Bring Taste of Italy To Your Thanksgiving Table With These Delicious Ideas

Are you ready for Thanksgiving Dinner? It’s just around the corner, and if you still need to decide what to prepare for the most important family meal of the fall, we’re about to give you a few choices.

Most people go the traditional route and cook a turkey for this holiday. However, that can get old. So, how about making some Italian dishes if you want to switch things up this year?

In this article, we prepared a list of delicacies from Italy that would make any Thanksgiving meal a true feast. And we’ve explained how to make each one. 

So wait no more and start reading – unique dishes are waiting. Or, if you have your eye set on specific pasta meals, visit Mi’talia Kitchen & Bar and try the best one in Miami.

Potato Croquettes

Let’s start with something simple. Though potato croquettes are street food in Italy, they would make a great addition to any Thanksgiving dinner in the US. 

Check out the ingredients list and see how to make this famous dish.


  • 2 lbs Floury potatoes
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk
  • 7 oz Parsley
  • Peanut oil
  • Lemon zest
  • Salt


Step 1

To start the preparations, you’ll need to boil the potatoes until tender. Leave them unpeeled for this process. After they reach the required tenderness, drain the potatoes, and leave them for 8-12 hours. Once the time has passed, you can peel the potatoes and proceed to the next steps of making your Thanksgiving meal.

Step 2

Firstly, chop the parsley. Then, add it to the potatoes and start mashing. You can use a fork for this process, but make sure to add salt.

Step 3

It’s almost time for frying. But first, fill an appropriate pan with olive oil, and heat it to around 350 degrees F.

Step 4

While you wait for the oil to heat up, put milk and flour in two separate bowls. You do that with moistened hands. Then, you can start making croquettes. 

First, you need to form the wanted shape, then do a quick dip in the milk, then another in the flour. Once you do that, you can start frying. Repeat the process for all croquettes, and drain each on a paper towel.

Make sure to serve potato croquettes hot! And don’t forget the lemon zest.

Arancini di Riso al Ragù

Italian cuisine has more to offer than simple pasta meals. These ragu-filled rice balls are here to prove that. This recipe has endless variations, but we decided on the classic.

Check it out and see one of the most improvised Italian dishes.


  • 4 oz minced veal
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 5 oz shelled peas
  • 3 oz unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 3 tbsp Caciocavallo cheese
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • Tomato paste
  • Peanut oil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • All-purpose flour
  • Saffron powder
  • Salt 
  • Pepper


We know that the ingredients list may look a bit scary at first. But there’s no need to worry. Our instructions are detailed and straightforward. Follow them blindly, and you’ll cook the best Thanksgiving meal your family has ever had.

Step 1

To start this cooking process, we’ll dilute one tablespoon of tomato paste in 1 1/2 cups of water. Then, clean the chicken giblets and chop them into cubes 1/4″ in size.

Step 2

Add the chicken pieces, minced veal, 3 tbsp olive oil, peas, sliced onion, and 1 tbsp butter in a pan. Five minutes later, add the diluted tomato paste. You can also season the meal at this time, so add basil, parsley, salt, and pepper, and let the ingredients simmer for about an hour.

Once the mixture becomes dense, the second step is finished.

Step 3

It’s time to cook the rice. Put it in 4 1/4 cups of salted boiling water and wait until the rice absorbs it all. Usually, this takes about 10 minutes, and once it’s done, you can turn off the stove.

Then make the rice smooth with 3 1/2 tbsp of butter and a packet of saffron powder. Then, add the cheese to the mix.

Step 4

Add oil to a medium-sized pot and heat it to around 350 degrees F.

Step 5

While you wait for the oil to heat, start making rice patties. We go with a 1″ diameter, but feel free to improvise. Fill each pattie with a spoon of ragù, then shape the rice into a ball. Set the prepared balls aside until it’s time to fry.

Step 6

Crack two eggs in a small bowl and beat them lightly. In two other separate bowls, add flour and breadcrumbs. 

Step 7

Dip each rice ball into the flour, then the egg, and finally, the breadcrumbs. Repeat the process for each ball, and start frying. They take about 5 minutes to reach the golden-brown color you want to see.

Once they’re done, drain the ragù balls with a paper towel.

Pumpkin Almond Strudel

Of course, we saved the sweetest of all Italian dishes for last. This pumpkin almond strudel is perfect to close the Thanksgiving dinner feast with, and it’s not that difficult to make.

Check out the instructions before the holidays approach!



Don’t worry. We won’t leave you with a complicated dessert. We know that a long day of cooking doesn’t need to end with an even longer night of baking. 

Instead, make this simple pumpkin almond strudel and amaze your friends with a unique but tasty dessert.

Step 1

Before you cook it, you’ll need to cut the pumpkin into cubed pieces. Then, melt 3 tbsp butter in a pan, and add the pumpkin cubes. While you wait for the pumpkin to cook, chop the almonds. About five minutes later, add them to the pan along with the sugar and cook everything for another two minutes. 

Step 2

Make sure that each phyllo sheet is brushed with melted butter before you start stacking them. Spread the pumpkin mix along the dough, but leave some room on the edges for the pastry sheets to stick.

Roll the dough, cut it into four slices, and place them on a baking sheet. Use parchment paper to avoid a mess and the dough sticking.

Step 3

Brush the dough slices with more melted butter, and sprinkle some sugar on top of each one. The strudel needs ten minutes at 400 degrees F, followed by another ten at 350 degrees F. 

After the time has passed, take the pan out of the oven and let the strudel cool down a bit. Serve it with lemon zest and some almonds for the perfect setting.

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