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Old 10-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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Feast of the Seven Fishes

This is a question that won't be relevant for most for another two months minimally, but I'm asking now because I will need to find recipes and try them prior to December.

I have always been intrigued by the concept behind "The Feast of Seven Fishes" served on Christmas eve. (Or perhaps I simply love the name.) I'd love to hear what is typically served at this feast, to gain some tried and true recipes, and to have some basic ideas in general.

I've always loved customs from other cultures and the foods associated with them. Ideas, experiences, recipes, anyone? Menus even! I really would like to put this together this year!

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Old 10-09-2011, 02:51 PM   #2
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Interesting. Here's a link if anyone else is in my boat and never heard of this.
Feast of the Seven Fishes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for adding the link for clarity, Pacanis! I'm embarrassed that I did not think to do it.

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Cool, thanks Pac!
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I have seen several shows on it. I would love to try some of the dishes.
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It sounds like another great way to eat fish.
I remember eating fish on Christmas Eve as a kid, but I know we didn't do the seven fish thing.
Of course, a good clambake has four or five of those fish covered Or Ciopinno.
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It sounds like another great way to eat fish.
I remember eating fish on Christmas Eve as a kid, but I know we didn't do the seven fish thing.
Of course, a good clambake has four or five of those fish covered Or Ciopinno.
I'd be happy with 7 bits of salmon...
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:23 PM   #8
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Not that long ago, I had to research and write an article on this southern Italian tradition. One of the dishes can be pasta con le sarde, popular on the island of Sardinia, using namesake sardines. Cook it in olive oil with thinly sliced fennel root and toasted pine nuts, maybe in a spicy marinara like arrabbiata. I think the pasta for this dish is one of personal preference. The feast is one of nightly vigil and anticipation toward Christmas Day.
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It sounds like another great way to eat fish.
I remember eating fish on Christmas Eve as a kid, but I know we didn't do the seven fish thing.
Of course, a good clambake has four or five of those fish covered Or Ciopinno.
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I'd be happy with 7 bits of salmon...
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Not that long ago, I had to research and write an article on this southern Italian tradition. One of the dishes can be pasta con le sarde, popular on the island of Sardinia, using namesake sardines. Cook it in olive oil with thinly sliced fennel root and toasted pine nuts, maybe in a spicy marinara like arrabbiata. I think the pasta for this dish is one of personal preference. The feast is one of nightly vigil and anticipation toward Christmas Day.
Hmm! It sounds pretty tasty. I've never had fennel root. Do you just slice it up or is there more to it?
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:49 PM   #10
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Fried smelts are wonderful!
Dried cod is traditional and prepared in many ways.
Lobster Fra Diavolo
Shrimp
Snails
Calamari fried or stuffed
Clams casino or in sauce
All sorts of good things.
Then some sausage and meatballs after midnight!
We do this as a potluck, it is quite a bit of work and expense for one person.
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