Italian-Inspired Thanksgiving Dinner

One writer makes a case to America on why to serve Italian food in lieu of traditional turkey dinner, complete with ideas for every course.

This article, written by Julian Brunt, appears on Sun Herald.

Consider an Italian-inspired Thanksgiving feast with these ideas

There is nothing Italian about Thanksgiving, which is the quintessential American holiday, although the Canadians do join in as well.

If you’re a fan of Italian cooking, however, why not consider an Italian, or at least Italian-American-influenced, Thanksgiving meal?

There are many reasons you might consider such an option. Maybe your family is burned out on the roasted turkey. Maybe roasted sweet potatoes and green bean casserole have made too many appearances. Why not take the bull by the horns, grab your favorite Italian cookbook and see what you can find?

Take a look at cookbooks by Mario Batali, Marcella Hazan or Frances Mayes, who has some interesting recipe suggestions in her famous book “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

There are thousands of delicious possibilities.

First, a few notes. It isn’t necessary to make something exotic, something that requires hard to find ingredients or that costs an arm and a leg, but you do want to make sure to use the best, and freshest ingredients you can find.

The insistence on freshness is a hallmark of the Italian table. Read more at Sun Herald.

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