Christmas recipes

10/27/2011 - 12:06

I may have asked this in the past, but don't know how to search old posts. Anyway,we're spending our first family Christmas in Italy this year. Any favourite recipes gratefully received. We're having roast beef (ribs on the bone) and no doubt roast potatoes. Found a recipe which includes gravy consisting of a whole bottle of red wine!!! Since my grown-up kids don't like brussels sprouts, no doubt it'll be a boon to them if they're unobtainable???Daughter will insist on Yorkshires - so she can attempt to make those from scratch. May have to bring the pud over in my backpack. Only small presents allowed given Ryanair's allowance. Strange how cost of prezzies are in inverse proportion to their size!As I'm writing this, I KNOW I've posted before on this, but I think it was more about things to do than things to eat. Apologies anyway and what else should I definitely not miss off the cooking list?



Well, I have been able to see it. Anyway, here are 10 pages of recipes and comments from the Old Forum: The sauce that uses a full bottle of wine will be delicious and very rich. The alcohol content of the wine evaporates after 3-5 minutes of boiling. This will be useful if children are having some of the sauce. Another suggestion, you can serve potatoes and sweet potatoes or yams as the Americans call them (patata dolce). If your children do not like Brussels sprouts (you should be able to get them) offer them sauteed broccoli or spinach, or cauliflower in white sauce with cheese and ham, or "radichio rosso al forno". Do you need a recipe for any of those?

Only one way to eat them [like most veg] Raw with gravy - fantastic  [better after a frost - it sweetens them up] My Mum would be putting the sprouts on the stove just about now - just to make sure they were cooked for Christmas - if they weren't of a consistency that would pass through a fine sieve, they weren't done!

Very easy, here we go: INGREDIENTS: 600 g red radicchio, washed and cut into quarters (you can also use endives) extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste PREPARATION: Dry the radicchio quarters patting them with some kitchen paper to absorb any excess of humidity. Put them in an oven tray, previously coated with some olive oil. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake in a moderate oven for some 5-10 minutes or until the leaves become tender. You can also cook them in a skillet or a wok for some 3-5 minutes. They cook very quickly. What else would you like?

This is a delicious combination, ideal for a festive occasion. Simply steam about 600g of Brussels sprouts. Heat a bit of olive oil. Add the Brussels sprouts and cooked chestnuts (you can get these already prepared: and some cubes of bacon or ham. Add the juice and the grated zest of 1 orange together with 1/2 spoonful of sugar. Allow to reduce. Delicious.