A RECIPE FOR BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE IN 2023
Cotechino or Zampone with Lentils is the magic recipe!
Where does the tradition come from?
In terms of history, the union of cotechino and lentils under the sign of New Year's Day, has very distant origins.
Although there are several stories inherent to this tradition, general popular culture sees the birth of this recipe in the period of Ancient Rome.
According to historical records collected over time, in fact, the first time lentils were introduced for a dinner, on the night of 31 December, and so the Ancient Romans decided to make it a real tradition.
Lentils were chosen because, at the time, it was a particularly valuable legume, considered as a form of investment for the months to come. Over the decades, there also came the custom of giving bags full of lentils to loved ones, in the hope that they would turn into coins.
The whole 'mystical' contour behind lentils is therefore due to time, which has turned a nice custom into a real tradition.
Cotechino (or zampone), on the other hand, came later, during the Middle Ages. According to historical records, it was the philosopher Pico Della Mirandola who suggested slaughtering the pigs left in the stables and then preserving the meat in their own rinds to make a new spiced dish.
Even today in Italy it is traditional to eat cotechino with lentils on New Year's Eve precisely to hope for good luck in the new year.
It is a very tasty and simple dish to prepare if you use the precooked Cotechino that we supply in the shop, in half an hour (the time it takes to cook the lentils with onion and tomato) it is done and good luck is guaranteed.
Moreover is important to know that lentils are a great source of nutrition and a great addition to any diet. They are high in fiber, a good source of plant-based protein, and are low in fat. Lentils are also rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and folate. They are also a great source of B vitamins and magnesium, which are important for energy production and metabolism. Additionally, lentils are high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and support overall health.