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Traditional Italian Christmas Eve fare is the feast of seven fishes. In some cases it's not fish at all, such as octopus.

Edit: my apologies, this is a Sicilian tradition.
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Traditional Italian Christmas Eve fare is the feast of seven fishes. In some cases it's not fish at all, such as octopus.

Edit: my apologies, this is a Sicilian tradition.
Thank you. So I guess there may be several traditionnel Christmas meals in Italy
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When I was a child we would do 12 fish/seafood on the Polish side of my family and then go across the street to my Nonna's and do the seven Italian.

NO WONDER I'M FAT! LOL But.....it was all on good healthy food.
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That's funny, I always thought Christmas main food was meat.
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In Italy, you're never very far from a coast. Fish is big in authentic Italian peasant cuisine. Meat was for the more well off folks.
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That's funny, I always thought Christmas main food was meat.
Christmas Eve dinner was fish and seafood, eating very late, then wait at least an hour and go to midnight Mass. Christmas Day was meat and....well....everything else.
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Thank you. So I guess there may be several traditionnel Christmas meals in Italy
Correct! Just to give an idea…this are the typical christmas desserts for each region…
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I'd love to spend Christmas in Italy then
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When I was a child we would do 12 fish/seafood on the Polish side of my family and then go across the street to my Nonna's and do the seven Italian.

NO WONDER I'M FAT! LOL But.....it was all on good healthy food.
12 dishes need to be on a Polish Christmas Eve dinner table (fish and veggies only, no meat allowed) :-)
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12 dishes need to be on a Polish Christmas Eve dinner table (fish and veggies only, no meat allowed) :-)
Yes, that's what I said. Wasn't it?
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Jigen, what is the traditionnal Italian dish for Christmas ?
There isn't one. It can change a lot from region to region. The most famous ones are Panettone (Milan), Pandoro (Verona), Struffoli (Naples). But there are so many typical dishes that I don't even know how many.
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Traditional Italian Christmas Eve fare is the feast of seven fishes. In some cases it's not fish at all, such as octopus.

Edit: my apologies, this is a Sicilian tradition.
In Northen Italy usually we never ate more than 4 courses hors-d'ouvres, roasted meat with potatoes, salad, and of course Panettone and Pandoro.^^ The fact is, not many families are willing to cook for an army on a vacation day.
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When I was a child we would do 12 fish/seafood on the Polish side of my family and then go across the street to my Nonna's and do the seven Italian.

NO WONDER I'M FAT! LOL But.....it was all on good healthy food.
I always made just 4 courses in total. But we eat across the whole day. Once, I made 5, because we served Linguine all'astice (clawless lobster) at 4 PM, and roasted meat at 6 PM, more or less, to take our time to digest.
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In Italy, you're never very far from a coast. Fish is big in authentic Italian peasant cuisine. Meat was for the more well off folks.
It depends. In Lombardy, we prefer Brasato. Sometimes, we can serve meat AND river fishes, such as trouts.
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12 dishes need to be on a Polish Christmas Eve dinner table (fish and veggies only, no meat allowed) :-)
12 dishes are too many. I could barely manage 5 dishes when I ate to the restaurant on Christmas.
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Correct! Just to give an idea…this are the typical christmas desserts for each region…
Cool. I like this. Thanks. I'm surprised. I didn't know they were so many. And they're only one for Region.
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12 dishes are too many. I could barely manage 5 dishes when I ate to the restaurant on Christmas.
Blasphemy, Jigen! No such thing as too many. Polish food is wonderful--too much is not enough! LOL
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There isn't one. It can change a lot from region to region. The most famous ones are Panettone (Milan), Pandoro (Verona), Struffoli (Naples). But there are so many typical dishes that I don't even know how many.
I've tasted panettone and pandoro this year. They are so good I nearly had the two in one go. Lol
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Just in case you had some sparkling wine to finish after new year's party. This can be eaten by vegans, if you skip the "mantecatura" part.

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INGREDIENTS:
Rice: 1 pound
Sparkling wine: 1/2 bottle
Vegetable broth: 16 fl oz
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Pepper
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PREPARATION:
- Warm the oil in a pan;
- Dice the onion in very small pieces and yellow it in the oil;
- Toast the rice for 5 minutes, low flame, turning it often;
- Add the sparkling wine, and let it dry out;
- Add the broth, and let it cook, low flame, for 20-30 minutes. It depends on how soft you like the rice;
- MANTECATURA: Once the rice is ready, turn the flame off and add butter and Parmigiano, turning the rice until they are completely incorporated. And that it's a mantecatura.

ENJOY.
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Blasphemy, Jigen! No such thing as too many. Polish food is wonderful--too much is not enough! LOL
I never tried anything Polish. Guess I should hunt for some recipes on the net and try.
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12 dishes are too many. I could barely manage 5 dishes when I ate to the restaurant on Christmas.
treat it as a sampling/tasting menu then (and that is what people do). One of the common believes is that you need to at least try all of the dishes to have a good New Year (and when you think that everything on the table counts- sides, bread, cakes and traditional dried fruit compote, then it really isn't that much) :-)
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I never tried anything Polish. Guess I should hunt for some recipes on the net and try.
give me a shout when you find something interesting :-)
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Just in case you had some sparkling wine to finish after new year's party. This can be eaten by vegans, if you skip the "mantecatura" part.

RISOTTO ALLO SPUMANTE



INGREDIENTS:
Rice: 1 pound
Sparkling wine: 1/2 bottle
Vegetable broth: 16 fl oz
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
Onion
MANTECATURA: Butter and Parmigiano

PREPARATION:
- Warm the oil in a pan;
- Dice the onion in very small pieces and yellow it in the oil;
- Toast the rice for 5 minutes, low flame, turning it often;
- Add the sparkling wine, and let it dry out;
- Add the broth, and let it cook, low flame, for 20-30 minutes. It depends on how soft you like the rice;
- MANTECATURA: Once the rice is ready, turn the flame off and add butter and Parmigiano, turning the rice until they are completely incorporated. And that it's a mantecatura.

ENJOY.
I would rather not skip the mantecaturan part.

It's a little known fact that the word 'vegan' is derived from a Native American term that means 'shitty hunter'.

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give me a shout when you find something interesting :-)
I already did. Borsch soup. I just have some beetroots to finish.
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