Italian Christmas Eve Fish

Every Christmas Eve, Italians serve seafood.  For religious reasons, they do not eat meat on Christmas Eve.  Some people refer to this tradition as the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  I would say most people make baccala, calamari and octopus.  My grandfather used to make fried smelts, and my grandma also made eel.  Here’s a sample of what we had this year.

Baccala salad:

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Fried baccala:

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Baked clams:

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Linguine with squid sauce:

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Calamari:

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Grilled calamari:

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Octopus salad:

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Lobster tails:

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Shrimp cocktail:

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