Budget Thanksgiving: Viva Italia
Stuffing: Drop the boring old white-bread-based stuffing. Here's a video recipe for Giada di Laurentiis' Ciabatta & Chestnut Stuffing.
Potatoes: Domestic Diva's Parmesan Roasted Potatoes is the perfect starch.
Vegetable: Corn, Brussels sprouts: snooze-fest. This Acorn Squash Lasagna with bechamel sauce from Serious Eats could work as a main dish if you've got vegetarian guests coming to the party. It also makes a killer and pretty hearty side dish.
Turkey: The balsamic vinegar reduction on famed PBS chef Lidia's Bastianich's Roast Turkey gives it just the right Italian twist.
Dessert: Give a traditional Italian panna cotta a seasonal twist with cinnamon and spicy autumn fruit compote from Baking Obsession.
Need more inspiration? Read other menu ideas and tips in our Thanksgiving Countdown.