Christmas is always an exciting day for Christians and at our home it is quite festive. Our dinners are traditional Parmesan Christmas meals. They are fantastically delicious, yet for some folks,an unpretentious feast.
The arrival of guests begins our festive day. We all gather in a cheerfully decorated room and mingle around a table with a little antipasto. Accompanying the antipasto are glasses of sparkling wine such as Prosecco or Asti Spumanti. We raise our glasses and spread love and affection amongst us.
With festive affectionate vibes in the air we move to the dining room table. The dining room table is always decoratively set for our Christmas meal. A tureen of anolini in broth is in the center of the table accompanied by the traditional grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Also on the table is a bottle of Albana di Romagna seco (dry), Bardolino Rose Classico and Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, a bottle for everyone’s taste. Everyone is always totally satisfied with the traditional anolini.
My Parmesan family’s time-honored entrée of roasted capon with spinach stuffing accompanied by Parmesan mashed potatoes is then presented and served. Occasionally, we alter the menu, particularly with the entrée and dessert. This year we are serving a rosemary infused roast loin of pork, cooked with vegetables that will accompany the roasted Loin of Pork.
Our dessert is, generally, Zuppa Englese. This year our desserts are Tuttifrutti Semifreddo, Tutti-frutti Semi-frozen and Torta di Maraschino, Maraschino cherry cake.