Christmas Menu from Tuscany

From antipasto to dessert

Looking for recipes for the festive season? Straight from Tuscany, here are some tips for your Christmas menu:

Christmas dinner in Tuscany [Photo credits and setting: Italian Eye]
Christmas dinner in Tuscany [Photo credits and setting: Italian Eye]

Antipasto Toscano

A traditional Tuscan antipasto should contain mixed cold cuts, Pecorino cheese, olives and especially chicken-liver crostini (chicken liver pâté over toasted bread).  Throughout Tuscany each family makes its own version but everybody loves crostini. Find out here the recipe for traditional Crostini Toscani and a list of the most famous cold cuts of Tuscany. If you need a vegetarian starter, bake some Cecina (chickpea cake) and serve it warm.

Tuscan antipasto [Photo credits: Michela Simoncini]
Tuscan antipasto [Photo credits: Michela Simoncini]

First course: Stuffed pasta

According to tradition, Christmas lunch first course must be fresh egg pasta stuffed either with spinach and ricotta or the more classic potato filling.  The sauce must be rich: a simple meat ragu will be just fine but to give a certain prestige to their tables Tuscans love to use wild game (selvaggina). Check here a recipe for Ricotta and spinach ravioli and the classic meat sauce for pasta. If you like wild game you can prepare a wild boar or hare sauce. For a vegetarian version just season your ravioli or tortelli with butter and sage leaves.

Ricotta and spinach ravioli [Photo credits: Flavia Cori, Tuscany Social Media Team]
Ricotta and spinach ravioli [Photo credits: Flavia Cori, Tuscany Social Media Team]
Potato tortelli with meat sauce [Photo credits: Mugello Toscana]
Potato tortelli with meat sauce [Photo credits: Mugello Toscana]

Main course: Arista, Tuscan-style roast pork

Arista is the Tuscan name for roasted pork loin, very common on Sunday's lunch, especially in Florence. Tuscan Arista is very easy to make and it's seasoned with garlic, fresh rosemary, sage, salt and extra-virgin olive oil. Find out here the story and recipe.

Tuscan Arista [Photo credits: Flavia Cori, Tuscany Social Media Team]
Tuscan Arista [Photo credits: Flavia Cori, Tuscany Social Media Team]

Old fashion Dessert: Panforte

End your meal with a Tuscan traditonal Christmas dessert having a recipe that's 1000 years old: Panforte + some special Christmas biscuits as cavallucci and ricciarelli.

Tuscan Panforte [Photo credits: Alice Del Re]
Tuscan Panforte [Photo credits: Alice Del Re]

Looking for the perfect wine for your Christmas meal? Have a look at this list with the top 11 wines from Tuscany!

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