Una cena di natale - Jo Bettoja and Anna Maria Cornetto
Capon used to the be the most popular Christmas Day dish in Italy, but now turkey is becoming the vogue. It is typically Milanese to serve turkey garnished with whole fruits and sage and rosemary sprigs. The real Christmas dessert in Italy is panettone, born in Milan, but eaten everywhere in all Italian families. Chocolate or plain nougat (torrone) from Cremona is also a popular Christmas sweet.
With the turkey, we recommend Dolcetto, a dry red wine that has a brick-red color and slightly bitter aftertaste.
SPINACH AND RICOTTA RAVIOLI WITH BUTTER AND SAGE -Ravioli di spinaci e ricotta con burro e salvia
TURKEY WITH HOT FRUIT -Tacchino alla frutta calda
HOT, COOKED FRUIT - APRICOTS, PEACHES, BANANAS, PINEAPPLE, ORANGES -Frutta calda
MIXED GREEN SALAD -Insalata verde mista
FROZEN CREAM WITH MARRONS GLACES -Semifreddo ai marrons glacés, dolce di Natale
Italian Cooking in the Grand Tradition
Jo Bettoja and Anna Maria Cornetto
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