So the time of the Christmas holidays has arrived, an opportunity to be in the company of relatives and friends, celebrating with large binges of excellent homemade dishes, all together.
What do you eat at Christmas in Tuscany? Christmas recipes are based on simple and genuine ingredients of popular cuisine that become a triumph of flavors on our tables. They are typically fish-based dishes stewed or in soups for Christmas Eve and succulent meats and roasts for Christmas lunch.
Each house has its variants and traditions that are handed down from generation to generation, from grandparents to grandchildren, which generally remain unchanged over time, because they carry with them those childhood and family memories that are so precious in our culture.
Even if the Borgo Scopeto Relais gates are closed at Christmas, our Chef Pietro Fortunati decided to share with us his family's menu and its traditions for the Christmas lunch.
At our chef's home they eat appetizers based on cold cuts and croutons, just like most of the tuscan people.
Usually two first courses are offered; one dry and one in consommé.
For the main courses there are also two proposals to serve, one more usual for the period, the other more unusual.
As a dessert you can eat both traditional Italian desserts such as Panettone and the typical Tuscan ones. As for the Tuscan tradition, panforte, panpepato, and the "topi di Castell’Azzara", a dry pastry typical of the Amiata Grosseto area, which consists of a crescent of puff pastry filled with walnuts, honey, cinnamon and orange peel.
And what do you eat at Christmas? Let us know by commenting on our post on our Facebook page!