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.