Merry Christmas, everyone! For Christmas Eve dinner in my family, we celebrate with a Feast of Seven Fishes, as the Italians of Southern Italy. This year, we had squid, crab, lobster, scallops, shrimp, mussels, and clams. We steam the clams and mussels, and use the crab, lobster, and squid to make a sauce. Then, we deep fried the scallops and the shrimp (as well as having shrimp cocktail and lemon and garlic shrimp.) We served it all up with lemon broccoli and a big salad – and rolls, too!
These are the shrimp, ready to be battered and deep fried!
Here are the shrimp and the scallops, ready to go into the deep fryer!
Here are the delicious scallops!
We use peanut oil to make these suckers – it’s more expense, but worth the splurge for Christmas Eve!
Nikki, attempting to steal a shrimp…
And, the final product!
Here are the mussels and clams – steamed. Tip on steaming clams/mussels/shellfish – any that are open when you start, toss – these are dead. Any that don’t open whilst steaming, or those with broken shells, toss – these could be bad too!
Here is the seafood sauce with our pasta!
And here is the squid – my favorite part!
Do you have a Christmas or Christmas Eve meal that’s traditional to your family? Tell us what makes this holiday special to you!