Last Minute Turkey Day Idea’s

By now most of you have your Thanksgiving Day meal all planned out, but if your still thinking about adding a few more dishes to your table you might want to try some of these idea’s from my archives. Enjoy!
Antipasto platters are always good, this one was actually purchased but you can easily put together your own with a few different things like assorted olives, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, cocktail onions, fresh boccochini balls tossed in pesto, grapes, nuts, and a few other cheese’s of your choice, serve with assorted crackers and some cold wine, this is always a big hit!

What can I say, we love Stuffed Artichokes and they are always present here during the holidays.

You have to have some kind of pasta on the side, no? Homemade Ravioli’s or buy some good Italian deli ones, I won’t tell!

Or how about a Meatball Lasagna, a little extra work making those tiny meatballs, but hey it’s a special day!

Butternut Squash Lasagna, my new favorite addition, you can’t go wrong with this, it’s so Thanksgiving like.

Or how about Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells filled with spinach and ricotta drizzled with a lemon sage butter sauce. Wouldn’t a couple of these look good on your plate sitting right next to your turkey?

Roasted Parmesan Creamed Onions, these are to die for, there’s nothing more to say!

Balsamic Glazed Onions, sweet and delectable little things!

Simple Roasted Carrots elevated up a notch with Shallots, Green Olives and a Gremolata sauce.
Roasted Balsamic Glazed Acorn Squash almost to pretty to eat, almost!

Cauliflower with Red Pepper roasted in olive oil with a crunchy coating of breadcrumbs, grated romano cheese and fresh snipped parsley, always a nice side dish.

And last but not least! I know pumpkin pie is always the star on Thanksgiving Day but how about adding in a
Sweet Ricotta Pie as another choice, it’s dreamy creamy filling of ricotta, chocolate chips, orange and cinnamon will be the perfect ending to your holiday meal.

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  1. I came here looking for some sides to feature in an Examiner article – (a bunch of links and a description – not the recipe – for an Italian-American Thanksgiving) and what happens? I am writing down ideas for me! I am only serving 9 this Thanksgiving but they are going to have so many sides they won’t have room for the turkey now! Those squash-stuffed shells! Those onions! I’m serving 40 Christmas Eve. I’ll be back.

  2. Delicious ideas – all of them! I love the sound of the squash-filled shells and the creamed onions sound wonderful.

  3. That turkey looks gorgeous – beautiful color. I had to laugh about your reference to pasta on the side. Years ago we had the stuffed artichokes, the pasta course, and then the whole Thanksgiving dinner Nowadays, we stay strictly American and have saved those 2 courses for other days.

  4. Some great ideas…tantilizing recipes. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Now that I’ve overcome my aversion for butternut squash, the stuffed pasta shells are bookmarked. I’m so glad you reminded me of this recipe. The creamed onions, too.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. So colorful and inviting..Thanks for the wonderful photos. I just gained 10 lbs. just looking.
    Will have to try those stuffed shells.

  7. Ok….I’m booking a flight…I’ll bring a good italian wine….which kind do you prefer????When does Thanksgiving dinner began? 😀 …… OMG but these recipes are wonderful!!!!Brava, ciao Flavia

  8. These all look wonderful! Sadly, most of my family is not very “adventurous” when it comes to trying different things so we always end of with the same old stuff. My husband and I, however delight in trying new things. I have bookmarked this page to come back to – hubby and I are definitely going to try some of these sides. It all looks wonderful!

  9. Your photos are amazing… Could you please post the recipe for the cauliflower and red peppers? That dish looks wonderful and I would love to serve that to my Italian in-laws for Thanksgiving.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog! I love it!

  10. Beth, All I did was cut the cauliflower into florets and diced the red pepper, toss them in olive oil and place on a baking sheet sprinkle liberally with grated romano or parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and fresh chopped parsley, salt and pepper, you might have to add a little more olive oil too. Place in a hot oven around 425 degrees. Keep checking and tossing until crispy and golden and tender.

    When it’s done taste and add more cheese and parsley, salt and pepper to taste.

  11. And a very happy Thanksgiving to you too. (Darn, I still haven’t made those roast parmesan onions!)

  12. What a fabulous spread! Everything looks amazing! I could never narrow it down to just a few.

    Hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!
    Not one item stands out above the others.. they all are
    superb examples of what an inspiration you are to all of us!! I soooo want to have a holiday with you. 🙂

    Now about the liqueur cabinet, yes, Marsala is something I often bake with.. and cook with too. Also, Amaretto, Sherry,
    Anisette, Bourbon..


  14. What. A. Feast.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Oh dear, I need to invite 50 more people so I can add all those fantastic dishes to the buffet. I’ve never thought to serve stuffed shells along with the turkey, but I like it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Marie. Blessing to you and your family.

  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Marie! All of those sides are perfect for the big feast. I think I will try those creamy, dreamy parmesan onions this year, and, oh, that Sweet Ricotta Pie! Yum. I also love your personalized embroidered apron your relatives brought back from Italy and the story of the soup. You’re the best!

  17. Happy Turkey Day my friend.
    All of your creations look delectable!
    Especially that bird, so brown and beautiful. Enjoy.

  18. What a beautiful collection of dishes that I would be happy to serve (and eat) any time of the year. Thanks for some GREAT side dish ideas, Marie, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  19. Too bad I already celebrated in October, otherwise I would have stolen some of your ideas!! Next year I guess, or maybe Christmas.

  20. What a great line-up… I think I’m coming to your house for Thanksgiving!

  21. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Marie! Your recipes look so good, and so familar!!!


  22. You are seriously killing me with this post!! It all looks fabulous. I love that pie!

  23. I LOVE all your recipes, Marie!

    I hope you and your family have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

  24. My thanksgiving day table has never looked that delicious. Don’t show my guests this, it will raise the bar!

  25. No fair Marie – There’s just too much feasting going on here – and I want to come for Thanksgiving at your house. Where to start – the onions, the turkey, so many tempting treats, but I think all that pasta is my favorite – the lasagne, raviolis, stuffed shells. A woman after my heart.