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Italian New Year's Eve Traditions in Food

Italian New Year's Eve Traditions in Food
From Fine Dining Lovers - December 15, 2017

Tradition and superstition are central to Italian new year's eve traditions, especially when it comes to the food.

A typical New Year's Eve or Capodanno menu includes dishes which are symbolic of good luck with the promise that those that eat them will have a prosperous year ahead.

Cotechino and Lentils

In fact, it's customary in Italy to eat lentils with cotechinoor Zampone (a kind of pork sausage mix with meat stuffed inside a pork leg). The lentils are symbolic of coins, the idea being the more lentils you devour, the more prosperous you will be in the new year. Pork is also considered to be a meat that brings good luck.

If lentils are not on the menu, rice is considered equally lucky and the same philosophy applies, every grain eaten promises more money in your pocket in the coming year.

Here's the cotechino and lentils recipe.

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