Christmas Eve

Seven Fishes Soup

December 19, 2017

You know of Christmas Eve’s Feast of the Seven Fishes, so why not feast on all seven at once? This tomato-based soup has a little something for everybody.

Spicy Crab Linguine

December 24, 2014

For many families Christmas Eve is about the Feast of the Seven Fishes before heading out to Midnight Mass. Here is an easy crab pasta recipe that will fit in nicely into your Christmas Eve dinner. 

Tagliatelle With Seafood

December 21, 2013

Tagliatelle With Seafood

Tagliatelle With Seafood

Growing up my family never ate meat on Christmas Eve.  We always had oyster stew, which, I have to admit; I didn’t appreciate until I got older. My husband is Italian and we are both Catholic so we continue the no meat Christmas Eve tradition before heading off to midnight mass. As you may remember I just returned from my culinary travels to Europe where I was able to make pasta with an amazing Roman chef.  I thought that this year I might make Tagliatelle With Seafood for our Christmas Eve dinner.  It’s really wonderful and is a somewhat lighter dish then what you’ll probably be eating on Christmas Day. This could also be one of your “Feast of the Seven Dishes” dishes if you are of Italian decent.

INGREDIENTS

12 Ounces Mussels In The Shell

12 Ounces Clams

12 Ounces Cleaned Squid

12 Ounces Cuttlefish

12 Ounces Shrimp Tails

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

4 Cloves Finely Chopped Garlic

3 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley

1/2 Cup Dry White Wine

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

1 Pound Tagliatelle

Soak the mussels and clams in a large bowl of cold water for 1 hour changing the water often. Chop the squid and cuttlefish bodies into rounds and the tentacles into short pieces.  Do not peel the shrimp tails. Pour 3 tablespoons of the olive oil into a large sauté pan. Add the mussels and clams and cook over a medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until they have all opened up.  Heat the remaining oil in a large sauté pan over a medium heat.  Add the garlic and parsley and sauté for 3 minutes until the garlic is pale gold.  Add the squid and cuttlefish.  Add kosher salt and pepper.  Cook for 1 minute and then add the wine.  Simmer over a low heat for 45 minutes until squid and cuttlefish are tender.  Add shrimp tails, clams, and mussels and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes until seafood is cooked.  If you prefer take out the mussels and clams from their shells, leaving just a few in the shell to make the finished dish look more attractive.  Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente.  Drain and add to the pan with the seafood sauce.  Toss well and transfer to a serving bowl.  Serve hot.  Serves 4

Calamari Pasta

December 24, 2012

Calamari Pasta

Tonight is the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes which is Christmas Eve Italian Style.  Serving seven types of seafood is customary, but serving just a few seafood dishes will make a delicious “meatless” evening.

INGREDIENTS

1 Pound Penne Pasta

6 Tablespoons Olive Oil

9 Minced Garlic Cloves

1 1/2 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes

6 Diced Plum Tomatoes

2 Pounds Calamari (Squid)

Juice of One Lemon

1 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

Clean and slice the calamari tentacles and tubes into rings.  Set aside.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook until just tender.  Drain the pasta.  Do not rinse the pasta.  In a large size skillet heat the olive oil over a medium high heat.  Add the minced garlic, diced tomatoes, salt , pepper and pepper flakes.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Add the calamari and cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in the lemon juice and cook for another 4 minutes.  Add the parsley.  Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss until heated through.  Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.  Serves 8

Littleneck Clams With Pancetta

December 18, 2012

Littleneck Clams With Pancetta

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a December 24th Italian tradition that is about serving an abundant amount of seafood.  Serving 7 types of seafood is the custom which is hard to resist if you have a delicious recipe as this one. 

INGREDIENTS

4 Slices Day Old Country Bread

3 Ounces Diced Pancetta

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

4 Chopped Garlic Cloves

1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Oregano

26 Littleneck Clams

Reserved Clam Juice

Lemon Wedges

Preheat your oven to 475º F.   Place large pieces of torn bread into a food processor or blender.  Pulse until you have fine crumbs and then set aside.  Place a large skillet over a medium heat.  Add the diced pancetta and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Cook for 5 minutes until lightly browned.  Stir frequently.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.  Stir in the bread crumbs, oregano and ¼ cup of the reserved clam juice.  Remove from the heat.  On a large baking sheet place each shucked and on the half shell clam.  Top each clam with the bread crumb mixture and press down lightly.  Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and place in the oven for 12 minutes.  You will want the clams to be browned and crisped on top.  Serve with the lemon wedges.  Serve 4

 

Horseradish Cheddar Cheese Ball

December 16, 2012

Horseradish Cheddar Cheese Ball

Along with serving your traditional cheese platter think about adding a Horseradish Cheddar Cheese Ball.  It is unique, but not overpowering.  It’s easy to make, but will look like you spent all day crafting it.  This cheese ball is great for holiday parties as well as a pre-dinner appetizer.  Serve with any type of crusty bread, vegetables or crackers that you prefer. If you are vegetarian then leave out the bacon crumbles.

