Some people might forget that even though thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays of the year to Americans, it is completely irrelevant to other countries! But, many immigrating citizens have learned to adapt to the holiday and put their own twists on the classic Turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing combo. One of the cultures that we think does it especially well is, you guessed it, Italian!
Italian immigrated families tend to focus more on the harvest part of Thanksgiving rather than the historical elements. Many countries celebrate a bountiful harvest every year as well, just not with the same historical attachments for obvious reasons.
But, in order to meet in the middle, Italian Americans usually change things up or add their own recipes to the meal. Some dishes that are often added might include sweet Italian turkey sausage and mozzarella stuffing, or baked sweet potatoes with ginger and lime. Others could include Ravioli Con La Zucca (otherwise known as pumpkin ravioli), and Tacchinella All Melagrana (roast turkey basted with pomegranate sauce served with pomegranate-and-giblet gravy). These are just a few options, but as you could imagine, the list goes on and on!
We also encourage you to make the holiday your own! Mix things up a little however you might see fit and who knows? Maybe you’ll start some new family traditions.
At the end of the day, having delicious food for Thanksgiving dinner, whether it’s Italian or American, is great, but what’s really important is enjoying the holiday with our loved ones and close friends. The Pappone’s family wishes you a very happy holiday and hope you enjoy the time with your family as much as we enjoy the time with ours. Happy Thanksgiving!