7 Celebratory Dishes for the Feast of the Seven Fishes
This year for my family’s Christmas Eve meal, I’ve decided to serve a Feast of the Seven Fishes. This traditional Italian-American celebration was initially a catholic fast of meat consumption. Today, it’s simply an excuse to eat a luxurious meal that features seven different fish preparations on Christmas Eve. Every type of fish–baccala, clams, shrimp, octopus, smelt, anchovies, cod, scallops, etc.—are invited to the table. Since it is a holiday, be creative and go big when you’re planning the menu. If you’ve always wanted to try frying calamari or shucking oysters, now is your chance! To inspire you to experiment with festive seafood dishes this Christmas Eve, I’m sharing seven recipes that I’m contemplating serving on my menu. Here are some fantastic fish courses for you to consider.
In this recipe for linguine with red clam sauce, the clams are cooked in a hearty and quick homemade tomato sauce. To give it a more rich clam flavor, add a can of chopped clams and their juices to the sauce before adding the shells. If you have time, channel your inner Italian grandmother and make fresh pasta!
Shop tools to make pasta and serve shellfish below.
Have you ever enjoyed a feast of the seven fishes? What was on your menu?