Christmas dinner menù

In this Christmas dinner menù I propose Italian dishes to serve for these Christmas holidays. Meat and fish dishes, appetizers and delicious desserts like Italian Panettone. These dishes they offer you are simple and quick to prepare to bring a spectacular menu to the table. Christmas dinner menù


Appetizer

Goat cheese and pear crostini

Goat cheese and pear crostini

Goat cheese and pear crostini are light and healthy appetizer to serve for many occasions. Goat cheese is leaner, more digestible and richer in nutrients. An easy appetizer for the holidays or any special occasion that everyone will be happy to savor, moreover, it is really simple to prepare and will take us very little […]

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Smoked salmon crostini with ricotta

Smoked salmon crostini with ricotta

Smoked salmon crostini with ricotta are elegant appetizer based on toasted baguette slices seasoned with ricotta, salmon, Smith apple and pomegranate jam. An easy appetizer for the holidays or any special occasion that everyone will be happy to savor. moreover, it is really simple to prepare and will take us very little time. It’s very […]

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Chicken salad in belgian endive

Chicken salad in belgian endive

Chicken salad in belgian endive is light and super crunchy, a healthy and tasty appetizer. The salad is perfectly balanced with green apples, arugula, and toasted walnuts. With a slightly bitter taste, this appetizer is flavored with a lemon dressing. Belgian endive has white, tender leaves with slightly yellow and green tips. The whiter it […]

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Prawn cocktail

Prawn cocktail

The prawn cocktail is a classic appetizer of Italian cuisine, served in salad bowls. Simple to prepare but of great effect, it is an appetizer to bring to the table for the Christmas holidays. It is also a very greedy appetizer and will please all your guests.

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bolognese sauce

Bolognese sauce

Bolognese sauce is a traditional Italian ragù, a condiment based on minced meat, cooked for many hours over low heat, with herbs and the addition of tomato. Traditionally served with egg tagliatelle but it is also used to dress other types of pasta such as baked lasagna and the typical poor dish of the past, […]

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Spinach and ricotta crepes

Spinach and ricotta crepes

The spinach and ricotta crepes are a rich, tasty and elegant main dish for any special occasion. They can be prepared in advance and cooked just before they are ready to serve, so we can enjoy family and friends more. They can also be frozen already stuffed and seasoned with both tomato sauce and bechamel […]

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scampi risotto

Scampi Risotto (nephrops)

Scampi risotto is a first course of Italian cuisine, perfect on many occasions, for Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day, a Sunday lunch. Scampi risotto is not a quick dish, it requires a little of time for the preparation of the scampi, as they must be peeled and prepared a fish stock with which the risotto […]

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Linguini with clams

Linguini with clams

Linguini with clams are a recipe of Neapolitan cuisine, which can be in white or red version. A very simple dish to prepare and with very few ingredients. This is a very quick dish even with fresh clams, they cook in a few minutes and the sauce will be ready while you cook the pasta. […]

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chestnut pasta with mushroom

Chestnut pasta with mushroom and blue cheese

When I think of autumn I think of pumpkin, chestnuts and mushrooms, I propose this C hestnut pasta with mushroom and blue cheese . Chestnut flour has an almost sweet, nutty flavor and is quite strong in flavor and goes well with mushrooms. For this recipe I chose a mix of mushrooms including porcini, but […]

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Spinach and ricotta gnudi

Spinach and ricotta gnudi are a typical Italian dish from Tuscany, vegetable and ricotta gnocchi similar to the filling of ravioli. Called gnudi because they have “lost” their dress or the fresh egg pasta that wraps them, gnudi means nude. Light, cheesy and incredibly comforting and delicious!To prepare spinach and ricotta gnudi you can use […]

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Main dishes

Duck a l'orange

Duck a l’orange

Duck a l’Orange is a specialty of Italian cuisine contrary to what one might think. Original recipe from Tuscany, where in the 15th century the citrus juice was used as a preservative. This Tuscan dish once called “papero alla melarancia” was brought to France by Caterina de Medici.

