A New Year’s Eve recipe from Italy: sausages with lentils

Sausages and lentils (“Salsiccia e lenticchie”) is a very traditional dish for the New Year’s Eve; it’s actually a “must” on all the Italian tables. It’s usually eaten at the end of the long dinner celebrating the farewell to the old year and the welcome to the new one. It’s said that eating lentils the [...]

Christmas cookies

Ingredients for 6-8 people 1 pound of white flour 4 tablespoons of sugar 3 eggs 100 gr of melted butter 3 teaspoons of baking powder 1 gr of vanilla Directions: Put the flour on a wooden table and make a whole in it. Add the sugar, then the eggs. Whisk the eggs a little then [...]

Cartellate – Christmas Fritters

This is a very popular and traditional X-Mas pastry in the Italian Provinces of Basilicata, Puglia and Calabria. There are dozens of different recipes; this one is from my family, on my mother’s side (Lecce, Puglia). Ingredients 2.2 lb. (1 kilogram) of white flour 3 tablespoons of sugar 100 milliliters (3.39 US fluid ounces) of [...]

Almond brittle: a Christmas recipe Italian style

After Struffoli, we selected another famous and traditional recipe for a perfect Italian Christmas. Our NONNA used to cook a wonderful almond brittle…and yes, here there is a video recipe to show you how to prepare! Almond brittle is famous everywhere in Italy so it’s impossible to say from which region is from: it’s a [...]

An Italian Christmas recipe: struffoli !

It’s Christmas time, at ItalianSide.com we wondered what could be an Italian recipe to start the Christmas Season. And without doubts the answer is STRUFFOLI ! Struffoli (or Pignolata) are a kind of honey balls made for Christmas in almost all regions in Italy. But they are typical from the Southern Italy. Did you ever [...]

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