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Stephanie Says…Buon Natale!

In my family Christmas Eve is a pretty big deal.  It’s the only night where it is just my immediate family and we can celebrate Christmas and enjoy the holiday season.  Our Christmas shopping is done, no more running around, we can finally relax.  Now, from coming from a big Italian family it’s usually customary to do the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  This is my first time hosting Christmas Eve in my new house so I’m not too sure if I will do La Viglia di Natale but in case you want to try it this year here are some ideas and recipes!  The Feast of the Seven Fishes varies from family to family but typically you will find an assortment of seafood like clams, oysters, mussels, shrimp, lobster, etc.

Fish Fillets Italiano

Fish Fillets Italiano:

2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

½ cup black olives

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

½ cup dry white wine

1 pound of cod fillets

  1. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until softened.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, olives, parsley, and wine. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Place fillets in sauce. Simmer for about 5 more minutes or until fish turns white.


minguine with clam sauceLinguine with Clam Sauce

2 cans minced clams with juice

½ cup of butter

½ cup vegetable oil

½ teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon dried parsley

½ tablespoon dried basil

1 package of linguini pasta

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Combine clams with juice, butter, oil, minced garlic, parsley, basil, and pepper in a large saucepan. Place over medium heat until boiling. Serve warm over pasta.


Calamari SaladCalarmari Salad (or how the Italians like to say “Calarmar”)

2 lemons, juiced

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 sprig fresh parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

3 pounds squid, cleaned and sliced into rounds

1 can pitted black olives

4 stalks celery, chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, mix lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Stir in squid, and cook about 3 minutes, or until tender; drain.
  3. Toss squid, olives, and celery with the lemon juice mixture. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator until serving.


Shrimp ScampiShrimp Scampi

1 package linguine pasta

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoons olive oik

2 shallots, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 pinch red pepper flakes

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup dry white wine

½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; cook linguine in boiling water until nearly tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes in the hot butter and oil until shallots are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Season shrimp with kosher salt and black pepper; add to the skillet and cook until pink, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove shrimp from skillet and keep warm.
  3. Pour white wine and lemon juice into skillet and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet, stir 2 tablespoons olive oil into butter mixture, and bring to a simmer. Toss linguine, shrimp, and parsley in the butter mixture until coated; season with salt and black pepper. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil to serve.


If all else fails make a crowd please dish like Scallops wrapped in Bacon.  Everything tastes better when its wrapped in bacon!


scallops wrapped in baconScallops wrapped in Bacon with Spicy Mayo

1 ½ pound large scallops

1.2 pound thin sliced bacon

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup mayo

¼ cup hot chili paste (or you can use your favorite hot sauce)

1 lime, juiced

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Heat the broiler. Wrap each scallop in a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Place the bacon wrapped scallops onto a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, and season them with salt and pepper. Cook them under the broiler for about 10 to 15 minutes until the bacon is cooked through, turning once.
  2. Make the spicy mayo by combining the mayonnaise, chili paste, lime juice, and chopped cilantro. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to use.

For more Christmas Eve ideas don’t hesitate to contact me at: pmpstephaniesays@gmail.com

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2 comments on “Stephanie Says…Buon Natale!

  1. Lisa N.
    December 12, 2014

    Those look delicious!

  2. Catherine Dream
    December 31, 2014

    This tradition sounds amazing! We (traditionally) have 12 dishes, no meat.

    But 7 fish! ; )

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