Cotechino can be found on the market as a fresh product or already cooked.
In the first case it undergoes a drying process in hot air ovens, while in the second case it is pre-cooked in water at a high temperature. The sausage is characterised by a spicy flavour and once cut, has compact slices with a very uniform grain size. Although it is a typical dish of Modenese culinary tradition, along with Zampone it is a food present on most Italian tables, especially during the Christmas holidays.
The classic recipe is to cook it in boiling water for about 2 hours, cut it into thick slices and serve it with lentils, but it also goes well with polenta, mashed potatoes and white beans. If you want to enhance the robust flavours of the pork even more, you can pair it with a sparkling red wine such as Sangiovese di Romagna DOC or Lambrusco DOP.