The Carolina Meat & Fish Co can make your Feast of the Seven Fishes complete with ordering ahead to ensure fresh fish and quantities. Call us at 704-458-1011 (Ballantyne) for your Christmas Eve dinner in Charlotte.
Looking for Feast of the Seven Fishes recipes? Try these from Charlotte Fashion Plate
Young Italian Kids who grew up in New York and New Jersey like so many other Italians, you thought every Italian family celebrated Christmas Eve with the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a tidal wave of seafood dishes each featuring a different fish or shellfish. But as you grew up and met more Italians from other parts of the Old Country, you learn that the Feast is a very Southern Italian tradition. Regional or no, I love the idea of feasting on the ocean’s bounty as a warm up to the heavy roasts of Christmas Day.
Every family has its own menu, but there are a few dishes that almost always appear: Smoked eel was a big one when on Long Island, as was stewed or fried baccala, salt cod. Calamari or octopus was a constant, and crab or lobster was common as well. Some families served huge piles of fried smelt, others pasta with anchovies. West Coast Italians served up cioppino, a seafood stew that can often have seven fishes in one bowl.
Why seven? No one really knows. Some say it is for the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church, others say it symbolizes the church’s Seven Virtues: faith, hope, charity, temperance, prudence, fortitude and justice.
Feast of Seven Fishes Ideas from Simply Recipes
- Baked Stuffed Clams
- Calamari Stewed with Tomatoes
- Salt Cod Stew
- Grilled Branzino with Rosemary Vinaigrette
- Grilled Oysters
- Pasta with Tuna and Capers
- Shrimp Risotto
- Boiled Lobster
- A Feast of the Seven Fishes Menu – from Menu in Progress
- Baccala alla Naples – from Memorie di Angelina
- Crispy Fried Smelts – from Stephen Cooks
- Linguini ai Frutti di Mare – from Bell’Alimento
- Swordfish Baked in Tomato Sauce – from Well Fed
- Sicilian Spaghetti with Anchovies – from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook