Cotechino with Lentils for Italian New Year

 


COTECHINO with LENTILS

ITALIAN NEW YEAR

“TRADITION”



ITALIAN NEW YEAR

LENTILS with COTECHINO

SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN AMERICAN TRADITIONS

SUNDAY SAUCE

LASAGNA – PASTA

LENtILES w / COTECINO

LENTILS & COTECHINO

“ITALIAN NEW YEARS”


The Cotechino is an Italian large pork sausage requiring slow cooking; usually it is simmered at low heat for several hours. Its name comes from cotica, but it may take different names depending on its various locations of production.

The cotechino is an Italian large pork sausage requiring slow cooking; usually it is simmered at low heat for several hours. Its name comes from cotica (rind), but it may take different names depending on its various locations of production. According to tradition, it is served with lentils on New Year’s Eve, because lentils—due to their shape—are ‘credited’ with bringing money in the coming year.

It is prepared by filling the natural casing with rind, pork meat (usually of secondary preference), and fat mixed with salt and spices; in industrial production, nitrites and nitrates are added as preservatives. Some similar sausages exist in the Italian cooking tradition, for example musetto and zampone which are made with different meat and parts of the pig, musetto being made with meat taken from the pig’s muzzle and zampone being held together by the pig’s rear leg skin.

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• 2 cups yellow onion, minced⠀⁠
• 4 Tbsp garlic, minced⠀⁠
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Italian American Christmas Feast of The 7 Fish Recipes – La Vigilia

 
 
Fried Baccala

When I was a little one, each year at Christmas, my grandmother would make these wonderful fried cod or cauliflower delicacies wrapped in seasoned dough! Bowls of baccala (cod fish) and cauliflower fritters would be set out on the Christmas Eve table and we would eat our fill! My little sister would eat them until she literally got sick much to the dismay of my father who would warn her of the imminent danger of her over indulgence!

What can I say; these Christmas Baccala and Cauliflower Fritters are absolutely delicious; and though I am not that big on fried foods in my normal diet, the Holidays just beg to differ! Enjoy my Christmas Baccala and Cauliflower Fritters this month at Christmas or whatever Holiday you observe; these fritters don’t discriminate, they just taste good! 

 

 

 
 
Fried Cauliflower
 



RECIPE 


INGREDIENTS:

 

In a large bowl make the batter with

1&1/2 cups organic all purpose flour 

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 large egg

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 tablespoon parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper

1 cup water

(Note if you need more batter, increase the flour to 2 cups and add another egg, adjust seasoning)

24 ounces grape seed oil for frying

For the Baccala 

1 lb cod fish fillets, water, salt and pepper

Boil the fillets in the seasoned water until just cooked yet firm

Drain on paper towels, break up in chunks

For the Cauliflower 

1 large head organic cauliflower, leaves trimmed, water, salt, pepper 

 

Boil the whole cauliflower in the water until just cooked yet firm(5-7 minutes), drain in colander, break up in large chunks.

 

Heat the oil in a deep pan on medium high until fry ready.

 

Dip the cod chunks and cauliflower chunks in the batter.

 

Immerse the batter coated chunks in the hot oil, fry until golden brown .

 

Drain fritters on paper towel.

 

If not serving immediately, the fritters can be heated in a hot oven to crisp up! 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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