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Christmas luncheon with my Italian families. In every dish there is the memory of nonne (grandmothers), mums or aunties that create little masterpieces and that at least once in a lifetime made us (as young Italian children) taste a dish with that homemade, special, authentic power. Every small village in Abruzzo has its own secret recipes cherished and replicated by tradition when holiday time comes. Nevertheless some common dishes can be found throughout Abruzzo.

Typical Christmas lunch with my family

This is my nonna’s menu:

Below: homemade dumplings (ravioli) filled with ricotta cheese, with a tomato sauce and parmesan cheese on top

Ravioli

 

Below: Lasagna with veggies, cheese and creamy sauce (timballo)

Lasagna

 

Below: cardone, meatballs, bread cooked in chicken broth (brod0 di cardone)

Cardone

 

Below: cannelloni in chicken broth

Cannelloni

 

First courses: Brodo di cardone (chicken broth with pieces of cardoon and meatballs, cubes of corn bread and egg beaten in the broth), timballo (lasagna with minced meat, mozzarella and parmesan). Scrippelle ‘mbusse (Cannelloni in chicken broth). Ravioli with ricotta cheese and tomato sauce.

Second courses:
Roasted lamb, boiled beef.

Desserts:
Torroncini (small nougats)

Below: Parrozzo (dome shaped cake made with a mixture of almonds, semolina, eggs and lemon, all drizzled by dark chocolate)

Parrozzo

 

Below: Pepatelli (made with honey, dried fruit and whole meal flour and black pepper)

Pepatelli

 

Below: hosts filled with almonds, cashew nuts and honey (Ferratelle)

Ferratelle

 

Below: fried dumplings stuffed with grape jam, almonds, chocolate, chickpeas or chest nuts purèe (caggionetti)

Caggionetti

 

My wonderful, modern and understanding nonna for the last 3 Christmases has cleverly changed her menu to satisfy my mum, my sister and I…we all became vegetarian at the same time!

 

Christmas at my in-laws’

At my parents in-law (Padua, Veneto region) a traditional lunch on Christmas day sounds like this:

Entrèe: salami

First courses: ravioli in capon broth, gnocchi with duck sauce or radicchio risotto
Risotto is doubtlessly my mother in law’s secret weapon! She also makes a version with leek and cheese! YUM!

Below: Radicchio Risotto (Risotto al radicchio)

Risotto

 

Second courses: polenta and baccalà, boiled beef with horseradish sauce and smashed potatoes

Desserts: Pandoro from Verona, mustard with mascarpone cheese, mandorlato from Cologna Veneta. As far as wines: Amarone della Valpolicella or Raboso del Piave, prosecco from Conegliano or Valdobbiadene.

Below: Panettone from Milan

Panettone

 

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