In Italy a popular New Year meal is Cotechino
con Lenticchie, or green lentils with sausages.
POLENTA and COTECHINO
Serves 4 For the polenta: 1 1/2 cups polenta 6 cups water Salt, as needed For the cotechino
: 4 1/2 ounces fresh pork belly 2 1/4 ounces pork skin 1 1/2 ounces pork fat back 3/4 teaspoon salt Pinch of curing salt For the prosciutto sauce: 4 ounces prosciutto, finely chopped 1/4 pound butter 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Freshly cracked black pepper
Mattia's Christmas menu includes: Cappelletti in brodo di cappone - Cappelletti with capon stock, an Italian holiday tradition; Cotechino
con lenticchie - Italian sausages with lentils and Sfomatino di panettone con frutta fresca - Italian panettone flan with fresh fruit.
is a savory pork sausage that contains "lo zampone," the actual hoof of the pig, and is a symbol of abundance.
If you can simply call in, scoff and leave without so much as a polite exchange with your dining companion over which wine to have with your Cotechino
sausage, you might be better off sitting on a park bench with some stale egg sandwiches and a packet of Salt 'n' Shake.
Then you'd have to go to elaborate lengths to make the cotechino
and find a shed to hang it in - not to mention the wood chips to smoke the loin
30-midnight, Sun 2-10pm BISTROT VERITE 7 Liverpool Road Birkdale, Southport, PR8 4AR Tel: 01704 564199 Opening hours Closed August 14-24 and all Sundays and Mondays Cotechino
Sausage & Cannellini beans AS PICTURED ON COVER, FROM SCHMOOZE Serves 4 Preparation time: 45 min.
At the opening lunch the guests were served the house-baked pretzel bread; Carpaccio di Pleuroti (king raw oyster mushrooms with olive oil); Salad Tritata (Romaine hearts, Yukon potatoes, hot peppers, spicy sopressata and pecorino with a red wine vinaigrette); Roasted Quail (quail from South Carolina that was brined with honey and fennel seed); Sausage Plate (Biroldo [blood sausage with cinnamon and cloves] and Cotechino
with sauerkraut and A.
It's particularly popular around Cremona in the North of Italy, where much pork is cured and mustard grows well, and it is often served alongside their traditional boiled meat dishes like cotechino
sausages and bollito misto.
One dish he mentions is pasta stuffed with celery root, but his students might also be tempted on a given evening by such traditional dishes as baby squid with tomatoes, or clove-and-nutmeg-seasoned Cotechino
sausage with polenta, or maybe just something the kitchen whips up with local mushrooms and truffles.
Sebastiano's Lucky Beans with Cotechino
became popular only when Charlie renamed it Tuscan Bean and Roast Sausage.
The type of meats in bollito misto may vary, but you should always include cotechino
sausage - a gelatinous spiced pork sausage delicious with the lentils - and the texture of the salt tongue is perfect with traditional sauces.