A holiday that celebrates liberation from fascism may not sound like a source of great food, but in Italy that’s just the case. Every April 25, the country celebrates la Festa della Liberazione, or Liberation Day, to mark the anniversary of the end of the Mussolini regime after World War Two in 1945, as well as commemorating those who risked their lives to fight the fascist leader.
Food festivals to celebrate liberation
As a public holiday in Italy, there are major celebrations all over the country to commemorate, along with rallies and a number of other events. One of the major parts of Liberation Day celebrations in Italy are food festivals, including BioFioricola di Primavera, which celebrates natural foods, as well as Sagra del Cinghiale, a wild boar food fair in Certaldo-Florence. There are a number of more festivals Italians can take part in, with different varieties and food themes for attendees from all throughout the country.
Homemade for the holiday
Because the day is considered “red” in Italy, most things are closed to commemorate the holiday. With many restaurants and stores closed on April 25, it’s a great opportunity for Italian families to break out some traditional recipes and cook up a good meal.
While there aren’t particularly traditional dishes consumed on Liberation Day in Italy like Easter, it’s still a popular day for time spent eating with family. If you’re looking for a few recipes to celebrate the holiday, here are a few great simple Italian dishes for the spring time.
Insalata Primavera (Italian Spring Salad)
This Italian salad is excellent for the springtime in which Liberation Day takes place, with delicious taste and a colorful appearance. With the asparagus and light drizzle of dressing, this salad is perfect for a spring day of celebration.
- 18 asparagus spears, cooked to bright green & firm, chopped in 2-inch pieces
- 1/2 lb. green beans, cooked & halved
- 6 artichoke hearts, cooked & sliced
- 3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded & quartered
- 1 cucumber, peeled & thinly sliced
- 2/3 cup olive oil, extra-virgin
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- Salt and pepper
Place the first five ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and fresh herbs into a small container and shake until fully mixed. Once the salad is tossed, drizzle the dressing over top to satisfaction.
Rosemary Pine Nut Biscotti
These biscotti provide an amazing taste for the spring with rich, buttery pine nuts and olive oil. They would pair perfect with fruits, vegetable dishes and more for a great appetizer or first plate during your celebration of Liberation Day.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup semolina flour
- 2/3 cup pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine flour, semolina flour, pine nuts, rosemary and baking powder, then mix until rosemary is completely distributed. Whisk eggs, sugar, oil and salt until mixed. Stir the ingredients until turned into a soft dough, then turn into a lightly floured surface and into a log shape.
Bake logs for 30 minutes, and then cool on a baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes. Turn oven temperature down to 325 degrees and slice into slices that are ½ inch thick, then put the cut side down onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and bake for 10 more minutes and let cool for another 5 minutes.
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