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Dec 22, 2010 2:29 PM by David Ortiviz

Let's eat! Popular holiday treats found in Pueblo

They're the foods you crave around Christmas.Sweet or spicy. Tasty and gooey. Here's a look at some of the popular cultural foods we found in Pueblo.

At Gags, or Gagliano's in Bessemer people line up for a taste of Italy. "This is our busiest time of year," said Vince Gagliano. In the kitchen, he's usually busy making stuffed breads--a top seller. "Which has ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella and Pueblo chiles," said Gagliano.

This hearty roll packed with juicy flavors. Or for your sweet tooth they sell pizzelles, cannoli, honey twist ribbons and many more Italian cookies. "We have generations of families that just keep coming back and back," said Gagliano. "It helps that my mom's recipes are pretty good," he added.

Over on Pueblo's Northside, at Burrito's Betty they're making a Mexican food favorite: steamed tamales. "Everyone just comes in and wants to have tamales," said Betty Luna, owner.

It's a corn husk, covered with a layer of masa or cornmeal dough and a scoop of spicy pork. After it's steamed, a lot of people eat it smothered in green chile. "I prefer red chile sauce on it, with beans and rice of course but everyone will have mashed potatoes and turkey and everything else with it, it doesn't matter," said Luna.

Last but not least, in Vineland at Mauro Farms they're busy making a Slovenian specialty: potica. "Sweet bread dough, with a walnut filling. Sometimes you have raisins in them, sometimes they're plain," said Carla Houghton, a family member at Mauro's.

They'll make thousands of loaves over the holidays, with orders shipped all over the country."Even as they moved out of town they still can't go without the potica," said Houghton.

Potica, tamales, stuffed bread are just a few of the popular holiday treats in Pueblo. Feel free to share your favorites! Leave a comment.

Additional information:

Gagliano's Italian Market is located at 1220 Elm St.in Pueblo.

Burrito's Betty is located at 2401 N. Elizabeth St. in Pueblo.

Mauro Farms is located at 936 36th Ln. in Vineland.

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