Christmas Eve in my Italian family is probably the most important food day of the year. Carrying on the tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes, we enjoy several seafood courses, with some old classics and some new dishes we've added over the years. While we typically have more than seven fish to choose from, each person should make sure they've sampled at least seven.
Course 1 - Appetizers
Smelts tempura (a small fish, sort of the size of a chicken finger)
Fried calamari rings (breaded)
Course 2 - Clam chowder
Course 3 - Pasta
Spaghetti and tomato sauce cooked with a variety of seafood - calamari, eel, baccala (salt-cured cod)
Course 4 - Fish
Baccala salad with olives, carrots and peppers
Smelts baked in tomato sauce
Broiled eel with lemon
Each year, we change something, and I'm looking forward to what next year will bring. What was on your holiday dinner table?