Don't miss these Italian Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas! My family's Thanksgiving feasts include a delicious mix of Italian recipes and traditional American favorites. You'll find Thanksgiving appetizers, side dishes, desserts and drinks from Cooking with Mamma C! There's turkey too!
There's no shortage of food at Italian Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States. We have to fit in the traditional American favorites like turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and pie while throwing in pasta, Italian greens and pizzelle for good measure.
Plus, we have to put an Italian spin on nearly everything.
In my family, we baste the turkey with wine and garlic and serve Italian bread to sop up the juices. Every veggie side dish, every single one, is Italian, including the salad.
We just can't help it.
So, if you want to feast like an Italian, I've got you covered! Here are my best Thanksgiving recipe ideas. They include vegan and vegetarian options too!
Italian Thanksgiving Dinner
Many Italian families living in America will incorporate some pasta into the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Shocker, right?! Typically, there will be either soup, lasagna or manicotti served as the primo piatto (first dish).
Thanksgiving Turkey & Gravy
Turkey on Thanksgiving is a must for Italians who want to embrace this American holiday. Of course, we'll put an Italian accent on it!
Do you have appetizers on Thanksgiving? Here are some that would be perfect. All of these are vegetarian, except for the poppers.
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
On Thanksgiving, it's all about the side dishes! Am I right?
Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Looking for Thanksgiving sides without eggs or dairy? These amazing Italian side dishes all happen to be vegan!
Italians love salad with every holiday meal! It's a must for Thanksgiving.
It's fun to make special drinks for Thanksgiving! Here are some your guests will love, and most of these make great gifts as well.
Our Italian Thanksgiving feasts usually include traditional American desserts with some Italian ones added for flair. Mom's cannoli is legendary at Thanksgiving, but her recipe is in the vault!
Well, that's all folks. I could go on and on, but you should have enough menu ideas for now.
I hope you'll try some of these Italian Thanksgiving dinner recipes! I'm thankful for all of you!
(Originally published on November 16, 2018 and updated now with additional text and recipes.)