Twelve Days of Christmas: Christmas Eve Dinner

You can always tell who grew up in an Italian-American family. They’re the ones at the fish counter on Christmas Eve. Here’s what my family has each year. Follow it up with a nice slice of ricotta cheesecake, if you have the room. If not, sip on some limoncello.

Stuffed Shrimp

Stuffed, capped, same difference

Stuffed, capped, same difference

Caesar Salad

Hey, who ate the croutons?

Hey, who ate the croutons?

Linguine and Clams

Wait someone forgot the Romano

Open sesame

Stuffed Squid

Every time I eat squid I remeber the scene from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Take that monster.

Every time I eat squid I remember the scene from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Take that monster.

Here’s the recipe for stuffed squid. A how to for cleaning them may be coming. Use squid that are about 5-6 inches long for this.

Stuffed Squid

  • 20 squid cleaned with tentacles separated
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt/pepper

Mix all ingredients together to form a moist stuffing about the consistency of cookie dough. Add a little white wine if necessary. Fill each squid loosely about 3/4 full and close top with a toothpick. Repeat until all squid are done. Saute squid uncovered in a large pan in olive oil until seared, about 5 minutes then add to marinara sauce along with tentacles and cook for 20-30 minutes.

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24 Responses to Twelve Days of Christmas: Christmas Eve Dinner

  1. Oh my goodness – Linguine con Congolese – had those only yesterday, perfectly cooked and most delicious. Buon Natale e alla tua familia. Ciao, Carina

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Yummy looking meal for Christmas eve. Although your stuffed squid looks like it’s very tasty, I had a bad experience with a bag of ‘supposedly’ cleaned and frozen squid bodies on thawing and still can’t get over the squick so I’ll stick to breaded rings, tentacles and diced pieces of body like in my calamari fra diavolo . :)

    http://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/88671.html

  3. Mad Dog says:

    Delicious – Merry Christmas :-)

  4. Love the look of that squid – fantastic. Merry Christmas:)

  5. Didn’t think anyone under 50 had seen 20,00 Leagues… ;)
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Isn’t squid just the most interesting thing to come from the sea…ever? They are beautiful and other worldly and so yummy to eat. Rarely do we see a squid on a blogger’s page…so your recipe and photos made me very happy on this Christmas Eve morning. Happy Holidays.

  7. Buon Natale, it all looks delicious. Linguine with clam sauce for us tonight.

  8. Carol Murphy says:

    I used to wait all year in anticipation of your Uncle Charlies feast of the 7 fishes. I wonder if he would share his lobster stuffed monk fish recipe with us someday. Your clams look divine! Ill have a sip of Italian wine tonight and think of you and yours. Merry Christmas.

  9. Karen says:

    You are so right about who is at the fish counter shopping for Christmas eve. Enjoy you delicious sounding meal. Buon Natale!

  10. egg me on says:

    My Italian-American family also eats fish on Christmas Eve. But because we’re Polish-American, we also eat pierogies. It’s very worldly, and tasty. Anyway, looks like a great dinner! Merry Christmas, Greg & Katherine!

  11. The linguine & clams…awesome. Merry Christmas, Greg and Katherine! My mother just told me it’s cold in Arkansas right now.

  12. petit4chocolatier says:

    Everything looks devine!! Definitely shrimp and lasagne tonight! Love the squid and I haven’t eaten any since my grandmother would prepare it. Looks glorious :)

    Merry Christmas Katherine and Greg!

  13. What a gift you’ve given today! The squid looks heavenly as does everything else. Merry Christmas too you!

  14. ChgoJohn says:

    Everything looks good and I bet tastes even better. Wishing you both a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year.

  15. That shrimp looks awesome!!

  16. Sounds perfect! I’m not Italian, maybe is just my name that’s making this dinner to look delicious ;)
    Merry Christmas!

  17. I have always loved the siete mares idea…one day….Merry Christmas!!!

  18. Kristy says:

    We always do a seafood, veggie and pasta for Christmas Eve. I’m going to have to remember the stuffed squid. That sounds delicious! You know the kids would totally eat that right up. :)

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