Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a big Christmas tradition for my Italian American family. For us a Christmas without this grand Christmas Eve dish would be like a holiday without a Christmas tree.
So what is the Feast of the Seven Fishes? Christmas Eve started out as a fasting day for observant Catholics in Italy so a large feast consisting of fish dishes reflects the abstinence of red meat until the breaking of the fast on Christmas Day. The dishes can consist of a myriad of fish, from scallops to salmon, to cod and lobster. Each family has their own unique spread of fish, prepared in various ways such as fried, marinated, even barbequed.