This will be the 27th year I have prepared the Christmas Eve Vigil. My husband experienced this Italian Feast every year of his upbringing – and I was fortunate enough to take part in this time-honored tradition with Cora for about ten years. But when we moved to Kansas in 1990, Cora passed the torch to me. It is a responsibility I do not take lightly – and I am honored to continue the tradition.
My children grew up around the Christmas Eve table laden with a variety of fish dishes and Italian delicacies. Over time, we each have selected our favorites.
My husband adores the Strufoli (Italian Honey Balls). My eldest looks forward to the Gingerbread House tradition. My son is a fan of the Christmas Day prime rib. And my youngest… she craves the Spinach Bread.
The recipe is relatively simple and could easily be served year-round. But there is something about the deep green spinach with specks of red pimentos and swirls of snow-white bread that deem this an ultimate Christmas dish.
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The recipe is also featured in my newest book, Italian Family Christmas, available for purchase on Amazon.