Gourmet Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t elevate it with a touch of gourmet sophistication. This year, let’s take the holiday feast to new culinary heights with a menu that exudes luxury at every course. Welcome to PIATTO’s 2023 Gourmet Thanksgiving Menu!

From a show-stopping Beef Wellington to a decadent Chocolate Lava Cake, prepare to indulge in a Thanksgiving experience that’s anything but ordinary. Impress friends and family with your culinary prowess.

Our recipes and videos make it easy to reproduce these unforgettable holiday recipes.
Searing the filet for our Beef Wellington!

Appetizers and Sides

Our sides are no mere accompaniments; they are culinary events in their own right. The French Onion Soup, with its rich broth and melted Gruyère, offers a warm embrace for the palate. Meanwhile, the Fondant Potatoes bring a sumptuous, buttery texture that complements the richness of the main course.

Best French Onion Soup

The classic French Onion Soup recipe is also the best! A rich and savory soup base and perfectly caramelized onions topped with bread and gooey French Cheese. It’s a rich and warming start to a gourmet Thanksgiving menu that will impress your family and friends out the gate!

Best French Onion Soup Recipe
The classic French Onion Soup recipe is also the best! A rich and savory soup base and perfectly caramelized onions topped with bread and gooey French Cheese.
A rich and hearty French Onion Soup

Fancy Fondant Potatoes or Easy Fondant Potatoes

Check out our video recipe and learn how to make fancy French fondant potatoes as a fall dinner recipe or holiday side. Too fancy for you? Then try the easy fondant potato recipe in this same video!

Fancy Fondant Potatoes—the video recipe from our YouTube Channel!

Orange and Fennel Salad

So much better than a simple side salad, this fennel and orange salad will cleanse the palette as an post-meal salad (common in Italy) or offer a light and refreshing snack before the main course. Top the salad with some toasted or candied walnuts for an extra special holiday touch!

Sicilian Fennel and Orange Salad Recipe
Fennel and Orange Salad is a popular salad in both Spain and Italy—particularly in the region of Sicily!
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Jonathan, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Jonathan, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Jonathan, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Italian Thanksgiving Menu: Main Course

Beef Wellington Recipe

The pièce de résistance of our gourmet Thanksgiving is none other than Beef Wellington. Wrapped in a golden puff pastry and enriched with a mushroom duxelles, this dish is a culinary masterpiece that promises to captivate your guests from the first bite to the last. RECIPE + VIDEO so you can follow along, step by step!

Foolproof Beef Wellington Recipe
Beef Wellington ( 'Filetto in Crosta alla Wellington' in Italian) is one of the world’s most famous dish for meat lovers. In this foolproof Beef Wellington recipe, we add a classic Italian flavor!
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The results of our gourmet Beef Wellington recipe!

Fancy Desserts for a Gourmet Thanksgiving

To conclude this extravagant feast, we present you with two decadent options worthy of a gourmet Thanksgiving Menu: Chocolate Lava Cake or Bombe Alaska!

Easy Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

A dessert that’s as dramatic as it is delicious. With its gooey, molten center and rich chocolate flavor, this dessert ensures that your gourmet Thanksgiving ends on a high note, both visually and gastronomically. If decadent dark chocolate isn’t a gourmet enough filling for you, see our tips on filling this molten dessert with pistachio butter or amarena cherry.

Easy Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe
Our easy Chocolate Lava Cake recipe is also, thankfully, one of the most decadent! While some chocolate lava cake recipes require separating and whipping eggs, this recipe uses only whole eggs and takes just minutes to make.
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Mini chocolate lava cakes can be filled in so many ways.

Baked Alaska or Bombe Alaska

Your favorite gourmet ice cream (or gelato) flavors, layered atop your favorite cake base and surrounded by Swiss Meringue! Then (if you dare), pop it in the oven and set it on fire! You can’t get a more dramatic end to a gourmet Thanksgiving than that!

Ultimate Bombe Alaska Recipe (and Video)
A seemingly magical dessert that is really a tasty scientific experiment! A Baked Alaska ice cream cake that is then set on fire with rum or another liquor. In this guide, we’ll show you how we make our Bombe Alaska recipe from start to finish.
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Our Bombe Alaska, filled with three of our favorite Italian gelato flavors: amarena cherry, pistachio and hazelnut!

This gourmet Thanksgiving menu is designed for those who wish to experience the holiday through a lens of luxury and culinary artistry. With dishes that are as visually stunning as they are flavorful, this feast promises an unforgettable celebration that honors tradition while embracing innovation. Cheers to a Thanksgiving that’s truly extraordinary!

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