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Good Luck for the New Year Italian Style-Cotechino and Warm Lentil Salad

By on Dec 27, 2011, 1:11 pm in Celebrations, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 6 comments

Cotechino and LentilsCotechino and Lentils with Sautéed Tuscan Kale


Okay, I’m a Southerner by birth and in much of my food tastes, but to tell the truth, I have never liked black eyed peas, which are the traditional Southern dish, along with greens (greens for money, and the legumes for good luck), eaten for luck at New Year’s.

So I was happy to learn from Creminelli Fine Meats that in regions of Italy, Lentils and Cotechino, a mouth-watering sausage, originating in the Modena region and spiced with clove and garlic, is the New Year’s good luck tradition. I broke out a favorite recipe of mine, Lentil Salad, and warmed it up to serve with the Cotechino. In keeping with tradition, I’ve sautéed some Tuscan kale with garlic to add to the platter.

And lucky for you, Creminelli has generously offered to send a New Year’s gift of Cotechino directly to one of you so that you can welcome 2012 properly, too. 

Just leave a comment here at this post, and then retweet the post (and send me a note or comment with tweet URL) for a second entry. But hurry, this contest ends soon, on the 29th at Midnight, PST. BTW, this is my very first contest, so please respond generously!

Bon Appetit and Good Luck!



  1. I seriously want that sausage! My New Year’s tradition is fresh ham, traditionally southern black-eyed peas, beer-braised cabbage and jalapeno cornbread, but that sausage could make me change my mind (and menu!).


    December 27, 2011

  2. @ Dorothy- I thought you might like those greens!


    December 27, 2011

  3. I’ve never herd of cotechino but now my taste buds are standing at full attention! Thanks for the info and the recipe!


    December 28, 2011

  4. Beautiful photo, Gisele.
    Congratulations on your giveaway. My son in law adores a good sausage, and I am a big fan of Creminelli meats, so I have to enter your contest . The cotechino sounds scrumptious.

    Michelle Ledesma

    December 29, 2011

  5. I served this at my Christmas Party! I wish you had been there, but I understand and hope things are well. GREG


    January 3, 2012

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