It’s Christmas Eve, and you haven’t a moment to spare. That’s why seafood for dinner makes so much sense.
In Italy, seafood dishes on Christmas Eve are a must. For Catholics, serving seafood was a way of avoiding red meat on a holy day.
There is a more practical reason to continue this tradition: Many seafood dishes are easy to prepare.
Oyster stew comes together in a matter of minutes and is best eaten as fresh as possible. Every time I make it, I’m surprised at how quick this treat is. Though oyster crackers are a popular choice for sprinkling over the stew, I prefer a rustic bread, like a crusty sourdough rye, slathered in butter. Rich and hearty don’t begin to describe its wonders.
Salmon is a healthy fish that is best served simply, such as a sauté with cucumber. Cooked cucumber may seem strange to some, but it is a true partner to the fish. Rice or pasta with garlic butter on the side finish off the meal.
Tuna is a fish that shouldn’t be overcooked, so pan-searing it about 3-4 minutes on each side will get you dinner on the table quickly. Tuna Steak au Poivre, a French term referring to the pepper used on the outer skin, Serve this dish with a salad of mixed greens or arugula.
So, if you’re in a rush to make a candlelight service or get some last-minute packages wrapped, then try a simple seafood dish. You’ll give your family something hearty and get have more time to enjoy the holiday.