An Italian Inspired Thanksgiving

We have collected our favorite sides to accompany your turkey this Thanksgiving! From classic mash potatoes with sun dried tomatoes to an elegant cranberry orange arancini each dish will impress your family and friends this holiday season!

Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board

Our fall inspired charcuterie board makes for a great way to entertain any group size. Crafted with a warm Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Dip from the 2012 Recipe Contest in a pumpkin this grazing board will amaze any party guest! This moody board is stacked with seasonal fruits, a variety of cheeses, and Italian cured meats. As this board is made with particular ingredients we encourage you to get creative and substitute for your favorites!

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Pumpkin Gnocchi with Autumn Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo

Gnocchi is a northern Italian staple known as a delicious comfort food.  Originating in the cooler climates of Italy where it was better suited to farm potatoes rather than grains. In this delicious recipe the Italian dumplings are served alongside a creamy rustic sauce perfect for any cold evening meal. We made a pumpkin gnocchi to celebrate the flavors of fall, but plain gnocchi can be substituted.

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Herbed Sun Dried Tomato and Bacon Biscuits with Lemon Compound Butter

With the savory flavors of three Italian cheeses, these tender biscuits are sure to please any dinner guest. Enjoy each bite of these flaky biscuits that are lightly crisp on the outside and full of fresh flavors of sun dried tomatoes, chives, and bacon on the inside. Perfect to be served alongside a creamy soup in cool autumn evenings or enjoyed simply with the fresh lemon and basil infused compound butter.

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Cranberry Almond Risotto with Cranberry Orange Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

This is a unique, fun and festive holiday dish that goes great with turkey, pork and anything that might partner with rice. The foundation of our cranberry-almond risotto mix, with the additions of cranberry and orange juices, our sun dried tomatoes two ways and the crunch from the breading make a lovely accompaniment or stand-alone appetizer. Instead of 12 big arancini, make 36 bite-size ones for elegant and fun passed bites.

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Mash Potatoes with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Bring robust flavor of sun dried tomatoes to your mash potatoes with this classic recipe. Simply add authentic Mediterranean flavor to creamy potatoes made with Parmesan cheese and two different types of potatoes. Complete with a garnish of chopped chives and enjoy!

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Chef Richie

About Chef Richie

As corporate chef for Bella Sun Luci, Richard "Chef Richie" Hirshen, whose culinary career spans more than 30 years, plays an instrumental role in product development, recipe creation, and cooking demonstrations.

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