Chris O’Kelley

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The traditional Thanksgiving, let’s put A New Twist On Thanksgiving.  Here comes a Thanksgiving Meal Idea-Just Different.  I love the traditional Thanksgiving, I really do. I have friends who do things differently for Thanksgiving, it’s not the food, it’s the people you spend time with and a day to reflect on what all you are thankful for!

Traditional Thanksgiving

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Green Beans
  • Mac N Chees
  • Dressing & Gravy
  • cranberry sauce
  • Deviled Eggs

This list could go on and on because there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to what you eat.  Thanksgiving Meal Idea-Just Different, Why not try something new

New Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

  • Cook out-Burgers and Hot Dogs
  • A Mexican Feast
  • A Chinese spread
  • Do a cater from Waffle House
  • Pig Pickin’
  • An All Fair Food Thanksgiving

Again, no right or wrong answers here, just do something different that your family will enjoy

To me one of the best Thanksgiving meals I ever had was spending Thanksgiving with some Italian friends.  I will say this, I could eat Italian Food daily.  If I were given a last meal, it would be Italian.  I’m talking more than just sauce over noodles

My Favorite Italian Foods

  • Gnocchi
  • Chicken Parm
  • Cacio e Pepe/Cheese and Peppers
  • Italian Wedding Soup
  • Creamy Chicken Marsla
  • Pasta e Fagiloi-Italian Chili
  • Any Bolognese Sauce Based Pasta
  • Chicken Piccata
  • Home Made Meatballs
  • Lasagna

All that to show you what an Italian Thanksgiving would and could look like.  An Italian Thanksgiving can change home to home based on traditions and different things your family likes and doesn’t like!  But get ready, with an Italian Thanksgiving, have no where to go, because its an all day event and you will be eating and eating and eating and eating.  You eat!

  • Spritzer Cocktail

    Cranberry Limoncello Spritzer Cocktail

    Cranberry Limoncello Spritzer, an easy Italian cocktail recipe with cranberry juice and lemon limoncello liqueur. A quick homemade limoncello drink recipe that is perfect for Christmas and the holiday season! It's light and refreshing so the best for before, during, or after a big holiday meal.

  • APPETIZERS

    Sundried Tomato & Basil Spread

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links Sundried Tomato & Basil Spread, an easy appetizer recipe with cheese, sundried tomatoes, basil, and garlic and great for the Super Bowl or Tailgating! Sundried Tomato & Basil Spread for my last day of my quick and easy spreads that are perfect for your Super Bowl parties, potlucks, and get-togethers!

    Easy Chicken Parmesan Sausage Bites

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links Easy Chicken Parmesan Sausage Bites, a quick and easy, skinny chicken parm appetizer recipe with chicken sausage, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil! This low carb chicken appetizer with al fresco chicken sausage, is perfect for holiday entertaining!

    Fennel au Gratin with Ricotta Forte Mousse

    We may earn income from links in this post. Please read this Disclosure for details. In this fennel au gratin recipe from Puglia, Italy fresh fennel topped with almonds is baked and served alongside a delicious mousse of ricotta forte or strong ricotta, a typical product of the Salento Region.

    Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes Recipe | G-Free Foodie

    Posted On · Updated On Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes are a fabulous appetizer - a little surprising and an absolute crowd pleaser. If you're looking for a snack, party bite or addition to a cheese plate that people won't expect but will truly love, make a batch of these.

     

    The Best Italian Green Salad

    Our family makes The Best Italian Green Salad with homemade dressing! You can make this simple salad in five minutes. This is my most requested recipe! Drumroll...I give you The Best Italian Green Salad. It's legendary in my family and among Cooking with Mamma C visitors. It's the G.O.A.T.

    5 ingredient ricotta cheese balls / How to make cheese balls appetizer

    5 ingredient ricotta cheese balls - perfect party appetizer . Make ahead of time easy starter for a crowd. Game day recipe ideas. Vegetarian Italian appetizer for parties . How to make cheese balls . Kids party starters. Kid friendly cheese balls and dip.

    5 ingredient ricotta cheese balls / How to make cheese balls appetizer

    5 ingredient ricotta cheese balls - perfect party appetizer . Make ahead of time easy starter for a crowd. Game day recipe ideas. Vegetarian Italian appetizer for parties . How to make cheese balls . Kids party starters. Kid friendly cheese balls and dip.

  • The Bread

    Homemade Dinner Rolls

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links Italian Parmesan Homemade Dinner Rolls, quick and easy roll recipe. Learn how to make dinner rolls from scratch in just one hour. These delicious dinner rolls come out soft and fluffy for the best homemade dinner rolls ever!

    Italian Beer Bread

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links Italian Beer Bread & Sundried Tomato Butter recipe, an easy bread with a quick sundried tomato butter spread. A great homemade snack or appetizer recipe. Homemade Italian Beer Bread for some winter baking today! Happy New Year!

    Red Mashed Potato Focaccia

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links Red Mashed Potato Focaccia, a recipe for a delicious soft Italian homemade bread with garlic, mashed potatoes, and olive oil. This Garlic Red Mashed Potato Focaccia is incredibly soft and moist thanks to some mashed potatoes right in the dough!

  • The Sides

    Ricotta Herb Mashed Potatoes

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links Ricotta Herb Mashed Potatoes, a quick and easy mashed potato recipe that is ready in less than 15 minutes! This post is sponsored by Side Delights®. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands I love so I can keep bringing you more fabulous recipes!

    Simply Sautéed Italian Green Beans

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links Simply Sautéed Italian Green Beans, an easy vegetable dish that is great for the holidays or a quick dinner. Ready in minutes, these Italian Green Beans are quick and easy! This post is sponsored by Country Crock®. All opinions are my own.

    Chestnut Stuffing

    This recipe for chestnut stuffing with sausage is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish for roast turkey. Stuffing ingredients include sweet Italian sausage, , fresh herbs and . Jump to: Let's be honest. How many take a bite of the Thanksgiving stuffing before the turkey? Yeah, me too.

    Layered Italian Baked Mac and Cheese

    In this delicious spin on the classic baked Mac and Cheese we are combining creamy macaroni and cheese with rich Italian Bolognese meat sauce! It's comfort food taken to the next level! If you love Italian food, why not check out our Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce? Amazing flavours without the fuss!

    Recipe For Mushroom Risotto (Creamy Mushroom Risotto)

    This recipe for mushroom risotto is so easy to make yet so flavorful! You'll think you're at your favorite sit-down restaurant. I love the chewy, creamy texture of risotto, and many people think it's difficult to make. This is actually not true, in my opinion.

    Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Pecorino

    Published · Last updated · By · I was never a fan of brussel sprouts when I was little, but when I got older, all of a sudden everything changed. I now LOVE them. Roasted, pan fried, whichever way you make them, I will eat them.

  • The Main Courses

    3 Step Tuscan Style Roasted Turkey - Heidi's Home Cooking

    There are only 3 steps to the perfect Thanksgiving turkey with this easy Tuscan Style Roasted Turkey. The meat stays moist and the skin gets crispy.

    Classic Lasagna - Vegan Recipe - This Wife Cooks™

    Get ready to impress your guests with this robust crowd-pleasing lasagna casserole! 100% vegan meat sauce made with meatless ground beef and Italian sausage is layered with traditional lasagna noodles, dairy-free ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese for a hearty and delicious spin on the comfort food classic!

    Cheese Manicotti Recipe

    This Cheese Manicotti Recipe is a fantastic Sunday night dinner idea that takes a little time to prepare but the results are well worth the effort! It's a crepe-style manicotti recipe that uses crepes in place of pasta tubes. The results are fantastic!

    Fettuccine Alfredo

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links How to make Fettuccine Alfredo at home just like the Olive Garden and other Italian restaurants. A quick and easy alfredo sauce recipe that helps make the BEST homemade Fettuccine Alfredo!

  • DESSERTS

    Pumpkin Cannoli

    Pumpkin Cannoli, easy Italian inspired fun fall dessert with cannoli shells and pumpkin spice cannoli cream filling with mini chocolate chips. Pumpkin Cannoli, a fun fall dessert that is delish! After my Pumpkin Cannoli Dip, I knew I had to also make these delicious Pumpkin Cannoli.

    Cannoli Pie

    For your shopping convenience, this post may contain affiliate links Cannoli Pie, easy Italian dessert with a homemade crunchy crust and no-bake cannoli cream filling with mini chocolate chips. So good! You won't believe how quick this Cannoli Pie comes together! Way faster than my Cannoli Cheesecake (which is also delicious...)

    Italian Style Pumpkin Cheesecake - Seasoned Sprinkles

    It's that time of year when the food wars begin in my house. Most of the time we agree on our food preferences or at least agree to disagree like on bacon. I don't like bacon much, but Nate obviously loves it and makes delicious food with it.

    Pumpkin Cannoli Dip

    Homemade Pumpkin Cannoli Dip, fun fall twist to the best ever cannoli dip! This Italian inspired dessert is great for fall holidays, special occasions, or casual snack! You know I love my cannoli recipes, so here's another fun one, Pumpkin Cannoli Dip!

    Rustic Apple Crostata

    This Italian Apple Crostata is made with a warm, cinnamon apple filling and an easy crust that you don't have to roll out! It's a delicious rustic dessert ideal for the holidays or a cozy, winter night in! Take apples douse them in cinnamon, sugar and butter, put them into an easy, buttery pastry case and bake until golden brown.

    Classic Panna Cotta

    One of the most loved Italian desserts is panna Cotta: a delicious pudding made with cream and gelatine sheets or powder. It is light, tasty and most importantly easy to make. You too can prepare at home a classic panna cotta by following this simple recipe!

     

  • Italian Digestif

    12 Amaro Cocktails to Try

    These amaro cocktails are the best ways to mix up this family of Italian bitter liqueurs! Try them all, from classic drinks to modern spins. Got a bottle of amaro, or need an excuse to grab one? Amaro is trending: and it's got no where to go but up!

    Amaretto Drink Recipe | Sarah Sharratt

    While you could make a number of fun cocktails with amaretto, you can also enjoy it simply poured over ice. This is quite a common after dinner drink in Italy. In fact, I find that Europeans still enjoy their after dinner drinks, or digestifs, much more than North Americans.

    What Is Sambuca? How To Drink Sambuca & How It's Made

    Sambuca is an elusive aniseed-flavoured alcoholic spirit from Italy. Although it is well-known for being set alight, sambuca is mostly misunderstood. However, it's an excellent digestif that is typically paired with an espresso coffee as you will learn below.

    Guide to Italian Grappa

    In Italy, after a hearty meal on a cold winter's night, we reach for grappa, a traditional digestivo, or after-dinner drink. Learn more with our guide!