As most of you know (and if you don't that makes me sad) I'm a full blooded, hot headed (my husband would say that haha) stubborn as anything (my dad would definitely say that) sweet as can be (my nonna would say that) Italian, and the Holidays are what I look forward to all year long. This has become somewhat of a problem considering I want to start decorating for Christmas on the 1st of September but what can I say, I love everything about this magical time of year. I love wearing cute comfy clothes, making the house smell and look all cozy and bright with lights everywhere, and most of all (wait for it) the awesome food!! Something we, as Italians are very passionate about and yes I speak for all Italians, is our feast of the fishes that we prepare on Christmas Eve. Some dishes might be different year after year but there are some dishes that are always on the table and it simply would't be Christmas Eve without them. If you haven't checked any of them out yet from last year or the year before, (in my head i'm screaming, whyyyyyy!?!?!) here are some of my all time favorites!
First up is my octopus salad, and I know that most people are probably sticking their tongue out and saying "I am so not making that!" but trust me when I tell you that this is one of the most delicious, non fishy seafood dishes in the world and Christmas Eve just wouldn't be the same without a big bowl of it on the table.
Next we have mussels in spicy broth, delicate mussels soaked in the most flavorful, spicy broth that's perfect for dunking in ridiculously large chunks of crispy Italian bread, oh I must stop typing now and go get myself something to wipe the drool off my chin. But seriously guys, this is truly good, more than good, it's out of this world good (that means really really really, really times 1000 times good) a total must!
And the last one I will leave you with today is my grilled seafood salad. What a beaut of a salad this is, tender juicy pieces of grilled shrimp, calamari and scallops tossed in a simple lemon vinaigrette and served on peppery arugula, so simple but absolutely divine! I make this salad very often all year long, in fact, I make all these recipes all year long and why would't I, I don't have to wait another year to make something as delicious as this but they are an absolute must on my Christmas Eve table, along with some other dishes of course. Stay tuned to see what I have coming up for this Holiday season, I think you're going to love all the recipes I'll be sharing with all of you. And as always, Happy Cooking!
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