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The top 10 of Christmas foods that are most popular on social media – Italian Cuisine

They receive shares and appreciation: we discover together which Christmas foods are more successful on social networks. Are they also your favorites?

You are preparing, the menu It is decided, the expenditure is almost done, the divisions between family and invited also. The Christmas it is always closer and is inevitably synonymous with great binges. Each region, but also every family, has its own Christmas traditions, yet there are some dishes and ingredients that are more appreciated than others just about anywhere. He proves it a monitoring conducted by Espresso Communication for Vitavigor, the historic brand of Milan breadsticks, which has classified the hashtag of the most popular Christmas delicacies on Instagram. Let's find out then the top 10 of the most loved Christmas foods on social media.

The 10 most loved Christmas foods on Instagram

If the customs change, this ranking shows us how Italians continue to love tradition. In fact, on the podium of the top 10 we find the lasagna, which triumph in the menu 2.0 with 570,903 dedicated posts on Instagram. There are those who love those at the meat sauce, who instead prefers different versions, like the lasagna with vegetables or al fish. In second place there can only be the panettone, a dessert that is the true symbol of Christmas and that is often accompanied by mascarpone creams is icing of various kinds. The top 3 i closes tortellini, a great classic, to eat with the broth or dry.

Leave the first three positions, continue in the standings: follow, in fourth place, the Pandoro, a typical Veronese dessert that has always been a great panettone antagonist, while on the fifth it is placed lentils, the dish of New Year. At the sixth and seventh we have respectively dried fruit is Nougat, ideal to complete the meals of the Holidays. The eighth is occupied by breadsticks, who win an exclusive place in the trash bin bread of the period of the Holidays, as pointed out by Federica Bigiogera, marketing manager of Vitavigor: «I'm a delicious starter or a perfect aperitif, in line with the tastes of the whole family. Breadsticks continue to be one of the most popular foods by Italians and, just for Christmas, they record an increase in requests. Our in particular embellish the Christmas table thanks to their fashion sachets! .

In the queue, but still in the top ten, there are the struffoli, emblem of the Christmas of the South. To finally close we find the cod, which is gluttonous fried, creamed, stewed, with polenta, in cream … in short, it is a versatile fish that arrives on Italian tables for the holidays.

Christmas tortellini

The big ones excluded

Surprisingly, you will not find second courses of meat, such as boiled and roasted, but also lamb is capon. The same applies to the cotechino, which couples exclusive with the lentils to celebrate the last of the year. It seems they are less appreciated this year too eel, dates and cold cuts, which are falling, at least according to a monitoring of the hashtag on Instagram.

But what will your Christmas menu be like this year?

the rules for enjoying the typical Christmas dessert at the top – Italian Cuisine

Eye to the form
The panettone's dome must be golden, swollen and round but not too high. In its most classic version, without icing, the surface is characterized by its characteristic cross cut, the "escarpment" that must be clearly visible. The hoof will be compact but not too dark.

Better big
Like all leavened products the panettone gives its best in large formats: in a larger volume it retains more moisture, which favors a good leavening.

167352Panettone loves the heat
It seems a paradox but the winter dessert par excellence is better if the temperature is high. The experts guarantee that in August it is better than ever. But for us traditionalists, who reserve it for the table of holidays, the advice is to keep it at least one day in one well-heated environment: this will give off its aromas and it will be softer.

You eat first with your eyes
The pleasure of a pleasant tasting of the panettone comes also from the sight and the smell: dedicated attention to the pasta, which must be yellow (a sign that contains many egg yolks) and well honeyed. Then enjoy the scents: first the citrus fruit (which comes from candied fruit) then the vanilla one and finally the buttery component (whose intensity also derives from the type of butter used: the best is the outcropping).

167349Impeccable service
The suggestion of the experts is to eliminate all the paper cups, to serve the dessert in its original form (the paper container was born for commercial reasons after World War II, with practical and hygienic but not aesthetic functions).

Perfect slices
Panettone should be cut with a slow and deep movement, keeping the knife parallel to the serving plate so that the air bubbles do not crush. The right portion is 80 g.

167340Pairings doc
Served simply smooth, the panettone goes well with i passito wines but also robust reds like a Barolo Chinato. If instead you want to combine it with one creamIn addition to the classic mascarpone cheese, you can try it with eggnog, pastry, but also a cream of hazelnuts and pistachio or a raspberry coulis, whose acidity perfectly compensates the fat component of the panettone. If you love gourmand experiments, you can serve it with a reduction of aged balsamic vinegar or, toasted, in combination with foie gras. And what's going on? Try it for breakfast, cut into cubes, always toasted or sautéed in a pan with a little butter.

Livia Fagetti
With the advice of Pier Venturi, product manager of IDB Group
November 2018

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