpkin stuffed ravioli or pastas with winter squash and lentils are perfect choices for a Thanksgiving feast.
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