Christmas Eve dinner is a meal we look forward to throughout the entire year. It is something I have grown up eating every Christmas Eve and most definitely will be a tradition I carry on with my own kids as they get older.
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American Christmas celebration/tradition. Today, it’s a feast that typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. However, some Italian-American families have been known to celebrate with nine, eleven or thirteen different seafood dishes (that is us).
This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.
We are one of those families who goes all out. It has turned into an entire event and is a meal I NEVER want to miss being a seafood lover. Jeremy has loved being a part of this tradition since we have been married (he is a seafood lover as well) and we really love to sit for hours eating drinking and catching up as a family.
This year on the menu there was:
Salmon, Cod, Tuna, Tilapia, Swordfish, Catfish and Mahi Mahi. (Fish sticks for Mr. Gavin). All were cooked in different sauces, marinades and spices.
We also had Cocktail Shrimp, Shrimp Scampi, Teriyaki Shrimp, Breaded Grilled Shrimp and Popcorn Shrimp.
Lastly there was Lobster, King Crab Legs and Bacon wrapped Scallops.
Dipping sauces included melted butter, cocktail sauce and Cheesecake Factory’s Togarashi Aioli sauce.
Such a fun and delicious tradition.
I already cannot wait until next year!