What does the holiday season mean for you? It’s highly subjective, but for many it offers the opportunity to commune with family, friends or even coworkers in some way. The most common way? Over food, of course.
In celebration of this time of year, we asked Colavita employees to submit some of their family favorite recipes that they can’t imagine not making during the month of December and the submissions didn’t disappoint. Whether you’re hosting, attending or on potluck duty, there’s likely to be a recipe to try. Click the title of each to head straight to the recipe!
Can you ever go wrong with banana bread? It’s the type of loaf that is so dangerous that it almost always has to be brought into the office to avoid being gobbled up in unsightly proportions at home. So what makes this recipe different from the thousands of banana bread recipes out there? Olive oil! While some recipes call for either butter or vegetable oil, few take the plunge and include a nice heart healthy oil into the mix. With the addition of extra virgin olive oil, this bread is still a treat but may leave a little bit more wiggle room for a super indulgent swipe of cream cheese.
“I love to share baked goods with friends and family during the holidays. Quick breads are perfect for gift giving, especially when baked in a mini loaf pan – just wrap individually and top with a bow! For a gathering I sometimes like to bring a variety of breads, sliced and arranged on a platter and served with cream cheese for the spreading. Banana bread is always a favorite.”
-Kim T. – Pricing Coordinator
When you think of pasta, odds are you think of savory rather than sweet. This recipe is here to challenge the way you think about pasta and take your taste buds to Molise, Italy, a lesser known region where this dish is from.
“This is traditional comfort food because it combines traditional ingredients such as pasta and grape must, with the unusual sweetness of raisins. It reminds me of home because my grandma used to cook it for me when I was a child. Once I discovered that cooked grape must is easily found in stores, I thought I should share this odd, but easy and sweet pasta recipe.”
Maria Grazia S. – Marketing Assistant
Almost everyone loves pizza but often times our gluten intolerant friends can’t partake. This crust is made out of polenta, topped greens, Pecorino Romano and a flavor-packed gremolata making it 100 percent gluten-free. What we love most about Pizza e Minestra is that it’s a no-fuss recipe and can be assembled later. This is another recipe that challenges you to think outside of the red sauce and mozzarella cheese pizza box.
“Pizza e minestra is a corn-based pizza! It’s derived from the peasant traditions of Molise, Italy, rich in taste and really easy to make. It’s perfect for a dinner with lot of people because it can be made in advance and it can be paired with almost everything!”
Antonio Z. – Accounting
Seafood is for Christmas Eve if you partake in the Feast of Seven Fishes. Branzino, salted cod dishes, shrimp and of course calamari are likely on the menu. If you’re like most, when you think of calamari you think of the fried ringlets and tentacles (debatably the best part!) served hot with a squeeze of lemon and some dipping sauces. But for this dish, we’re trying to keep it healthy. Elena’s calamari is stuffed with mushrooms, breadcrumbs and herbs so you won’t miss the fried alternative.
“This dish is a simple and healthier addition to a Feast of the Seven Fishes holiday table. And you can get it on the table in under 30 minutes. Squeamish about squid? No need—you can buy them already cleaned and ready to stuff with this savory blend of mushrooms, herbs and fresh breadcrumbs.”
Elena C. – Sales Leader
This seafood recipe comes from Portugal by way of our Human Resources Director, Terry R. These cod fried balls are the perfect bite sized snacks to have on hand while the main courses are being prepared. The key ingredient here is salted cod which is generally found in a clear bin waiting to be picked with tongs or already packaged at most grocery stores. If you’d rather not soak the cod for 12-24 hours, you can certainly try fresh cod fillets. This recipe stays true to its ethnic roots and calls for Colavita Portuguese Extra Virgin Olive Oil!
“My mom cooks these every Christmas and I truly cherish the extra time we spend together preparing each and every fritter. She always says each one is special and different. This dish is so delicious and light, so we serve it at all Portuguese special occasions like weddings and first communions and of course Christmas.”
Terry R. – Human Resources
What foods do you hold near and dear to your hearts around this season? Let us know in the comments! But more importantly, Colavita wishes you a happy holidays! Link to all of our