By Trucchi's on November 27, 2013
La Vigilia, also known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes, is Christmas Eve in Italy. This originally was considered to be a day of fasting, where hours of avoiding meat and dairy gave way to a lighter dinner, that often incorporated fish. Over the years, this meal transformed into a multi-course celebration, particularly in southern Italy where seafood was very rich. This tradition was embraced by Italian-Americans, many of whom are from southern Italian decent. They parade dish after dish in memory of the seven sacraments of the Catholic church. Join us this year in reliving this tradition. We have outlined a recipe guide for you to follow throughout your La Vigilia celebration!
Start with bringing out the appetizer portion which will consist of the first three fishes, Papa’s Stuffed Quahogs, Fish Cakes, and Smelts. Papa’s Quahog’s are always a crowd favorite so you might want to make a double batch! If you aren’t a quahogger, and don’t have excess shells laying around your house, just ask the seafood counter if they happen to have any extra or use the seafood shells you just purchased.
Your first plates will be the Lobster Fra Diavolo and Lemon Tuna and Olive Oil Pasta. These two dishes are pasta dishes, which are customarily served before the main dish on most Italian tables. The Lobster Fra Diavolo gives your take buds a run for their money. The added kick may even knock some socks off! You may adjust the spices to the liking of your guests to ensure that everyone can enjoy this recipe.
Your third course which will be your final before coffee and dessert incorporates a cool down for your tongue with Baked Stuffed Shrimp and Baccala alla Vesuviana (Cod with tomato and capers). This cod dish may be like one you have never tastes before. It is a customary dish at Italian holidays, usually served at room temperature but can be served hot if you prefer.
Finish your delicious meal off with a tasty Cannoli. You can grab them already made in our Bakery department, or make them yourself!
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