A modern take on the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Feast of Seven Fishes is a Christmas Eve tradition in Southern Italy; what was once considered a meat-free fast has evolved into a lavish dinner of at least seven different kinds of seafood–often more.
This menu is more doable for one cook than many traditional menus, but still plenty festive. It starts with two fried seafood hors d’oeuvres: salt-cod fritters and calamari rings. Next, it moves onto a mixed shellfish dish with crusty bread to mop up the delicious garlicky sauce. For the main course, red snapper in a spicy puttanesca sauce is paired with sautéed broccoli raab and a simple spaghetti with pecorino and garlic. A rich cannoli-inspired cheesecake, flecked with orange zest and chocolate chips, finishes the meal.