Do you want to make Italian holiday cuisine anytime? Whether it’s an actual holiday or you want to eat like one it all starts with knowing some of the most common cuisines during the holiday season. Here are some of the most popular options:
- Vincisgrassi / Marche Lasagna
You’ve probably heard of lasagna before, but this is a special Christmas version. The baked pasta dish includes sausage, ground beef, chicken, and cured prosciutto ham. Sometimes mushrooms are also added. Prosciutto is a dry-cured Italian ham. It’s usually sliced thinly and served uncooked. Different Italian regions produce their varieties of Prosciutto.
- Baccala Con Pepperoni Cruschi / Cod with Fried Peppers
This dish centers on cod and includes bell peppers that have been fried in hot oil for a couple of seconds. Cod provides dishes with a mild flavor and is an excellent alternative to meat protein and is high in Vitamin b12 and iodine. The cod fish is in the same family as haddock and Pollock. Cod live in cold Arctic waters.
- Cappon Magro / Lean Gurnard
This is a traditional recipe that contains fish and veggies. Gurnard is a type of fish that includes various kinds including Bluefin, Grey, Red, Spotted, and others. The fish is also known as “sea robins” based on the fins that look like bird wings. Gurnards have become more popular as ingredients for dishes recently as cooks and chefs use more sustainable fish. The best times to eat gurnard fish is during late summer and winter.
- Capitone Alla Brace / Grilled Eel
If you’re looking for a unique Italian holiday meal, then you should consider this one. The grilling process is a good one because it makes it easier to digest and removes the extra fat. Eel is high in nutrients including:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Fat (healthy)
- Minestra Di Cardi / Cardoon Soup
This is a soup that’s made with cardoons and broth. Cardoons are artichoke thistles. It’s flavored with giblets and nutmeg. The cardoon is a plant that’s in the sunflower family and includes different species including artichokes. The plant has been domesticated since ancient times in the Mediterranean region. Only the white stalks can be eaten and are protected from sunlight for many weeks before being sold.
- Carbonata / Beef in Red Wine
This dish includes strips of beef that are marinated in red wine. The marinade also contains herbs that are sautéed using cured pork fat. Red wine is usually paired with heartier meats like pork and beef instead of chicken and seafood.
- Culurgiones De Casa / Home-style Ravioli
This ravioli is stuffed with ingredients including cheese (sheep), chard, saffron, and nutmeg. Chard is a leafy green vegetable
- Brovada E Muset / Turnips and Sausage
This is an excellent winter dish that is made with specially cooked pork sausage and pickled turnips. Turnips are in the same family as cauliflower, broccoli, and kale, and are high in antioxidants. The bulb is sky-high in Vitamin C, while the greens are an excellent source of Vitamins C and K, calcium, and folate. The food is low-calorie and provides quality carbs.