Cappelletti Marchigiani and stuffed capon : the Christmas tradition of Fano
In the picturesque town of Fano, located on the Adriatic coast of the Marche region, there is a culinary delicacy that enchants the palate during the Christmas holidays: Marche cappelletti in broth. This traditional dish is a symbol of warmth, conviviality and authentic taste that has been prepared with love and dedication for generations.
The history of cappelletti from the Marche has its roots in the Renaissance, when the rich Italian culinary tradition began to take shape. The exact origin of the name "cappelletti" is uncertain, but it is thought to derive from the shape of the small pasta rolls, similar to a medieval hat.
The preparation of cappelletti from the Marche requires time, patience and culinary skill. The pastry, prepared with soft wheat flour and eggs, is rolled out thinly and cut into small squares. The filling, a mix of pork, veal and chicken, previously cooked, is flavored with spices and parmesan. Each square of pastry is then closed to form a small hood, carefully sealed to prevent the filling from escaping during cooking.
Cappelletti from the Marche region reach their maximum expression when cooked in a capon broth.
During the Christmas period, Marche cappelletti in broth are an absolute must on the tables of Fano families. Their consumption is a moment of celebration and sharing, an opportunity to bring loved ones together around a traditional dish that nourishes the body and soul. Their preparation is a ritual that unites generations, among which the family recipe passes from hand to hand.
In the context of the Christmas holidays, stuffed capon is another traditional dish that is proudly prepared at Palazzo Rotati in Fano according to an ancient recipe.
The previously boned capon is stuffed with a mix of pork, chicken, veal, eggs, parmesan and spices, then slowly roasted until the skin becomes crispy and golden.
Symbol of abundance and prosperity, it is a culinary masterpiece that enchants guests and makes Christmas special.
At Palazzo Rotati , the tradition of Marche cappelletti in broth and stuffed capon is respected and handed down from generation to generation. Every year, during the Christmas period, the family gathers to prepare these delicious dishes, thus preserving the local culinary culture and keeping the roots of tradition alive.
The Marche cappelletti and stuffed capon represent the soul of the Marche during Christmas. These dishes testify to the importance of culinary tradition as a form of identity and connection with the past.
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