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Roasted chicken breast

Roasted chicken breast

Roasted chicken breast cooked this way is juicy and tender on the inside, with a delicious crunchy, herb-scented skin on the outside. Baked chicken breasts are quick and easy, if you like them you can also try creamy chicken in spinach sauce. Preparing this chicken breast is very simple and quick, and is perfect for […]

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roasted turkey breast

Roasted turkey breast

Roasted turkey breast it is a valid alternative to the classic Thanksgiving turkey and it is perfect even if we are few people. The preparation of this dish is very simple and undemanding. We can also anticipate some operations the day before, such as tying and flavoring the meat, so as to proceed only with […]

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Tenderloin with mushrooms and truffles

Tenderloin with mushrooms and truffle

Tenderloin with mushrooms and truffle is very simple. There is nothing quite like beef and truffle gravy, especially when served over a pile of mashed potatoes. This recipe is simple, yet totally satisfying, and is one of my favorite dinners during the cold months.Tenderloin with mushrooms and truffle is an easy-to-make comfort food classic and […]

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Baked salmon

Baked salmon is a complete dish for a quick but tasty dinner. Accompanied by potatoes and broccoli it is a healthy and light meal. Salmon is flavored with garlic, lemon and ginger which make it more delicious. Potatoes can also be substituted for sweet potatoes and any variety of broccoli can be used. Aromatic herbs […]

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Creamy Chicken Breast in Spinach Sauce

Creamy chicken in spinach sauce

Creamy chicken in spinach sauce is a very delicious dish. This recipe is very simple and quick, it can be cooked in 30 minutes. Creamy chicken in spinach sauce will be tender and tasty, irresistibly greedy. For a dairy-free version of this Creamy chicken in spinach sauce use coconut cream.

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Side dishes

MASHED SWEET POTATOES

Mashed sweet potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes an excellent side dish that goes well with almost any dinner, chicken, fish, beef or pork. The mashed sweet potatoes is made simply with milk, Parmesan butter and nutmeg, like the classic mashed potatoes. I flavored with fresh chives which gives that extra flavor and extinguishes the sweetness of sweet potatoes.

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Orange roasted carrots

Orange roasted carrots

Orange roasted carrots are the perfect side dish for a quick and easy dinner. Just wash them, peel them, cut them into pieces and mix them in a mixture of orange juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Carrots are perfect in many dishes, excellent as a simple side dish and are perfect for small snacks. […]

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Stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are delicious side dishes. A poor dish, but rich in flavor and very tasty. You can use any type of bread, wholemeal, cereal and any type of cheese you have available. These stuffed mushrooms are excellent to accompany meat or fish main courses.

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Creamy mashed potatoes

These best creamy mashed potatoes are a favorite recipe of my family. Simple mashed potatoes cooked to perfection with butter and milk! A recipe that reminds me of childhood, with its smells and flavors. The potatoes are perfectly boiled, mashed and then cooked in milk, finally it is whipped with butter and Parmesan. What’s better?!

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Brussels sprouts with prosciutto

Brussels sprouts with prosciutto

This Brussels sprouts with prosciutto recipe will convert even those who are not a lover of sprouts. Brussels sprouts with prosciutto recipe is low in fat, great to accompany a meat dish. You can prepare them first and store them in an airtight container for 2 days in the refrigerator and heat them for 5-10 […]

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Dessert

Blueberry jam tart

Blueberry jam tart

The blueberry jam tart is a tart filled with jam and decorated with delicious meringues.This dessert is excellent as a dessert at the end of a meal, a snack or to accompany an afternoon tea. The shortcrust pastry of this tart it is the same recipe with which I prepared the Classic Italian tart, a […]

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Chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes are super greedy cakes, soft and moist at the right point. For the frosting I chose a chocolate ganache prepared with cream and dark chocolate. These sweets are excellent to bring to the table on a thousand occasions, as a dessert at the end of a meal or for afternoon tea.

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Nougat parfait

Nougat parfait

The nougat parfait is the perfect dessert to bring to the table for the Christmas holidays, delicious and fresh. Inside the parfait there are crunchy pieces of dark chocolate that make it even tastier. It is also very practical because we can prepare it in advance and serve it at the moment with the hot […]

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panpepato recipe

Panpepato recipe

The panpepato is the most important sweet in the Umbrian territory, precisely in the city of Terni. A concentrate of energy and also of magic, dried fruit with honey, chocolate and spices. It has very ancient origins, the panpepato, whose tradition dates back to the 15th century, is so called because it is rich in […]

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EASY ITALIAN PANETTONE

Easy Italian Panettone

Easy Italian Panettone is a simplified version of the classic Panettone with sourdough moreover it is much faster, with one day you can enjoy a good product. Panettone is a typical Italian dessert, precisely from the city of Milan, a gastronomic tradition of Christmas.

