PARTNER POST — The holiday season is here and it is time to add some Italian flair to your menu with authentic ingredients from Colavita and Perugina’s rich Italian chocolate.
Cozy artichoke risotto and a decadent hazelnut praline chocolate roulade, which also is gluten free, make for a delicious duo that is perfect for the holidays.
The holiday season in Boston is always pretty magical – crunchy leaves on Thanksgiving to accompany the pumpkin pie, and plenty of snow on the ground to welcome Christmas and the New Year. No matter how cold it gets outside, though, sharing warm, home-cooked meals with family is always the highlight of the holidays. As cheesy as it sounds, we love feeling the love.
So we made these recipes with love, for you. Whether you have 78249395 crazy relatives or your family consists of just you and your cat, these are dishes made to share with those you’re closest to.
For these recipes, we’ve used Colavita and Perugina ingredients, makers of some of the world’s finest olive oils and chocolates, respectively. Olive oil and chocolate are two of our most-used (and most-loved) ingredients, and we love all things Italian, so this partnership was really a no-brainer.
I may not have the warm weather for another few months, but I will have my wine and I will definitely have my share of warm, delicious food. And so, this beautiful artichoke and asparagus risotto was born. Buttery and creamy risotto combined with artichoke hearts, asparagus, Parmesan, excellent olive oil, and other goodness. Nothing too crazy here – just simple and classic ingredients to remind myself that Italy is not so far away once this risotto is in my belly.Print
Every year, I challenge myself to squeeze a little more chocolate into Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. And really, is there a better flavor combination than chocolate and hazelnuts? Nope. Never. So it’s no wonder that I fell in love with Perugina’s Baci chocolates, which are made with gianduia (chocolate and hazelnut cream, of course) and whole hazelnuts enrobed in dark chocolate. It’s chocolate-hazelnut heaven, my friends.
This elegant chocolate roulade is perfect for the holidays (and also happens to be gluten free). The cake itself is airy yet rich, while the whipped cream filling is made with a homemade hazelnut praline paste and chopped Baci chocolates. Everything is topped with a bold bittersweet espresso ganache, and even more Baci (because there can never be enough of that chocolate and hazelnut combo). All together, this cake is light yet decadent, and is sure to please.
Leili is a Boston-based food writer and recipe developer who shares all of her kitchen adventures on her food blog, Yin and Yolk. She loves cooking up healthy comfort food dishes but also has a passion for pastries, and strives to create recipes that are both delicious and wholesome. When she's not experimenting in the kitchen, she can be found perusing the local farmer's market, jogging through the city, or trying out new places to eat.