Traditional Christmas cuisine: what to eat on the eve of Christmas

The culinary traditions of our parts are very important and you can discover them in person by following one of our courses of typical Neapolitan cuisine. However, in the families of southern Italy, especially in Naples and the province, one of the strongest traditions of all is to gather at the table with the whole family and eat for quite a few hours.

The Christmas Eve in Naples

Strange to say but in our area in the culinary field it is far more important on Christmas Eve than on Christmas Day.
The Christmas Eve tables can also be miles long 🙂 and welcome a lot of relatives. The atmosphere is confusing and festive, the chatter is incessant and is interspersed only by numerous toasts or chewing. It is something that we can explain hundreds of times but that only by living it in person can we really understand. We try again this time and to do it, we start with food.

The Christmas Eve menu

On Christmas Eve, only one rule is followed: you eat fish and the real eve is celebrated at dinner.
What do you do then all day? One divides into two teams: those who stay at home to cook, those who leave to wish a merry Christmas and toast with anyone who meets on the street.
But what do we eat then? If you stay at home to help cook, I recommend wearing something that you don’t care about, and then change it, because in a self-respecting Neapolitan home, you fry a lot!
Cod and fried anchovies are a must but as an aperitif they also serve delicious seaweed or cauliflower fritters. The salt cod is once again overbearing because one of the main courses is the salted codfish which is usually served half-way through the first course, linguine with scampi or seafood, and the second, baked fish (for those who manage to get there) . To this is added a typically Neapolitan thing, the so-called reinforcing salad (Insalata di Rinforzo), a very seasoned salad that serves to refresh the mouth and prepare itself for fruit: peanuts, almonds, dates, and mandarins whose skins will then be used to mark the numbers of the tombola and desserts, classic struffoli (short bites of pastry immersed in honey) and rococo and mostacciolo, aromatic chocolate-covered or white biscuits.

Eating while eating, you arrive at midnight and you exchange Christmas greetings, put the child in the cave and think about lunch the next day …
Merry Christmas from Buyourtour!

Eating while eating, you arrive at midnight and you exchange Christmas greetings, put the child in the cave and think about lunch the next day …

Merry Christmas from Buyourtour!

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