Q: My Puerto Rican mother has been cooking Christmas Eve dinner for my Italian father's family since the '90s. The problem: they only eat pasta or plainly-seasoned meat, which creates some creative roadblocks for my mother. Any ideas for dishes to serve to a large, picky Italian crowd?!
Sent by Dana
Editor: There's a great wide world of Italian foods out there, much of it zesty, spicy, and tantalizing! I'd suggest keeping a good number of familiar family favorites and then playing with one or two side dishes. Maybe even think about combining a traditional Italian dish like porchetta or stuffed pasta with some Puerto Rican flavors? Here are a few more posts to inspire:
Readers, what favorite Italian dishes woud you suggest?
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