Many Italian-American families celebrate Christmas Eve by cooking a meal of fish and shellfish. In my family, Christmas Eve more often includes last-minute wrapping, Chinese food, and The Christmas Story, but this year we decided to up the ante and embrace the fishy tradition (with the help of some venerable sources). We cooked and ate for seven hours...and we even managed to include cod (although not the infamous baccala). My mom made some crab cakes that stole the show and I've included her recipe below. The feast was an exhausting, slightly drunken, incredibly filling success.
|Anchovies and Pimentos (A pared down version of our family's classic antipasto)|
|Mussels in a Cilantro Broth|
|Penne with Octopus in Tomato Sauce (left) and Baked Stuffed Squid (right)|
|Baked Cod with Potatoes and Olives, Sauteed Kale|
Bon Appetit (June 2002)
Makes 8 crab cakes.
- 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs*
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1 tsp grated lemon peel
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 lb crabmeat, well drained
- 3 tbsp olive oil
*If you are anything like me, you are probably considering skipping this step. But, I promise the homemade breadcrumbs make all the difference. They don't taste like filler and they help add some crunch when fried.