With the arrival of the Christmas season comes the inevitable flurry of gatherings and endless to-do lists. For some, it's a season to plan long-anticipated brunch dates with friends. Others can't wait to welcome their loved ones and friends back to glittering dinner parties within the comfort of their homes. If you relate more to the latter, you'll recall how time-consuming it is to plan dinner menus and make trips to multiple grocery stores on top of everything else that has to be done.
That said, planning ahead does keep the chaos to a minimum, while having groceries delivered to your door can free you up to do the things you actually love. And if whipping up hearty Italian dishes from scratch is your idea of a Christmas dinner done right, then read on for our top recommended recipes to try, from appetisers to dessert.
Antipasto (Appetiser): Tagliere di salumi, Italian Cold Cut Platter
With a little effort and presentation, a cold cut platter can be a pleasing and satisfying antipasto for group dinners at home. The best part about it? There's no exact recipe to follow and your ingredients can be as lavish or as minimalist as you like. If you're unsure, start with a few essentials for a variety of colour, textures and sizes on your plate:
- Casa Montorsi Prosciutto Crudo
- Bonta Italiane Salame Milano
- Bonta Italiane Salame Napoli
- Bonta Italiane Smoked Pancetta
Roll up each slice of Prosciutto, Salame, Pancetta and other meats and arrange them on your serving board. This is the time to unleash your creativity with accompaniments, which can range from Italian cheeses like gorgonzola and burrata to olives, artichokes, asparagus, cherry tomatoes and more, served with a tangy vinaigrette dressing on the side.
Pair it with: Martini Prosecco