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Christmas butter cookies

Christmas butter cookies

Christmas butter cookies are a classic Christmas cookise. Melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies . They are super easy to make and with only 7 ingredients, plus you can have fun decorating them with the kids. You can choose any type of chocolate, dark, milk and even white.

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citrus ricotta tart

Citrus ricotta tart

Citrus ricotta tart is a dessert for many occasions, for Christmas, for an afternoon tea, even for breakfast. Citrus ricotta tart is a creamy and tasty dessert. The ricotta cream is flavored with the zest and juice of citrus fruits, lemons and oranges

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HAZELNUT TUFFLES

Hazelnut truffles

The hazelnut truffles are very simple to prepare, all the ingredients have to be cooked for two minutes, left to cool, truffles are formed and that’s it. This recipe that I propose today is from my grandmother, a very simple recipe with few ingredients. In addition, these hazelnut truffles are egg-free, dairy-free and naturally gluten-free. […]

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linzer cookies

Linzer cookies

This one that I propose today is a traditional Christmas recipe. Linzer cookies are a reinterpretation of the classic Austian Linzer torte. Linzer cookies are filled with raspberry jam, in addition there are several variations in the list of ingredients, from hazelnut flour instead of almond flour, to brown sugar and even in the filling […]

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gingebread cookies

Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies are ginger biscuits typical of the holidays, at Christmas they take the form of reindeer, garlands and mainly that of a little man, the gingerbread man, born from the imagination of Elizabeth I of England. She had these cookies prepared in honor of her most important guests. This recipe makes pleasantly spiced cookies […]

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GINGERBREAD CUPCAKES

Gingerbread cupcakes

Easy and sweet gingerbread cupcakes with a whipped cream frosting flavored with the spices for gingerbread, are perfect for Christmas. In this dough I don’t use molasses but only dark brown sugar and spices. I also replaced the butter with oil to make them lighter. With buttermilk they are a perfect combination as they stay […]

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Homemade hot chocolate

Homemade hot chocolate

The best hot chocolate recipe. This homemade hot chocolate is creamy and smooth. Uniquely made with dark chocolate for a more intense and rich taste. I recommend at least 70% dark chocolate. It is also quick and easy to prepare, it only takes 15 minutes and very few ingredients. Furthermore, this homemade hot chocolate can […]

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Hot white coconut chocolate

Hot white coconut chocolate

Hot white coconut chocolate is a treat even for lactose intolerant because it is prepared with vegan white chocolate, coconut milk and vegetable cream. This hot drink is ideal on these cold winter days, a perfect comfort food. The hot white coconut chocolate is suitable for those who can’t consume dairy products like me, it’s […]

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cream puff

Cream puff

Made with a few simple ingredients, this homemade cream puff recipe looks impressive but is very easy to make! Eggs, sugar, flour, butter, salt and optional sugar. The puffs are delicious after a meal, for a delicious breakfast, for birthdays or parties. Preparing them at home is truly rewarding.

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amaretti cookies

Amaretti cookies

Amaretti cookies are a typical Italian dessert of which we find many versions, each house has one. These delicious almond morsels are crunchy on the outside and just the right softness on the inside. Amaretti cookies are great for entertaining or even gifting this festive season. Amaretti are prepared with almond flour, powdered sugar, egg […]

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hazelnuts cookies

Hazelnuts cookies

Hazelnuts cookies are soft inside and have an intense flavor. Excellent on all occasions, from breakfast to tea time they have a truly irresistible scent. This recipe that I propose today is from my family, exactly from my grandmother, who used to prepare these biscuits together with many others typical of our area in Italy.

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tiramisù

Tiramisù

Tiramisù is a dessert of Italian cuisine, one of the most loved and made in the world. The origins of tiramisù are very uncertain and several cities claim its authorship. It is a very simple dessert to prepare, its mascarpone cream is irresistible, so tasty and velvety, between layers of soft ladyfingers soaked in coffee. […]

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creamy chestnut tiramsù

Creamy chestnuts tiramisù

Creamy chestnuts tiramisù is an autumn variant of the classic Italian tiramisu. Creamy chestnuts tiramisù is a delicious and full of flavor dessert. In this recipe I also propose the gluten-free and dairy-free version.

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Italian cookies

Italian cookies

Italian cookies are delicious pastries made up of two biscuits filled with your favorite filling, from a creamy hazelnut filling to a little jam or chocolate glaze. They are called here, Occhio di Bue (Bullseye).These Italian cookies are yummy and perfect for afternoon tea. In Italy we also enjoy them for breakfast or as a […]

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