Christmas Eve Seafood Recipes To Try This Festive Season

Christmas Eve Seafood Recipes To Try This Festive Season

Alessandro Clemente

There are so many people out there who have a terrible obsession for seafood. There is a significant fervour for such delicious recipes. Many times, you don't feel like having the same routine food, and even your pocket doesn't allow you to go to a restaurant to dig into some pricey mussels. However, now you don't have to repress your feelings anymore! Because we have some easy and quick Christmas eve seafood recipes for you to try at home this festive season. These recipes include some of the best Italian seafood options, including mussels, shrimps, anchovies, and more. They are going to bring a twist in your basic X' mas recipes. Out of the finest Italian seafood recipes online, we have got you our favorite three.

Even most of the traditional Italian seafood dishes sound cliché and we humans crave for something new and delicious all the time. This article is going to be very helpful for people who love fine-dining at home. So, let's get started!

Recipe 1: Seafood Pasta Salad With Italian Dressing

Ingredients:
  •   1 pound chilled, cooked shrimp
  •   1 package tri-color rotini/penne pasta
  •   2 chopped tomatoes
  •   1 chopped red bell pepper
  •   1 chopped green bell pepper
  •   2 cups broccoli florets
  •   ½ thinly sliced red onion
  •   2 minced cloves of garlic
  •   2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  •   2 teaspoons of olive oil
  •   1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •   2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  •   2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

*This should feed 2-4 people.

This is all you need to make Christmassy seafood pasta salad with Italian dressing at home.

Making Seafood Pasta Salad:

  •   Boil a large pot of lightly salted water, cook rotini at a boil for 7-8 minutes, until it is tender yet firm to the bite.
  •   Run pasta under cold water and let cool in a large mixing bowl.
  •   Add shrimp, onion, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, garlic, oil, vinegar, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  •   Toss well. The aim is to coat everything with the oil, spices, and vinegar.
  •   Let it chill for at least 1 hour.
  •   Serve cold, sprinkle Parmesan over individual servings.

Some of the points you need to keep in mind:

You can also increase the amount of veggies to cut down on the carbs.

If you want to switch from tri-coloured rotini pasta to whole wheat, penne pasta, you can.

Keep the salad in the refrigerator (temperature at 40 °F) before you pack it up and take to go.

Recipe 2: Oranges Salad with Salted Anchovies

This delightful Italian salad recipe brings together oranges, olives and anchovies. Beautiful and refreshing, this simple salad can easily be made ahead. One can serve it as a first course or with roasted chicken as mains.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Sicilian Oranges
  • 100 g Agostino Recca Green Olives
  • Agostino Recca Anchovies in Salt
  • Dill
  • 40g Agostino Recca Unsalted Capers
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Hot Pepper
  • Pine nuts

*This should feed 4 people.

Preparation:

  •   Cut the salted anchovies into small pieces after cleaning them properly and getting rid of the excess salt. Peel off the skin of the oranges and slice.
  •   After arranging on a dish, sprinkle with pieces of anchovies and olives.
  •   Add capers, hot pepper, dill, pine nuts, pour the oil, and mix everything well in a separate bowl. Do it gently with a fork.
  •   Now pour the sauce over the salad and let it stay around 5-10 minutes before serving.

Suggested wine: Catarratto di Sicilia IGP 12% Vol.

Serve chilled at 8-10 °C!

Recipe 3: Quick and Easy Mussels Recipe

Fresh mussels are a treat for any seafood lover and are so easy to make that they almost cook themselves. You can make your dinner more special with an appetizer of steamed, white wine mussels.

Ingredients:

  •   1 bag fresh mussels (2-3 pounds)
  •   1 clove garlic-sliced
  •   2 tbsp. fresh basil- chopped
  •   1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  •   2 tbsp. olive oil
  •   2-ounce white wine

Instructions:

  •   Rinse your mussels thoroughly and remove any mussels that won't close if you tap them. Open mussels are dead, and you can't eat those.
  •   In a large sauté pan add your olive oil and sliced garlic. Allow the pan to heat some and as the garlic begins to cook, add in the mussels, red pepper flakes and basil.
  •   Cover the pan and allow the mussels to steam open. Then, pour white wine in and cook for 3 more minutes.
  •   Let the mussels to open fully. Then, cook them for some more time (2-3 minutes)
  •   And done! We suggest serving immediately with garlic bread.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Cooking these dishes can be a bit difficult if you have questions in mind. So, we chose some of the most commonly asked questions and turned to our top Italian chefs for answers.

What are Agostino Recca anchovies in salt?

It is the most popular name of Italian anchovies. These salted anchovies are packed in salt to retain maximum texture and flavour. 

How do I use leftover anchovies?

Jarred anchovies can be refrigerated in a firmly sealed lid once opened. With tinned anchovies, transfer them to a pot and leave them submerged in oil, so they don't spoil.

Are frozen mussels healthy?

Mussels are known to be rich in protein and minerals. Low in cholesterol and fat, they are good for the heart. As mussels are highly perishable and delicate, it's best to keep them frozen.

Where can I buy seafood online?

Although these recipes are very easy to cook, many ingredients might be difficult to spot in the local grocery stores. Turning to an online seafood store like Italian Food Online Store can be your best bet.

(Tip: Purchasing it online will help you save a few bucks too!)

Buon Appetito!

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