Italian Christmas Day Dinner Menu
Throughout Italy, every region has ritual foods for Christmas Day. The menu that we have put together combines favorites from various regions. Stracciatella is an Italian egg-drop soup that is typically associated with Rome. However, it is also a popular Christmas lunch in the Marches region of Italy. As a main course, you have a choice of tukey or porchetta. Italians love roasted chestnuts and frequently use them in their stuffing. You can roast chestnuts yourself or buy them packaged in cans or jars. Just be sure to check that the chestnuts are not sweetened. Capon or cornish hens also make nice Christmas entrees. From the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy, we have chosen Christmas Beet Ravioli or casunziei. The beet-red filling shows through the dough and gives the ravioli a beautiful rosy color. Beet ravioli also go very well with ham or a pork loin. Another type of pasta that would go well with this meal is manicotti. To end a holiday meal, a tray of cookies is a common feature in Italian homes. Struffoli, or fried honey balls, are also a popular Christmas dessert. Fresh and dried fruit and roasted chestnuts are also often served.
If you're craving something sweet, try one of our many dessert recipes.
In this recipe the shrimp are roasted and cooled and served with a cocktail sauce has some vodka added for a little extra Christmas cheer but it can be made without it as well.
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This is a light soup with origins in Rome. Stracciare refers to the texture of the egg and cheese mixture that is swirled into the simmering broth.
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This is a very simple salad but it is the high quality of the ingredients that make it special. The combination of the green Romaine, red Campari tomatoes, and white burrata make it a beautiful Christmas salad.
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Raviol with red beet filling, also called casunziei rossi, are from the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy. They are also sometimes called Christmas Beet Ravioli.
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Chestnut stuffing is a traditional Thanksgiving turkey stuffing for many Italian families but it is also nice for Christmas.
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All of these side dishes are nice accompaniments to the traditional turkey, ham, or roasted meats that are served for Christmas and throughout the holiday season.
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Choose from a collection of tradtiona lItalian Christmas desserts like struffoli, zuppa Inglese, pizzelle, pandoro, and more.
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This version of porchetta combines all of the flavors of the traditional roast, including the golden crunchy skin, but the recipe has been recreated for the home cook.
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