New, flavorful inspiration for your Thanksgiving Table
With Thanksgiving around the corner, now’s the time to consider some flavorful updates to your menu, using a variety of our amazing Mezzetta® products. Featuring everything from olives to peppers, pesto to pistachios, you’re set with an arsenal of recipes sure to get rave reviews from your guests. These recipes are designed to inspire you to get more creative with your holiday meals, and will add new flavors and techniques to your holiday table.
1. Olive Brined Turkey with Gravy
Brining your turkey in a solution of salt, sugar and spices delivers a juicy and flavorful centerpiece to your Thanksgiving meal. Adding our Mezzetta® Imported Spanish Queen Olives to the brine gives the turkey the same juicy result, plus a hint of delicious olive flavor! Our olives are the supporting actor that sometimes steals the show in this turkey preparation, creating a subtle hint of olive flavor that in turn creates the most delicious, indulgent gravy to serve with the rest of your meal. We use a 14-15 pound turkey for this recipe, which should serve 8-10 guests!
2. Red Pepper and Giardiniera Stuffing
The stuffing or “dressing” is arguably one of the most iconic side dishes on any holiday table. We’ve taken ours up a notch by adding the sweet, roasted flavor of our Mezzetta® Roasted Red Bell Peppers and the crunchy texture and acidity of our Mezzetta® Italian Mix Giardiniera. Pair these Mezzetta favorites with crusty bread, parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, and you have yourself a new holiday staple! Set yourself up for success by making the stuffing in advance and reheating while your turkey rests.
Skip the canned stuff and spice up your meal with our new spin on the classic cranberry sauce! jalapeños and zesty orange mixed with fresh cranberries make for a cranberry sauce like you’ve never tasted before! It’s the perfect combination of sweet, savory and spicy. Can’t find fresh cranberries? Frozen will work just as well. This recipe can easily be made the day ahead: simply let the cranberry sauce come to room temperature before serving.
4. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Mashed Potatoes
Creamy mashed potatoes are given a delicious Italian spin with the addition of fresh basil and sun-ripened dried tomatoes. Not only will the mashed potatoes have an extra richness in this recipe, the festive color makes this dish a perfect addition to the holiday table. With the oven otherwise occupied, this recipe quickly comes together on the stovetop.
5. Balsamic Glazed Carrots with Pesto and Pistachios
Flavorful Basil Pesto transforms a simple carrot side dish into an extraordinary appetizer along with premium balsamic vinegar and tasty pistachios. These vegetables are so irresistible, they just might steal the show! If you have the space in your oven, roast these carrots during the last 45 minutes of your turkey’s roasting time, or make up to 2 hours ahead of time and reheat while your turkey rests.
Looking for some appetizer inspiration? Try these recipes to keep your guests at bay while the aromas of roasting turkey and stuffing permeate through your home.
Marinated Mixed Olives with Manchego
Artichoke and Parmesan Marinara Dip
Switch it up this year and replace your average dinner roll with our Mediterranean Za’atar Olive Focaccia!
And finally, end of your holiday meal on a delicious, sweet note with these scrumptious dessert inspirations using our Maraschino Cherries: