This colorful Tuscan-inspired feast is perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving.
Every year, Giada likes to put a bit of a spin on the classic Thanksgiving menu - and always with Italian influence. Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Italy - matter of fact, Italians have their own endearing title for it: "La Festa del Tacchino", aka, "the turkey party"! However, for everyone who celebrates the holiday, Italian dishes tend to lend themselves to the autumnal feast.
This year, Giada drew inspiration from Tuscany. With a turkey inspired by Porchetta(Tuscany's beloved rolled pork), an overflowing antipasti board, grape focaccia inspired by one of our favorite Tuscan chefs, a north Italian take on pecan pie and more - we have a feeling this menu's going to be one for the books.
Step 1: purchase our Italian Happy Hour Box
Step 2: get some cheese.
Step 3: your ultimate antipasti board is complete! With our favorite crackers and condiments from Italy, this is everything you need to set up an unforgettable snacking board.
Formaggio box bonus: you'll also get the seedless Italian fig jam and Calabrian chili paste needed to throw together this crowd-pleasing appetizer.
This recipe comes straight from Chef Giancarla, one of Giada's chef friends who resides in Tuscany! The perfect combination of savory and sweet, and a great make-ahead snack before the main event.
Porchetta is one of Tuscany's greatest inventions: a slow roasted pork roast rolled up with herbs and spices. This turkey breast follows exactly that same procedure, stuffed with an incredible mix of fennel, orange zest, apples and shallots. Bonus: it takes way less time to cook than a whole turkey.
Chestnuts are a beloved fall staple in Italy - in many cities, you'll find vendors roasting them in carts on the streets. They grow in the hillsides of Tuscany, and the chestnuts add a delicious texture and flavor to this classic stuffing.
Frankly, it's not an Italian thanksgiving if there's no baked pasta on the table. Spinach and a creamy cheese sauce give these stuffed shells all the flavor of chicken Florentine!
One fantastic way to add beautiful jewel-toned colors to your dinner table! This salad is loaded with flavorful ingredients, and a bright orange vinaigrette that helps cut through the richness of dinner.
Thanksgiving needs potatoes, and this is Giada's classic recipe. Season to taste with Dario Cecchini's Tuscan salt for the "perfume of Tuscany" in every bite!
No oven space? No problem - these carrots cook on the stovetop, quickly enough to whip up while the turkey rests. The gremolata gives it a great texture throughout, and glazed carrots are full of fall flavor.
This combination of ingredients might seem interesting to some, but in Italy, it's very common to have raisins or dried cranberries cooked with your savory greens. The result of this recipe is a highly flavorful side dish with tons of texture and interest.
Looking for a spin on good ol' cranberry sauce? Add a few tablespoons of mostarda - it gives it a great little kick.
With hazelnuts and chocolate chips, think of this pie as the northern Italian spin on pecan pie!
This apple cake is a traditional dish in Tuscany, and it has a delicious flavor and crumb.