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feast of the seven fishes

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Kimberly Biegacki
Canfield, OH

Tradition at it's finest & served up for those who are Catholic and Italian-American; not all, but many love to have a Feast of Fishes for Christmas Eve. Now my Polish/Catholic Grandma would do just "3" fish dishes that included fried smelt, baked halibut fillets and clam chowder. It is varied how many fish/seafood dishes that a family may serve from 3,5,7 or more. However, way back in the day it was an abstinence of meat and milk products which included a 24 hour fast prior to the feast. This was to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is a tradition we continue to improve upon.

★★★★★ 1
serves many
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For feast of the seven fishes

  • smelt, fried
  • cod, fried
  • scallops, fried
  • shrimp, fried
  • calamari, (squid) fried
  • italian tuna salad
  • crab dip

How To Make feast of the seven fishes

  • 1
    I like to buy this tray of fried fish for Christmas Eve at our favorite local Italian restaurant called Vernon's Cafe. Since I'm a "Northern" girl I don't fry too many foods which makes this very convenient. It has smelt, cod, scallops, shrimp and calamari. ---One of the most famous fried fishes is baccala; a salted cod fish but some don't like it and therefore opt for another choice of fish.
  • 2
    TUNA LOVE: 3 of my favorite tuna recipes. that is served w/o the salami for the Feast of the Fishes. Here is another favorite of mine... This is another yummy tuna "love" recip.
  • 3
    SALMON LOVE: Grilled salmon is a favorite of ours & here are a few.
  • 4
    TILAPIA LOVE: Another favorite fish of ours. --this one is steamed cooked in parchment paper; oh so good!!! The other one is a delicious blackened seasoning that you fry up in a pan or grill.
  • 5
    CRABBY LOVE: This recipe is always a hit and super easy to make, The next is a cool & spicy salad, Last but not least in the crabby recipes is by far my favorite that I make is
  • 6
    SHRIMP LOVE: 2 super easy recipes that can be made up quickly. and along with a shrimp salad recipe that is quite unique, 2 OUTSTANDING JUST A PINCH RECIPES THAT I RECENTLY MADE: AND are incredible!
  • 7
    3 AMAZING SAUCES FROM 3 AMAZING COOKS ON JUST A PINCH: I've made this incredible tartar sauce and it is THE BEST I've ever had., I've also made this sweet & sour sauce that would pair well with any dish., I am looking forward to making this sauce very soon. I love a good remoulade.