Mixing With Tradition: Holiday Food Ideas
Every family has their own special holiday traditions. One that has a long history is the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes. This is a meal traditionally held on Christmas Eve within Italian families. The meal consists of seven fish dishes – seven being the most repeated number in the Bible.
Here are some suggestions for taking the Italian Seven Fishes meal and transforming it into your own.
1. Shrimp Cocktail
Grab some fresh shrimp from the market or buy a frozen bag, shrimp cocktail is a great appetizer for any meal. Boil or steam the shrimp. Combine cocktail sauce ingredients and serve chilled.
1 lb cooked peeled and deveined shrimp
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon horseradish
2 teaspoons lime juice
Lime wedges for garnish
2. Bacon wrapped scallops
These can also be frozen or fresh – wrap an uncooked bacon strip around each uncooked scallops and broil on a non-stick cooking sheet. Serve as an appetizer or entre.
Squid rings, cleaned and cooked
¾ cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup bread crumbs
Oil for frying
Marinate squid rings in salt and pepper, Dredge the marinated rings in flour, followed by eggs, and then bread crumbs. Fry squid in a large skillet with a generous amount of olive oil.
4. Lobster can get expensive and it is not always easy to get in late December, so why not order take out…sushi take out! A lobster roll at Christmas Eve dinner can really mix things up!
6. Crab Cakes: Get Former Miss D.C. Jen Corey’s recipe here
7. Tex Mex Fish Tacos from TLC.com can be a fun family activity as well as a good way to mix up Christmas Eve dinner. There are many steps in making a mean fish taco—from grilling or frying the fish to preparing the salsa–everyone can have a role in making the dish. What’s a better way to spend family time than preparing a meal together?
Shake up your family’s Christmas Eve routine this year and try out this time-honored tradition!