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Feast of the Seven Fishes


Made it nice around the tree? Check. Wrapped the presents? Check. Put on elastic waistband pants? Check. The only thing left to do this fine Christmas Eve day is to finish preparing our feast of seven fishes. While my family is of Sicilian origin, most of what we prepare would never be found on a table in Palermo or Catania. Our holiday traditions are instead part of a culinary evolution that draws on traditional recipes where possible, and incorporates new ones depending on the availability of ingredients. Tonight we will be dining on jumbo shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, marinated anchovies, calamari salad, and baked trout, just to name a few of the seven fish dishes.

2016-01-07T14:37:30+00:00 December 24th, 2009|Categories: America, Fish, Gastronomic Traditions|2 Comments


  1. Diana Delatorre December 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    This sounds like it was a wonderful meal! Merry Christmas.

  2. chef gerri December 25, 2009 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Katie, I thoroughly enjoy following your blog. I chuckled when I read “shrimp cocktail, crab cakes”…. last night I divorced my siblings for the night (horrors!) in pursuit of a traditional roman fish dinner in a NYC restaurant. My siblings have evolved and the menu sounded a bit too “fishy” to them. Unless you are a dedicated food enthusiast, the traditional foods of christmas eves past are no longer found on Italian American tables including my family’s. Too bad. Here’s to octopus, anchovies, calamari,eel, clams, tuna, branzino, scampi, etc etc Saluti.

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