Christmas Day: easy recipes

It's Christmas time and time to celebrate this special date with the ones you love, maybe around the table tasting some special dishes. For inspiration I participated to a Cecchi wine presentation and a Christmas cooking lesson by Giulia (Juls Kitchen) at Mama cooking school, in Florence. If you're a Tuscan food lover, here you'll find a Tuscan menu with some easy recipes and lot of Christmas flavor.

Christmas Day: starters

During Christmas most Tuscans probably have chicken liver crostini as a starter but if you are looking for a vegetarian option maybe you could prepare a simple chickpea cake. The Cecina (torta di ceci or farinata) is a pizza shaped snack made with chickpea flour and water. It’s a traditional food from Pisa and Livorno that you can also find in many other cities of the Tyrrhenyan coast.
Chickpea cake
Chickpea cake

Christmas Day: first course

Tradition has it fresh egg pasta filled either with spinach and ricotta or the more classic potato filling. You can also find "crespelle alla fiorentina" as a first course : a sort of thin pancakes usually filled with ricotta cheese and spinach and rolled up as cannelloni.
Roasted pumpkin
Roasted pumpkin

Since it's possible to play with many other seasonal ingredients you can fill "crespelle" with your favourite vegetables. Find out here the yummy pumpkin florentine crespelle recipe by Juls.

Making crespelle at Mama cooking school with Juls
Making crespelle at Mama cooking school with Juls
Crespella stuffed with pumpkin, ricotta and pecorino
Crespella stuffed with pumpkin, ricotta and pecorino

Christmas Day: main dish

Among the main dishes you can find in Tuscany during Christmas, there is the classic roast pork loan. Giulia uses to prepare it with red apples and serves with roasted vegetables. Find out here how to make a perfect Christmas roast pork loin and for an even more authentic Tuscan taste pair your dish with a red DOCG Tuscan wine.
Roasted pork loin with apples
Roasted pork loin with apples
 
Chianti Classico Christmas!
Chianti Classico Christmas!

Christmas Day: dessert

End your Christmas day lunch in the traditional Tuscan way: Tuscan biscuits (biscotti di Pratoricciarelli and cavallucci) panforte and Vinsanto. Otherwise, Juls suggests to bake a quick poundcake (this is an international dessert) and decorate it with sugar and orange cream and candied oranges.