Feast of Seven Fishes – A Sicilian Christmas Eve Tradition

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Sicilians traditionally celebrate Christmas Eve with a “Feast of Seven Fishes” which was historically served after a 24 hour fasting period. Although pre-Christmas fasting is not a popular custom still practiced by  Italian-Americans, many still enjoy a meatless Christmas Eve feast. Here are some ideas for how you can put together a wonderful seafood based table for your family to enjoy:

Seafood Main Courses

Cioppino: A Fine Kettle of Fish (Rach’s Christmas Eve Fave)

White Cioppino

Swordfish Cutlets with Raw Sauce

Grandpa’s Garlic Shrimp

Monkfish and Gremolata

Salmon En Croute

Baked Stuffed Fish

Italian Fish and Chips

Big Mussels with Garlic and Vermouth

Sea Bass with Herb Butter and Frisee Salad

Oven-Roasted Cioppino

Seafood with Pasta Dishes

Scampi Verde

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Gemelli with Tuna and Cherry Tomaotes

Pasta Puttanesca

Mario Batali gave us this Sicilian Calamari recipe that can be prepared in no time!

Seasonal Vegetable Side Dishes

Zucchini with Mint and Parsley


Quick Braised Kale

Grilled Stuffed Portobellos

Grilled Radicchio Salad

Orange and Oregano Salad

Green Beans with Onions

Sundried Tomatoes and Potatoes

Baby Spinach and Chick Pea Salad

Broccoli with Garlic and Asiago


Amaretti Ice Cream Balls

Individual Italian Meringue Trifle

My Sweet Italian Angel

Quick Italian Rum Cake Cups

Cassata Cake



and finally…

The Last Course Sampler

Decorate your table with Italian braided breads, oranges and other citrus fruits for a traditional Sicilian table.

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