Next in line for Christmas menus to consider is Mario Batali’s, the Food Network’s, larger than life American-Italian chef. I must say though, that this menu is not typical-Mario, whose recipes I’ve found not to be the simplest to do in your average home kitchen.
This Christmas menu is actually pretty easy to pull off, in both availability of ingredients and procedure, unlike his Christmas Eve menu, the Seven Fish (also found in his cookbook Holiday Food, pictured above), which is what I would call, classic Mario – delicious, but not exactly easy peasy.
“This menu has all the ingredients for a superb holiday. The dishes indulge and comfort, and they incorporate a little bit of tradition and a lot of play. Best of all, none of these dishes is particularly complicated.
I love to cook for my family at the holidays; it’s a special way of showing love and affection. But there’s no point if all that cooking actually takes away from time spent with loved ones.
That’s why this menu is ideal. Certain components can be prepared ahead of time, and even the final preparations won’t leave you feeling as though you’ve spent the day handcuffed to the stove. It’s a celebratory dinner everyone, even the cook, will have energy and desire to enjoy.”
� Mario Batali
Mario’s Italian Christmas Dinner
Clams with Oregano and Bread Crumbs
Fresh Ricotta, Anchovy, and Oregano Toasts
Turkey Stuffed with Chestnuts and Prunes
Linguine alle Noci
Linguine with Walnut Sauce
Affogato al Caffe
Coffee Semifreddo “Drowned” in Coffee
For recipes, click HERE.
[tags]Christmas, Holidays, Christmas dinner, Mario Batali[/tags]
Originally posted on December 10, 2006 @ 2:36 pm