**picture from http://feastofthesevenfishes.com/
So, this Christmas we decided to take the lead and cook for all 11 people at my parent’s house this year. Are we crazy? Making a mistake? Time will tell, folks! We’ll let you know how it went on the 26th! We are even bucking tradition by not cooking my mother’s “famous” Christmas Eve dinner of Shrimp and Scallops Scampi. Instead, we’ve (crazily?) decided to do a four-course fish-only meal. I’m hoping we’re not in over our head – what do you think? Here’s the menu:
Course 1: Calamari Salad with capers and cannellini beans marinated in lemon, olive oil and garlic spooned over endive
Course 2: Fritto Misto di Mare with Garlic Lemon Aioli
Course 3: Homemade Linguini Fra’diavolo with Crab and Prawns
With Course 3: Side Dish of Garlicy Broccoli Rape w/ Peperoncino
Course 4: Homemade Lobster Ravioli with Wilted Leek Butter Sauce
With Course 4: Side Dish of Arugula Salad with Pinenuts, Parmigiano Crisps, tossed with Olive Oil and 50 year-old Balsamic Vinegar from Modena
To represent my English husband, we’ll be introducing the American family to English Christmas Crackers. Should be explosively fun (sarcasm, kids).
Do you have any Holiday Food Traditions that you either make every year or you’re going to try to start this year? I’d love to hear about them! And have a Happy Holiday season!
UPDATE: Please check out a few of our recipes and pics from our Christmas meal:
- “Gingerbling” Festive Christmas Drink (Alcoholic)
- Fettuccine Fra’diavolo with Crab and Shrimp
- Fritto Misto di Mare
- Chestnut Custard Tart