Feast of 7 Fishes Italian Menu For Christmas Eve With What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine

Friday, December 24, 2010
Amazing how fast the time can fly. It feels like we just started 2010 and here it is gone and a new year to begin. Last year I added a bit of History with Christmas Eve here. So many Fishes are made on the Eve, suggestions  can be mussels, crab, lobster, scallops, rock shrimp, stone crab, shrimp, calamari, eel, snails,  tuna, salmon, walleye, haddock,  smelts, sardines and scungilli the list goes on an on. I put together what my family loves.

 I have made some wonderful fabulous foodie friends this year and am thankful for every one that visits, comments and enjoys reading my blog this is so addicting and the common bond is we all love to eat and cook! The other wonder of cooking online together is the admiration we all have for each other, you can feel the excitement when you have really had a great post in your comments, words and it's just a fabulous gift! Your all a  wonderful supportive group of amazing bloggers. Some of the most rewarding friendships come from the universal bond of cooking together!  I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my readers in appreciation for all the time you have made to come here in 2010, read, comment.  Your support has brought me a great sense of joy to move into the new year with such a wonderful audience of family and foodie friends. I can't thank you all enough for all your lovely awards and thoughtfulness.  I hope I have returned that thankfulness in this heartfelt note.

Here's a blessing to share with  you and all your families, our troops and those less fortunate this holiday season,"May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!  ~

 May you all have a healthy, happy and delicious  New Year! Hoping for best for all of you in 2011. Here's to all of you to have the best blogging year to come ever, I look forward to all your new creations in 2011 with all my continued foodie love coming your way!

Now off to eat these wonderful Italian Style Christmas Eve dinners, watch the movie  Christmas Vacation... and wait for Santa (smile)....

Our  Italian 7 Fish Tradition

Now for my menu this Holiday season with recipes below:

( click on all the black links for the recipes)

Christmas Eve:


                                                       Italian Seafood Fish Chowder Click for recipe

Main Dishes:

                                              Mussels, Shrimp, Calamari Over Linguine Click for recipe

Recipes Click links below:
 Seas Scallops Insalata Caprese
 Shrimp Cocktail
 Fried Shrimp
 Fried Calamari
 Coconut Shrimp
 Baked Haddock With Buttery Lobster and Wine Sauce
 Best Ever Fish Fry Recipes

Basic Recipe for Fish Fry:
With any basic coating you can fry any types of Fish or Shrimp here is one we love its so simple:

1 large plastic bag add below
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup corn starch
seasonings 1/2 teaspoon of each parsley, dill, basil, oregano, salt pepper, cayenne, garlic powder
Shake rinsed off fish wet fish into the bag of seasoned flour, fry in hot oil, drain on paper towels.

Buttery Garlic Lobster Click for recipe

                                                                     Jello Shot Cake Click for recipe

                                                          Assorted Coffees and Drinks Click for recipe

Wishing you all a very Merry,  Healthy Christmas and hoping Santa brings all of you this year the most important thing, the LOVE and Togetherness of your family~   Many Regards to all from Claudia @ What's Cookin' Italian Cuisine

Alfonzo and Catrina Wish you  all a Very Merry Christmas!~


  1. What a feast! Merry Christmas Claudia, may your time with family be the best ever!

  2. LOL Two fat cats I love them...two of mine are also round and thick. ;-))
    Merry Christmas!

  3. I'm coming over! Happy holidays!

  4. Buon Natale (Merry Christmas)!! I wrote the same thing on my recent Christmas post how fast time flies lol. I can't believe it's Christmas already.

  5. WOW!!!!! What a great meal for Christmas Eve and you do it with great style! Love your cats dressed up and wish ours would settle for that. Here's wishing you and yours a great Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year, Claudia!

  6. A true feast! Merry Christmas to you and yours and give a nuzzle to your Chirstmas cats!

  7. A lot of nice looking food. It is only two of us so we just do finger foods, simple but probably highly unhealthy food for our holidays once the big annual party is over.

  8. Ahh! The seven "fish"...what a feast! Everything is so beautiful, and festive. My two kitties wish yours too, a Merry Christmas!

    We are invited tonight to a Sicilian, and a real all American Southern feast, at our dear friends' house.

    Claudia-I am so happy that I met you thru foodbuzz, can't thank you enough for your friendship and support, these last few months!
    Wishing you and your loved ones, a Very Merry Christmas-Buon Natale!

  9. Yeah, you're so right! Time just flies. Another year to come! Wishing you & your family a very Merry Christmas. Hope you're having a marvellous time and enjoy the night.
    May god bless you all.
    Best wishes, Kristy ((hugs))

  10. Merry Christmas to you, too, Claudia! What a lovely feast!!!!

  11. Buon Natale Claudia!! I love your cats!!

  12. Merry Christmas to you and yours Claudia! xoxo

  13. That meal looks like quite the undertaking but well worth it! You cats look too cute all dressed up for christmas! Have a merry christmas!

  14. Claudia, I'm with Belinda - have an extra chair at that table! ;) I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  15. Claudia,
    A wonderful Christmas feast!

    You and your family have a Very Merry Christmas!

    Bon appetit!

  16. everything looks so great

    May you and your loved ones be blessed with the essence of Christmas — Love, peace, joy and hope — all your lives through. Have a most wonderful Christmas

    Merry Christmas

  17. Happiest holidays from my kitchen to yours, Claudia! Each of your seven fishes is a masterpiece, as usual!

  18. Merry Christmas Claudia with Joy and Happiness!! Am I invited to this wonderful menu?



  19. Claudia
    What an incredible feast for Christmas dinner!!
    Buon Natale!

  20. Un menu' ricco e goloso. Buon Natale e felice 2011 a te e a tutta la tua famiglia. Un abbraccio Daniela.

  21. Claudia, everything looks fantastic as always.Buon Natale!!!!

  22. Your incredibly put together holiday feast...good company and such cute kitties...how well surrounded you are Claudia.

    I'll be coming back later to check out some of your great posts later...I just wanted to pass by and wish you great holiday times and all the best in the New Year ;o)

    Buon Natale and flavourful wishes,

  23. haha, very cute cats. enjoy your feast! Merry Christmas!

  24. What a beautiful and traditional Christmas! Love the kitties! Merry Christmas

  25. Wow, what a feast! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Your kitties are so adorable!

  26. hey claudia marry christmas and happy new year to u and your family really nice menu!

  27. wow really great menu merry christmas to u and your family.........

  28. So, officially, the secret reason I wish I was Italian is the Seven Fishes Christmas Eve dinner that all Italians get to enjoy, and all Armenians (namely me) feel bad about, lol. Maybe I should marry an Italian :)

  29. Claudia, I am truly pea green with envy that you have practiced and enjoyed the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes! My family is from the Northern mountains and there may have been a river fish here or there, but nothing else! So when I asked my mother why we never celebrated this feast, she explained the geographic reason and their mountain poverty in Northern Italy. I am sure that it is and was perfectly wonderful! I hope your Christmas was beautiful and that you have a blessed New Year! Amore, Roz

  30. Hi Claudia,

    I love this page! I finally got around to adding my families menu for The Seven Fishes to my site. You can check it here:


    I will be working on nailing down these recipe hopefully this Christmas!

    Peace and Joy! ~ Anthony


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