Have Yourself a Very Italian Thanksgiving This Year

For an intimate fall feast, look to Tuscany for inspiration

By SAVEUR Editors

Published on November 14, 2018

Not to knock the the classic Norman Rockwell bird, but if you’re seeking a more intimate and refined Thanksgiving feast, consider this Old World-inspired spread. Our petite turketta is a riff on Tuscan porchetta—an epic whole roast pork loin wrapped in in its own fatty belly. The addition of butter, winter herbs, and smoked mozzarella keep the lean turkey juicy and flavorful and an outer layer of pancetta provides a festive and crispy exterior.

A suite of Tuscan-style sides complete the feast—focaccia rich with Italian olive oil is topped with crispy black kale; creamy garlic polenta replaces the typical potato mash; zesty mostarda stands in for the yankee cranberry standard; and seared bitter greens are tempered with sweet balsamic, dried fruit, and strips of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Simple, make-ahead butterscotch budino is an elegant and easy finish to this Italian autumn feast. Now all you need is a bottle (or case) of peppery Piemonte red.

Pancetta-Wrapped Roast Turkey Breast (Turketta)
Pancetta-Wrapped Roast Turkey Breast (Turketta)

Due to our collective memory of overcooked holiday birds, turkey breast has the unfortunate reputation of being boring and dry. Thankfully, when it is cooked off the bone and seasoned appropriately, it can in fact be extremely juicy and flavorful. Get the recipe for Pancetta-Wrapped Roast Turkey Breast (Turketta) »

Tuscan Kale and Red Pepper Focaccia
Tuscan Kale and Red Pepper Focaccia

In addition to being baked on an olive oil-slathered pan, this focaccia dough is mixed with olive oil as well as creamy mashed potatoes, giving it a fluffy interior and crispy, oil-slicked edges. Kale and red pepper flakes add color and texture that make an otherwise simple bread a side dish in its own right. Get the recipe for Tuscan Kale and Red Pepper Focaccia »

fig chutney
Mostarda di Frutta (Spicy Mustard and Fruit Preserves)

Mostarda is not mustard. It is not sweet or acidic, not salty or spicy—at least, it’s none of those things alone. It is made mostly of fruit, but is neither jelly nor jam nor dessert. Get the recipe for Mostarda di Frutta (Spicy Mustard and Fruit Preserves)

Butterscotch Budino
Butterscotch Budino

This creamy caramel-like pudding has become a Los Angeles classic. Get the recipe for Butterscotch Budino »

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