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Christmas Caponata Recipe – Italian Cuisine – Italian Cuisine

Who knows if its name comes from the capone fish that only the rich could afford (and which the poor replaced with aubergines) or from the taverns of the ancient Romans, the cauponae. The fact is that it is a foundation of Sicilian cuisine, there are about forty variations, the Christmas one, however, is special: the richest and most colorful

  • 400 g celery hearts
  • 100 g salted capers
  • 100 g raisins
  • 60 g white almonds
  • 20 olives
  • 8 anchovy fillets in oil
  • sugar
  • vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper

For the recipe of the Christmas caponata, soak the raisins in water.
Rinse the capers from the salt.
Clean celery, keeping the leaves; cut a stem into very thin ribbons (ideal to use the mandolin) and put them in water and ice.
Cut the rest into small pieces and boil them in boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain them.
Toasted the almonds in the oven at 180 ° C for 5 minutes.
Chop olives and anchovies.
Merge in a saucepan 2 tablespoons of sugar with 8 tablespoons of vinegar.
You do melt the anchovies in a pan with a drizzle of oil, add the blanched celery and let it flavor. Then add the olives, the squeezed and chopped raisins together with the capers; salt, pepper and blend with a sprinkle of vinegar. Finally add the almonds and mix.
Leave cool and serve, completing with the celery strips drained from the water and ice and the leaves kept aside. Complete as desired with lightly toasted slices of homemade bread.

Recipe: Davide Marzullo, Photo: Riccardo Lettieri, Styling: Beatrice Prada

Christmas tree cookies – Italian Cuisine

1 flour and cocoa

Put all the powders (flour, cocoa, sugar and yeast) in a bowl and mix.
1 flour and cocoa

Also add chopped butter and eggs and start working.
2 add eggs and butter

Once you have a homogeneous dough, wrap it with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
3 knead and form a ball

Take the dough again, roll it out into a fairly thin sheet and create your own trees (my mold had the star already integrated, but of course a normal tree without a star is also fine).
Arrange the saplings on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then bake for about 10 minutes at 180 ° C, in a preheated convection oven, then remove from the oven and let it cool completely.

Prepare the ice: put the sugar in a small bowl and add the lukewarm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well: you should get a thick but fluid mixture (if not, add a little more water or powdered sugar, depending on the situation, to make it more fluid or denser).

Once you have a nice smooth icing, add the food coloring and mix well to get a uniform color.

At this point you can proceed with the decoration: using a sac-à-poche with a very small hole, create the green base for your tree, then add sprinkles, mini Smarties or other decorations to create the decorations.
Let it rest at room temperature until the ice has dried well.

The Christmas tree cookies are ready, you just have to serve them.

Christmas Broccoli – 's Christmas Broccoli Recipe – Italian Cuisine

»Christmas Broccoli - Misya's Christmas Broccoli Recipe

First, peel the broccoli by removing the thicker and leathery part of the stems and the broad, hard leaves.

Rinse them well in cold water and boil them in lightly salted and acidulated water with a little lemon juice: just a few minutes, just long enough to dry them.

Drain them with a slotted spoon and pass them directly into a non-stick pan, season with salt, oil, garlic, chilli and a little more lemon juice if you like, and leave them to flavor over high heat, so as to allow any excess water to dry. .

The Christmas broccoli is ready, let it at least cool before serving.

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