Italian Thanksgiving Cooking Inspiration

I always remember Thanksgivings at my house being a little different. Because there’s no Thanksgiving in Italy, my Sicilian immigrant parents had to figure out what this holiday meant to them. My parents always put twists on traditional dishes, creating special Italian Thanksgiving meals. After all, you can probably imagine how an Italian might feel about canned cranberry sauce and green bean casserole!

You can probably imagine how an Italian might feel about canned cranberry sauce and green bean casserole!

Without further ado, here are a few of my family’s Italian Thanksgiving recipes, straight from the Di Piazza recipe book!

1. Fontina Risotto Cakes

Italian Risotto Cakes

Everyone goes crazy for these! The creaminess of risotto meets the crispness of a lightly fried, breadcrumb batter. We also add a little grated Fontina cheese for some richness. Gli Aironi Carnaroli Rice gives it the perfect texture. It’s impossible to just eat one!

Sabrina’s Italian Risotto Cakes with Fontina Recipe

2. Mom’s Fried Cardoons

Mom's Fried Cardoons

You might be wondering what a cardoon is! It’s an Italian vegetable that’s very similar to an artichoke, but looks a lot like celery. We grow our own, but you can find them at a specialty grocery store. My mom likes to boil them, bread them, and finally sauté in olive oil. It’s a supple, savory Italian vegetable side!

Mom’s Fried Cardoons Recipe

3. Smoky Chorizo Stuffing

Smoky Chorizo Italian Thanksgiving Stuffing

Okay, so this stuffing might not seem completely Italian, but the Italians I know love chorizo! We use two loves of brioche, Volpi Chorizo, smoked paprika, and more to add a little kick. This is our favorite (almost) Italian Thanksgiving stuffing!

Smoky Chorizo Stuffing Recipe

4. Salsiccia Sausages

Salsiccia is a thin Sicilian sausage made with pecorino romano cheese, pork, wine, and Sicilian spices. It’s the perfect companion to pastas and is also one of our favorite side dishes. Just sauté in a little extra virgin olive oil and enjoy! We always use our Bottega DITALIA Salsiccia. It’s our very own house recipe made with artisanal ingredients and produced by our friends at Lovera’s Handcrafted Foods!

5. Italian Panettone Gelato Cake

My daughter is always begging me and my wife to make this gelato cake! Simply turn an Italian panettone upside down, poke some holes in it with the back of a wooden spoon, pour in a little melted vanilla gelato, and stick it all in the freezer. It’ll be hard to go back to ice cream cake after you try this!

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