 

INGREDIENTS

8 Ounces Softened Cream Cheese

3/4 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

3 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Onion

1 Tablespoon Prepared Horseradish

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley

1 1/2 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

3 Cooked Bacon Slices – Crumbled

1/3 Cup Chopped Toasted Walnuts

 

In a large size bowl mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, horseradish, crumbled bacon, parsley, Worcestershire, kosher salt and pepper.  Form the cheese mixture into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.  Chill in the fridge overnight.  Place the chopped walnuts into a medium size bowl.  Remove the cheese ball from the fridge, remove the plastic wrap and roll the cheese ball in the walnuts so that it is coated evenly.  Serves 10

Steamed Mussels With Indian Spices

December 15, 2012

Steamed Mussels With Indian Spices

Are you thinking about what to serve for Christmas Eve dinner?  It’s traditional to eat some kind of seafood dish.  I grew up eating oyster stew for Christmas Eve dinner and only appreciated it years later.  If you are a fan of mussels here is a nice dish to serve your friends and family.  Did I mention that it is ridiculously easy to make?

INGREDIENTS

2 Chopped Onions

4 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Ginger

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 1/2 Teaspoons Curry Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

30 Ounces Diced Tomatoes With Juice

1 Cup Water

1 Teaspoon Garam Masala

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

2 Cups Frozen Baby Peas

1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro

3 Pounds Mussels

This is a quick one pot dish so make sure that you have all of your ingredients out.  You can buy garam masala at most supermarkets or find the Indian spice mix online.  Rinse and debeard the mussels. Set aside.  Chop the onions and fresh ginger.  In a large heavy pot add the olive oil and heat over a medium high heat.  Add the onions and cook for 4 minutes.  Add the ginger, curry powder and red pepper flakes and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes with their juice and the water.  Give a good stir.  Add the garam masala, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.  Add the mussels and the baby peas to the pot.  Cover the pot and cook for 8 minutes.  Remove from the heat and transfer to a large serving bowl.  Throw away any of the mussels that didn’t open.  Garnish the mussel dish with the chopped cilantro and serve immediately.  Serves 4

Stuffed Baked Salmon

December 10, 2012

Stuffed Baked Salmon

Salmon is such a wonderful fish that it’s nice to cook as often as you can.  The addition of soy sauce and fresh ginger work very well with this salmon recipe.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 Whole 5 Pound Salmon

3/4 Cup Soy Sauce

20 Crushed Saltine Crackers

1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

1/2 Cup Butter

10 Chopped Green Onions

2 Chopped Shallots

1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley

1 Teaspoon Tarragon

3 Lemons

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

4 Large Celery Stalks

4 Large Carrots

1 Sliced Onion

2 Slivered Pieces Fresh Ginger

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Dry White Wine

 

Preheat your oven to 450º F.  Wash and dry the salmon.  Generously cover the salmon with the soy sauce inside and out.  In a medium size bowl combine the crushed crackers and bread crumbs.  Set aside.  In a medium size sauté pan melt the butter and sauté the green onions, shallots, garlic, parsley and tarragon for 7 minutes.  Remove from the heat and add to the cracker mixture and combine well.  Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemons into the cracker mixture.  Add the salt and pepper as well.  Don’t throw away the squeezed lemon halves.  Place the whole celery stalks and carrots on the bottom of the baking pan.  Place the onion slices on the bottom as well.  Put the salmon on top of the carrots, celery and onion slices.  Stuff the salmon with the cracker mixture.  Put the ginger slivers inside of the salmon as well as on top and scattered around.  Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the salmon and place the used lemon halves around the salmon.  Pour the white wine into the bottom of the pan and place in the oven for 45 minutes.  If you need to add more white wine half way through baking then go ahead and add more.  You will want the salmon to be golden brown.  Serves 4

Creamy Potato Soup

March 4, 2012

Creamy Potato Soup

This is a rich and creamy soup that everyone will love.

INGREDIENTS

1/8 Cup Butter

2 Thinly sliced Leaks

1 Sliced Yellow Onion

1 Minced Garlic Clove

1 1/2 Quarts Chicken Stock

4 Large Sliced Yellow Potatoes

2 Tablespoons Thyne

1/2 Cup Heavy Cream

1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

1/2 Cup Cooked & Diced Bacon (Optional)

1/8 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

In a large size soup pot add the butter, garlic, leaks and onions. Cook over a medium heat for 3 minutes.

Add the chicken stock, potatoes, salt, pepper and thyme. Cook for 50 minutes over a medium heat. Stir

frequently. Add the cream and bring to a boil. Remove and serve topped with grated cheese and diced

bacon (optional). Serves 4

Ginger Shrimp

December 28, 2011

Ginger Shrimp

INGREDIENTS

24 Shrimp With Shells On

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

4 Cloves Chopped Garlic

4 Tablespoons Julienned Fresh Ginger

1 Tablespoon Sugar

¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

¼ Cup Soy Sauce

¼ Cup Brandy

Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over a high heat. Add the shrimp quickly and stir fry. When done remove the shrimp from the oil and set aside. Add the chopped garlic and julienned fresh ginger to the hot oil. Also add the sugar and salt to the wok. Add the shrimp back to the mixture and continue to stir fry. Season with the soy sauce. Add the brandy to flambé. Be very careful as the pan must be very hot in order for it to ignite and you are about to have a large flame coming out of your wok. Do not attempt to do this near any flammable materials or too close to your guests. Once the alcohol has cooked off the dish is ready to serve. You can serve this dish over rice, noodles or its own. Serves 2

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