Merry Christmas Eve, Italians! For many Italian-Americans, this is the best day of the year. Some may argue that it’s better than Christmas day itself. Whether you spend the day with five family members or 50 you are guaranteed to eat well today.
The feast of the seven fishes is an Italian-American tradition consists of meatless meals and appetizers that include various types of fish. These dishes are typically served buffet style and are made in various forms. Here are some of our favorite traditional dishes that we always look forward to on Christmas Eve:
- Baked/Raw Clams – squeeze a little lemon and Tabasco and you will be shoving these down your throat two at a time
2. Italian Deviled Eggs– The secret ingredient in these bad boys is Italian tuna. The perfect balance between savory and salty.
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3. Seafood Salad- Typically served this cold lemony dish contains shrimp, mussels, and fresh calamari with a variety of herbs.
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3. Fried Calamari – A classic Italian-American appetizer that is enjoyed by many throughout the year.
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- “Fish Gravy” – This dish is a spin on your classic marinara. Add in calamari and mussels to your sauce/gravy to make this dish perfect for Christmas Eve. Choose a lighter pasta like spaghetti or linguine to really taste those fishy flavors.
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2. Crab Legs – a family favorite and arguably the most traditional component of a Christmas Eve dinner. Keep a nut cracker and a side of butter handy when you dig into these!
3. Fried Smelts – this small fish can be eaten as an appetizer or thrown over a bed of pasta
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