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.
Liven up your holiday spread with a rich, slow cooked sausage and mushroom dish served over creamy polenta. Finish the meal with a fudgy chocolate cake topped with Baci chocolates.
The holidays are fast approaching, and I am beyond excited to be sharing these Italian recipes with you today! I have paired up with Colavita Olive Oil and Perugina chocolate to bring you two amazing dishes perfect for the holidays.
Let’s start with a delicious creamy polenta topped with a savory sausage and mushroom tomato sauce, and we will wrap everything up with a luscious dark chocolate Italian cake… a sweet surprise!
Polenta is a typical northern Italian peasant dish, and when topped with a slow-cooked sauce of sausage and mushrooms, it’s the perfect comforting cold-weather dinner! This is seriously phenomenal!
The other main component of this meal is, of course, the polenta! Traditional polenta, since its made of crushed cornmeal, typically takes forever to cook, and because it easily clumps, it has to be stirred constantly as to not turn into a lumpy mess. Thankfully, Colavita makes a fabulous instant polenta that takes just 5 minutes of cooking! I made mine with 3 parts water to 1 part milk for extra creaminess, and added butter and tons of parmesan cheese for the perfect base to the savory sauce.
And now, onto the best part of any meal (though this entrée, is, admittedly, pretty great)… dessert! I was beyond excited to get to work with Perugina chocolates, as I basically grew up on their Baci truffles and gianduiotti. In case you’ve never had Baci chocolates, let me just start off by saying that you’re totally missing out. These little bites are filled with a whole hazelnut and a creamy chocolate-hazelnut mixture, and covered in a thick layer of rich chocolate. I decided to up the deliciousness factor and stuff them in chocolate cake!
I took my mom’s classic Italian chocolate cake recipe, and added Baci chocolates around the edges so that you would get one in every slice. It’s a totally scrumptious treat, more brownie than cake, and super fudgy and soft in texture. Serious chocoholic heaven!
Hi! My name is Valentina and I am The Baking Fairy! I'm a 20-something university student studying for PA school and moonlighting as a food blogger. I cook, I bake, I craft, I nanny, and I blog about it all! My style of cooking is college-budget gourmet... with an occasional wedding cake. The way to my heart is paved in glitter and chocolate.