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Top 3 Italian Christmas Recipes

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Whenever you think about Italian cuisine, there are a number of dishes that frequently come to mind, especially lasagna.  Where the international traveler is concerned, most of them feel that the allure of Italy is found in the cuisine, culture, Renaissance architecture, shopping opportunities, and the wines.  However, with Christmas just around the corner, thoughts often turn to preparing a traditional Italian meal for the holidays to serve up to your family and friends.

Italian Christmas Recipes

Here are the top 3 Italian Christmas recipes that you should consider for the holidays if you want to have a delightful feast and the perfect meal to please your guests with:

Main course

Two-sauce lasagna – everyone is well aware of 3, 4, or 5 cheese lasagna recipes, but what about any of those that are cooked using a two sauce format? The two sauce dish is made using Béchamel and Bolognese sauces.  Béchamel is a white cream sauce whereas Bolognese is a red tomato sauce filled with Italian sausage (hot or mild) and ground beef.  Combine these two distinct sauces with your choice of the 3, 4, or 5 cheese formats, the pasta, and you have a Christmas dish that people will go back again and again.

Side dish

Marinated Italian Salad – starting with a base of briefly boiled cauliflower and carrots, these are bathed quickly in cold water and set to the side.  Once you have done this, mix the following ingredients together:

  • - 1/4 cup of red wine
  • - 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • - 1/3 cup of chopped parsley
  • - 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • - 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • - 3/4 teaspoon of salt

Place the cauliflower and carrots in the marinade for anywhere from a few hours to overnight if you like so that it can be served with the main course above.


Sardinian Lemon Meringues – this is a light dessert which is the perfect finish to the heavy meal and side dish above.  You heat the following in an oven set on a lower heat (250°).  Mix and prepare the following:

Whip 7 egg whites and 1/4 cup of salt until it becomes somewhat stiff in consistency.  While still beating, gradually mix in 2 cups of white sugar until the proper meringue is achieved.  Add two cups of chopped and toasted almond slivers and one finely grated lemon peel.  Place dollops of the mixture on a greased baking sheet and place in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes in order to enjoy a light, tasty dessert.

There are no doubt other Italian holiday meals that you can compare, but the combination of the above all compliments one another perfectly.

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

6 responses to “Top 3 Italian Christmas Recipes”

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  1. Roberto Aiello says via Facebook:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 18:08

    only 2?!? mmm, not at my home ;-)

  2. Kri Santhi says via Facebook:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 19:32


  3. Adrienne Bensco says via Facebook:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 21:11

    Wow! Thanks Venere!
    My mouth is ‘watering’ already ;)

  4. Arild Martinsen says via Facebook:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 22:22

    Same here, but I use one week -

  5. Gabriella Lai says via Facebook:
    December 24th, 2010 at 16:58

    Those are not Italian Christmas recipes, those are only the tipical dishes served to stupid tourists by not Italian cooks

  6. Theresa Lamberti says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 00:52

    Not sure where this girl got her information. Our Lasagna came with one sauce, with tomato, basil, garlic and plum tomatoes with a pork flavored base.
    and this was not served before the soup and the antipasto. but came before the turkey and stuffing and vegetables and then……..
    followed by the Italian salad,which in my family, consisted of lettuce, black olives, plum tomatoes, green pepper slices etc with a dressing of olive oil, wine vinegar,basil,, garlic and, onion.

    You woulld never find a “meringue” dessert on the table. There wasn’t a “light” dessert in sight.
    {Must be a region of Italy I am not familiar with]

    Our table full of platters of Italian cookies, Cannoli and Sfogliatelle pastries and many others.

    I like our food traditions much better!

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