Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Although Christmas day is exciting, Christmas Eve is always my family's favorite time. My Mom likes to make a multi-course meal which generally includes prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, and other delicious treats.

Feast of the Seven Fishes by Jason Santa Maria

Last year, my Mom decided to be adventurous for our Christmas Eve meal and suggested trying the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Southern Italian Christmas eve dinner meant to represent the 7 Catholic sacraments. My Mom thought it would be an exciting challenge for us to try something different and a little more complex. Here was our menu:
  1. Bagnacauda a Garlic and Anchovy spread, served with Baguette
  2. Fried Calamari
  3. Baccala Vesuvio a soup made with salted cod and tomatoes.
  4. Salmon Scallop Terrine
  5. Poached Halibut served with a Champagne Butter sauce w Lemon Barley Pilaf
  6. Lobster Salad
  7. Crab w/ Angel Hair Pasta
Our meal was delicious, although I have to admit, we did not do the best job of serving small enough portions to get through all the courses. We had to quit in the middle of the Lobster salad. If we ever do this again, we have to keep in mind the Gourmet portions!

Check out these sites for more info and sample menus:
Mario Batali

I wish you all a wonderfully delicious Christmas!

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