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Italian Thanksgiving Dinner

Although Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday, there are many wonderful Italian dishes that fit perfectly into a Thanksgiving
dinner menu.  Every family of Italian heritage has different culinary traditions to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Most people have traditional
recipes that they would never consider changing.  As well as the traditional turkey and side dishes most Americans are familiar with,
an Italian-American Thanksgiving will often also include an antipasto, a pasta course, soup and/or a salad, as well as many different
traditional desserts to complete the meal.  We are sharing a number of recipes  that we have made and that would be perfect for any
Thanksgiving dinner.  Choose one or more and create your own unique menu.
Perfect Roasted Turkey
How to Roast the Perfect Turkey
A picture-perfect turkey will make a beautiful centerpiece
for your Thanksgiving or Christmas table.  The skin will be
crisp and golden brown, the meat will be moist, and the
flavor will be delicious because you took care every step of
the way.  Follow a few basic guidelines and your guests
will be impressed with the results.
Turkey Recipes
Turkey Gravy
How to Brine a Turkey
How to Make Turkey Gravy
Brining means to soak in a strong salt water solution. Brining makes the turkey meat juicier overall by increasing the amount of liquid inside the cells of the meat. The brine moistens and seasons the meat, resulting in a juicier, tastier turkey.

How to Brine a Turkey  >>
Homemade gravy is an essential part of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
There are many ways to make a very flavorful gravy for your turkey.  We are providing you with a variety of methods to choose from.

Turkey Gravy Recipes  >>
Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing  >>
Rosemary Roasted Turkey  >>
Gorgonzola and Apple Stuffed Turkey Breast  >>
Turkey Roulade with Dried Fruit and Nut Stuffing  >>
Turkey Roulade with Italian Sausage, Raisins, and Pine Nut Stuffing  >>
Mushroom Ravioli with Mushroom Cream Sauce
Thanksgiving Pasta
Add a delicious pasta dish to your Thanksgiving menu this year.  These pasta recipes were especially selected to showcase some of the special ingredients that we typically associate with the season of autumn.

Thanksgiving Pasta Recipes >>
Cranberry and Walnut Cornbread Stuffing
Stuffing/Dressing Recipes
These stufffing/dressing recipes are not only delicious with turkey but make a great side dish for chicken, ham, or pork roasts.

Stuffing Recipes  >>
All of these side dishes are nice accompaniments to the traditional turkey, ham, or roasted meats that are served for Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. 

Side Dishes  >>
Holiday Dinner Side Dishes
Roasted Chestnuts
How to Roast Chestnuts
Roasted chestnuts are a big part of Italian get-togethers at Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.  They can be an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes or simply eaten as a snack.

How to Roast Chestnuts  >>
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin Cheesecake  >>
Pumpkin Cupcakes  >>
Pumpkin Pizzelle  >>
Pumpkin Pudding Cake  >>
Pumpkin Tiramisu  >>
Pumpkin Zeppole  >>
Apple Desserts
Italian Apple Cake  >>
Italian Apple Crumb Cheesecake  >>
Apple Crostata  >>
Apple Bread Pudding  >>
Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing  >>
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake  >>
Mini Apple Strudels  >>
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Wine to serve for Thanksgiving
Wines to Serve With Thanksgiving Dinner
Matching a single wine that compliments the multitude of
flavors that make up a Thanksgiving menu can be challenging.
So here are a few recommendations.

Thanksgiving Wine  >>
Holiday Soups

Start your Thanksgiving or Christmas Day Dinner with one of these
delicious soup recipes.  For the busy holiday season, each of these
soups can be made ahead of time so you just need to reheat and serve.

Holiday Soups  >>
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