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A Very Happy Colavita Thanksgiving

By Elana Iaciofano • November 14, 2018

It’s time once again. Time to gather the basters, roasting pans, gravy boats, jello-molds, casserole pans, serving tongs, instant read thermometers, and draw string pants…

Whether you are hosting your own, attending a Friendsgiving, or contributing to the family potluck, Thanksgiving is coming on strong, and we are faced with pertinent questions such as:

  • How to stuff the perfectly roasted turkey?
  • What to make for the vegan and/or vegetarian guests?
  • How much is too much PIE??
  • What are the most compatible sides, appetizers, and starchesto serve?

Here at Colavita, we know that Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but we are also an Italian Family brand. The two traditions have melted together in a beautiful combination of flavors, foods, and fun.

What we present for you here is a collection of some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes with notes and tips to help you navigate the big day.

In an Italian American household, every holiday meal starts with an antipasto platter. This is an Italian term for a bunch of appetizers, usually consisting of cured meats, cheeses, olives, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts and the like.

Colavita has an entire line of marinated vegetables that can go straight from the jar to the platter. Check them out here.

But even with all this antipasto deliciousness, the key is to NOT fill up on apps before the main event —the turkey—is served.

For the turkey lovers out there, we have a few grand slam suggestions from the Colavita recipe library.

First is a Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Turkey.

This recipe uses Colavita’s Balsamic Vinegar of Modena as a base for a tangy and sweet glaze. TIP: Breaking up the turkey into parts before roasting allows a more event roast and takes less time.

For something different, try our Herb Stuffed and Pancetta Wrapped Turkey Roulade

A turkey breast is butterflied, stuffed with herbs and parmesan cheese, and then wrapped in pancetta. The "turducken" can’t even compare.

For those not quite tired of pumpkin spice season, we offer a Roast Turkey with Pumpkin Spice Marinade:

Pumpkin puree, apple cider, and Colavita Prosecco Vinegar combine to baste this recipe in all the fall flavor vibes.

People have mixed emotions on turkey. Personally, I have a few relatives that are not fans. My mom and I both like turkey – we actually enjoy the taste of it. My father hates it. He makes a lot of comments about when the lasagna is going to be served. Or the spaghetti...on and on. Pasta is really his meal of choice on any given day.

Thankfully (holiday pun intended), pasta is easily worked into the Thanksgiving menu, either as a side or as a main dish. It can also offer a vegetarian or vegan option.

First up is our Wild Boar Ragu

Meaty, gamey, saucy and all wonderful. Try out Colavita’s Large Rigatoni to scoop up all that wonderful sauce.

Or skip the regular roasted bird, and make this Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato Sauce

This dish is perfect for taking to a potluck (bring it hot, or heat it up in your host’s oven) OR as a solution to turkey leftovers.

For veggie options, our Kabocha Squash and Kale Lasagna layers autumn squash with a smooth bechamel sauce to create a show-stopping dish that can double as a main course.

Gluten Free?

Colavita has you covered there, too. If any of the above pasta dishes sound appealing but wheat is not on your can-eat list, you can substitute in our Gluten Free Pasta. And for stuffing, our Instant Polenta is gluten free, too! Try this recipe on for size.

Prefer potatoes over pasta?

Italians have a special love for potatoes and make them into gnocchi: small, pillowy potato and flour dumplings (often also made with ricotta). Our Sweet Potato Gnocchi recipe is a savory and sweet indulgent alternative to a traditional sweet potato casserole.

If you don’t want to make your own gnocchi, Colavita has you covered. We make packaged gnocchi that only require boiling. Try it with in our recipe for Sausage and Cauliflower Gnocchi!

But if a more traditional potato dish is what you’re after, try our Mashed Potato Cups. This recipe is everything you love about mashed potatoes, baked in a muffin tin. They’re great for a Friendsgiving or potluck and perfect for portion control...if you only eat one, that is.

Too many carbs for you?

Our Autumn Panzanella, Stuffed Acorn Squash,and Balsamic Roasted Vegetables will help you work some healthy fiber into your menu.

DESSERT!

For dessert, we like smaller, more portable sizes. They’re easy to pack up for a potluck, and also easy push off on departing guests in a doggy bag!

Consider our Mini Apple Pies made with an olive oil crust and a savory filling that combines apples, cheese and herbs.

These Pumpkin Hand Pies offer a fun twist on traditional pumpkin pie. Kids love them, too!

And who doesn’t want a Cider Donut? Bonus: These are baked, not fried!

For something new, try our mini S’mores Pies. A simple ganache is topped with a toasted marshmallow topping, all over our signature olive oil crust!

But if miniature isn’t your style, you can go really big with our giant Chocolate Banana Trifle. It will be the centerpiece of your dessert table.

 

For a more autumnal grand display, our Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake combines that much-loved pumpkin spice flavor with three sweetened milks and a cream topping!

Regardless of how big or small you make your portions, odds are you’ll have leftovers. Coming up on the blog, we will give you some creative and (gasp!) healthy ways to repurpose those leftovers.

Stay tuned and happy thanksgiving!

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