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Italian Christmas Eve -  La Vigilia di Natale
In Italian, Christmas Eve is "La Vigilia," the eve.  Many Italians also refer to it as The Eve of the Seven Fishes.  Traditionally the dinner is meatless and fish dishes dominate. Every region, city, and country town in Italy has ritual foods that are served.  Many people prepare Christmas Eve dinners with a required number of courses that range from 7 to 9.  The number seven represents the seven sacraments and nine for the Trinity multiplied by three.  Over the years the number of courses served by most Italian families has decreased, but fish still remains the main feature of the meal.  If you are serving several courses, choose a well-balanced selection of dishes using a variety of different fish and shellfish  - an appetizer, a soup, a salad, a fried fish, a baked, grilled, or stewed fish, and a pasta dish.  For a simpler meal, prepare just one course and serve with a crusty Italian bread and a mixed green salad.  MORE RECIPES FOR A TRADITIONAL ITALIAN CHRISTMAS
Whipped Baccala
Christmas Eve Appetizers
Calamari Salad
Baccala with Tomatoes and Potatoes
Christmas Eve Soups and Risotto
Whipped Baccala
Baked Stuffed Shrimp
Bagna Cauda
Clams Oregano Dip
Crisp Sardine Twists
Roasted Oysters with Garlic Butter
Christmas Eve Salads
Christmas Eve Main Course
Fried Eel
Fried Baccala
Fried Calamari
Squid Braised with Tomatoes and Greens
Stewed Fresh Cod
Baccala with Tomatoes and Potatoes
Christmas Eve Pasta
Fettuccine with Lobster Cream Sauce
Shrimp in Garlic, Lemon, and Butter Sauce
Lasagna della Vigilia
Grouper with Shrimp and Almonds
Italian Seafood Recipes
A collection of recipes including calamari, scungilli, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, lobster, and more.
Italian Seafood Recipes  >>
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HOLIDAY ENTREES
ITALIAN CHRISTMAS EVE
The Eve of Seven Fishes invites you into the author's Italian kitchen with recipes centered around the special Italian meal prepared on Christmas Eve.  The recipes, stories, and history in The Eve of Seven Fishes will take you back to the days of celebrating a simple but traditional Italian Christmas.
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Christmas Eve Seafood Soup
Zuppa di Pesce
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Seafood Risotto
Risotto with Shrimp and Champagne
Calamari Salad
Seafood Salad (Insalata di Frutti di Mare)
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Baccala Salad
Octopus Salad (Insalata di Polpo)
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Polenta Cakes with Salmon and Caviar
Seafood Salad
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Scungilli Salad
Neapolitan Christmas
Salad  "Insalata di
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Stuffed Calamari
Stuffed Calamari Recipes
Paccheri with Seafood Medley
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Baked Stuffed Mussels
Linguine with
Marechiaro Sauce
Seafood Cannelloni
Salmon Ravioli with White Wine and Butter Sauce
Seafood Lasagna
Roasted chestnuts are a big part of Italian get-togethers throughout the holiday season.  They can be an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes or simply eaten as a snack.
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A best-selling seasonal favorite since 1974, Holiday dinnerware from Lenox sets a festive table for either everyday or special occasion use during the holidays.
The silicone pocket securely grips the oyster to provide a safe, nonslip grip, and the curved knife tip slides easily through shell hinges. Pocket features a slot for knife storage.
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CHRISTMAS BREAD
Panettone - Traditional Italian Christmas Bread from Milan
Panettone, the tall, cylindrical, fruit-filled sweet bread from Milan has become an essential part of the Christmas season.  You can make panettone two months in advance, wrap it tightly in heavy-duty foil and freeze it.

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