Mix up the standard holiday meal with Italian twists on classic traditions

Holiday burnout? Wow your family with these holiday-themed appetizers that will light up any dinner table with Italian flare.

Ahh, the holidays. A joyous time to gather with friends and family… Ummm. Let’s start again, we all know that the holiday season can actually be quite stressful.

There’s so much to do and not enough time to do it all and is something burning? This particular season is going to feel especially tricky to navigate because it’s going to be so different than previous years. But, if change is something we are going to embrace, might as well start in the kitchen.

Exceed all expectations by serving something totally unexpected. Do it like the Italians and their zest for celebrating the little things in life with Prosciutto di San Daniele, Grana Padano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma.

For years, these Icons of European Taste have been bringing the flavours of Italy to Canadians. They're an incomparably delicious, natural addition to any holiday table and aren’t mass-produced or heavily processed like so many things these days. Plus, if you can’t get to Italy for the holidays, bringing a taste of it to your dining room table is basically just as good.

Each of these products has the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) seal, the European Union’s guarantee of quality and authenticity, so you know they’ve arrived from a specific region in Italy and are created using traditional techniques that have set the standard of culinary excellence for generations – a.k.a. Nonna approved.

Check out these specially created holiday recipes and menu ideas to help you design your very own signature, great-tasting appetizers for that bite-sized holiday bliss.

Prosciutto di San Daniele, produced in the San Daniele del Friuli region near north of Venice, is all-natural and dry cured for at least 13 months to deliver a delicious and authentic taste.

Prosciutto di Parma, produced in Italy’s Parma region, is also 100 per cent all-natural goodness. Made using only four quality ingredients (pork, sea salt, air and time), Prosciutto di Parma is completely free of preservatives, additives and hormones.

Grana Padano cheese is produced in the Pianura Padana (Po River Valley) in Northern Italy and is lactose-free so it can be enjoyed by anyone with a lactose dietary restriction, making you the holiday hero we all need right now.

For the full recipes to make these delicious fall themed appetizers and to learn more about these icons of European taste visit,

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