As the last post of the year, I had to share with you a cotechino recipe. That’s because Italians always have at least one slice of cotechino on New Year’s Eve! It’s a tradition that I love to keep alive even down under. I often make my own cotechino (you can find my tutorial and recipe here) as it is much easier than you think, but you can also use store bought ones. For the few of you who still don’t know what cotechino is… well, it’s a big sausage made with pork meat and rind and that has to be cooked slowly over a few hours to obtain the most amazing, soft, melt-in-the-mouth dish. Besides eating it with lentils (or en croûte, as per my recipe on Manu’s Christmas Menus), we also like to serve it with Italian style mash potatoes. They are very easy to make, they are quite low in calories and they are smooth, silky and fluffy! I love purè (as we call it) and this is my mum’s recipe (she makes the best mash ever!). Before I leave you to the recipe, I’d like to wish you all a fantastic New Year 2014! Have fun and stay safe! See you’ll in the new year!
- 1 Cotechino, store bought or home-made
- 500 gms – 1.1 lbs. Potatoes
- 20 gms – 1 heaped tbps butter
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- Salt to taste
- Take a skewer and make some holes all around the cotechino. This will prevent the skin from breaking while cooking.
- Put it in a big enough pot and cover it with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce the flame to low and simmer for 2.5 to 3 hours.
- When ready, let it cool down completely and then cut it in 2 cm – ¾ inch slices.