Italian Food for the Holidays

by Travis Loncar on December 13, 2011

Hey there, folks! Hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday, a wonderful week, and a marvelous month! We know we are! There’s nothing like the essence of the holidays, here in Pittsburgh. With another year of hard work at our heels, it’s this time of year that we truly appreciate the time that we get to spend with one another. Whether it’s watching our one-legged warrior of a quarterback handily dispose of the Cleveland Browns (no offense, Ohioans) or gathering at the dining room table for a traditional Italian dinner, we’re privileged to be able to share these moments together. The best time is family time – there’s no doubt about it. And, when it comes to family time, it’s important that the meals are especially placating! I think we can all agree on that. Uncle Ben and Aunt Carol expect nothing but the best, and by golly, that’s what we have to deliver! Today, we’ll take a look at three Italian dishes that’ll keep the relatives smiling like a butcher’s dog. Here we go!

Italian food holidays


1. Lasagna

It doesn’t get much more Italian, does it? Lasagna is the perfect combination of savory meat, soft noodles, rich tomato sauce, and who could forget – mounds of thick, delicious cheese. Whether it’s authentic Italian or an American-Italian blend, it’s hard to argue with lasagna being the dish of choice for many an Italian food fanatic. Oh yeah, it smells pretty good, too. There’s nothing like walking through the front door to the homey aroma of a good, Ricotta-laden lasagna.

2. Meat Loaf

What’s better to keep your family warm than a loaf of meat cooked Italian-style? We’ll leave that question to you! With red pepper, chopped garlic, ground beef, and the option of grated parmesan cheese (among other things), meat loaf is a dish that’s worth the time it takes to cook. Again, the smell alone is outstanding – perhaps enough so that it alone warrants the cooking process! We all know that it makes good leftovers, too – something that shouldn’t be undervalued when hungry in-laws come to town!

italian rice balls holidays


3. Rice Balls

While rice balls are typically served as an appetizer to pasta, we figured that the third item on our list should be a little less conventional than the first two. Alas, we’ve arrived at these cheesy, breaded Italian rice balls. What makes these things worth the mention? Well, first off, they’re Italian – that’s one criterion we can check off! And, other than being hot (to warm us up in the winter months), the only other qualification is being downright delicious. Needless to say, these things exceed our standards! If you’re looking for a little more substance, consider serving them with any pasta dish – including the aforementioned lasagna! Try our gluten-free lasagna for a real treat!

These are just three of our favorite Italian foods for the holidays. If you’d like to add to the list, feel free to share by commenting below! That’s all for now, though! Stay warm out there!

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