For our New Year’s Eve dinner last night, we made the traditional Italian Seven Fishes (well not so traditional as really it’s meant to be served Christmas Eve but we make it for one or the other each year). It’s a great dish to involve all cooks and guests in your house.
I’m half Italian and like the history–Italian Christians typically do not eat meat on Christmas Eve, and Seven Fishes is a tribute to the Seven Sacraments in Roman Catholicism. You can get very creative with how you serve your seven fishes. In previous years, I’ve made a big bouilliabaise with all seven, or poached a few fish and made sides or starters out of others. This year, we grazed from a table of of appetizers: Salmon pate on crackers, Herring, Smoked Oysters, and Kippers, then moved on to a Shrimp dish, Crab Bisque, and finally, in honor of our first year living in the northern Midwest, we grilled the freshwater fish Walleye. Banana Cream Pie (no fish involved) for dessert.
Happy New Year, thank you for a great year of cooking together and cheers to a great 2009!