The holidays are here as well as plenty of opportunities to gather with friends and family to celebrate.  No matter your hosting style or situation; Locatelli cheeses make the perfect addition to your holiday table and recipes.  Here are some of our favorite ideas to inspire you!

A Cozy Roman Pasta Dinner

Gather around the table for authentic, crowd-pleasing Roman pasta dishes.  Whether you prefer Spaghetti alla Carbonara, a classic pecorino cheese sauce, Cacio e Pepe, Bucatini All’ Amatriciana, or Pasta Puttanesca; Locatelli cheeses will give your pastas a true taste of Italy. Just add some Cheesy Garlic Bread, a Caesar Salad, and a side dish of Locatelli Meatballs and your family-friendly dinner is done!

Locatelli Meatballs

Locatelli meatballs

A Holiday Brunch

Whether you’re hosting overnight guests for the weekend or gathering neighbors for an open house; brunch is the perfect, relaxed way to host for the holidays.  Here’s how to make things even more holiday-festive with Locatelli!  A Pizza Rustica meat and cheese pie is a filling make-ahead dish that serves well at room temperature.  Add a seasonal Pear, Walnut, and Pecorino Salad alongside for a fresh and light accompaniment.  Instead of standing over the stove cooking eggs all morning, opt for our Pea, Prosciutto and Pecorino Frittata to serve a crowd at once. Just add fresh juices, a fruit salad, some pastries from your local bakery, and brunch is done!

Pea, Prosciutto and Pecorino Frittata

The Feast of the Seven Fishes

This grand Christmas Eve meal came to the United States by Southern Italian immigrants to New York City in the late 1800’s.  As with many other immigrant traditions, it was a nostalgic nod to an old world custom to feel closer to home…and in this case additionally a way to celebrate the sea.  The long standing tradition of enjoying fish on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic religious custom of abstaining from meat and dairy products on the eve of certain holidays, including Christmas.  There’s no agreement when or where the “Seven Fishes” was popularized but here are some fun recipe ideas to add to your table! Take a holiday classic and make it more special with our White Seafood Lasagna and serve it with something on the lighter side like Grilled Halibut with Herbs and Pecorino.  If you’re looking for a dish that’s sure to impress, make our beautiful Atrani Salmon Pinwheels.

A New Years Eve Fete

When you’re ringing in the new year with friends and family it’s wonderful to serve elegant, upscale nibbles and small plates so everyone can mix and mingle.  Locatelli to the rescue! Here are some of our favorites. Colorful Mixed Crostini topped with pear, pea puree, and bruschetta are the perfect savory little bites that can be enjoyed at room temperature too.  Or go for a standout Pecorino Cheese Crisp with Creamy Artichoke Dip.  Rich, nutty, tart grated Locatelli Pecorino bakes into a crispy, elegant little tuile..  It isn’t a party without dip and our Creamy Pecorino Spread with Charred Bread or Hot Cheesy Crab Dip are sure to be a highly shareable crowd favorite.  Or enjoy an authentic Sicilian classic with crispy Arancini with Peas – these fried rice balls are a special way for you and your guests to celebrate!

Arancini with Peas

From our family at Locatelli to yours – we’re wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season and a wonderful year ahead!