Feast of the Seven Fishes

Sicilians and Italians traditionally celebrate Christmas Eve with a “Feast of Seven Fishes,” a meatless meal that includes dishes of fish and other seafood. It is one of the treasured memories of my youth that I have preserved to this day.

This grand meal was historically served after a 24 hour fasting period reflecting the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. The number of courses has religious significance associated with the seven holy Catholic sacraments.

However, in true Italian style, the meal can include any number of seafood dishes and today the main point of the meal is to gather family and friends to celebrate together while enjoying delicious food and drink.

With that in mind, the Feast this year will be served on Friday, December 25 in Tokyo (December 24, Christmas Eve in America) and the menu reflects a fusion of some of my favorite traditional Sicilian dishes in Wafu or Japanese-style.

Merry Christmas to all. Buon appetito!

Antipasto (Seafood, Cheese & Vegetable Selections)

Aglio e Olio
Sicilian-Style Tuna Carpaccio
Linguine with Clam Sauce
Fried Oysters
Steamed Mussels with Garlic Butter Sauce
Capellini with Squid Ink
Shrimp with Diablo Sauce
Risotto with Scallops & Mushrooms
Roasted Maple/Miso Salmon with Green Beans
Vino Bianco

Digestivo –– Limoncello

–– Christmas Cake
Espresso or Caffè e Latte
After serving the antipasto (upper left), missing the tuna carpaccio. I was exhausted but enjoyed the drink, food and company! Merry Christmas.
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2 thoughts on “Feast of the Seven Fishes

  1. Buon Natale, Paulito! Yumi showed me a pic of you and your fish dishes that Keiko san had sent, my goodness you are in your element and everything looked wonderful! Hope you and your beloved had a joyful Christmas!

    • Thank you for your generous comments. I enjoy cooking and it would not be Christmas without this meal. Added Keiko’s photo to my blog post. Best wishes for the holiday season!

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