One 4-lb. capon
1/2 cup cream
Two tbs. butter
20 walnuts, chopped
Four tbs. grated Parmigiano
Three egg yolks
Four tbs. cream
One celery stalk
Four slices of white bread, crustless
How to make the Cappone con le noci:
This is a specialty from Lombardy, prepared over the Christmas season. The broth is excellent and can be used to cook small ravioli to serve as a first course.
Clean and bone the capon and leave it in its natural shape. Soak the bread in the cream. Soften the butter and mix with walnuts, Parmigiano, egg yolks, and bread. Beat the mixture well with a wooden spoon until it is soft and thick, adding more bread or cream if necessary. Add salt, pepper and add a pinch of grated nutmeg. Fill the capon with the stuffing. Sew and tie the bird closed.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil (the pot should be large enough to hold the bird), add celery and carrot, lower the heat and cook the stuffed capon in this broth over low heat for 1 1/2-2 hours, adding salt halfway through. Serve the capon carved with some of the stuffing.
This dish may be accompanied by preserved spiced fruit (mostarda di frutta).