Feast of the Nine Fishes

I’ve heard tales of a mythical Italian Christmas meal called “The Feast of the Seven Fishes.” In my mind, I picture Giada bring platter after perfect platter of crazy crustaceans, mollusks and fish to a table of adoring family members. Each dish is probably accompanied by lots of wine, and stories, and laugher.

Sounds like heaven.

If the Feast of the Seven Fishes lasted an entire week, it would be the week we just had in Florida visiting Mike’s parents. Like my imaginary Feast of the Seven Fishes, our week was glorious in many ways. We enjoyed built-in babysitters, lots of naps and time outside. In between trips to the beach, pool and swamp, we managed to eat no less than nine types of fish. Many of them were prepared by Mike’s mom Leanne, with your truly as the occasional sous chef.

In addition to Sam’s Goldfish, here are some of the other fishes we enjoyed this year:

Crab Cakes with Pepper Aioli: I made crab cakes! Had never done it before. This recipe calls for blending up 2 scallops to put into the mixture to help everything stay together. Leanne tip: get the lump crab meat from Costco. Another Leanne tip: Get a nutribullet to help blend up the red peppers for the delish aioli.

Firecracker Shrimp: This is a Hearne classic. Super simple shrimp wrapped in pancetta and grilled. Perfection.

Scoma’s Cioppino: Like many foods, I had never heard of cioppino until I met the Hearnes. It is a tomatoey seafood stew of the gods – you can put whatever type of seafood is freshest. Ours included shrimp, turbot and clams.

The USS Nemo: This Naples restaurant has a cult following on Yelp for their Miso-Glazed Seabass. It lives up to the hype… we also had delicious grouper and Salmon/Tuna Poke.

So there you have it… our very own Feast of the Nine Fishes.

Until We Eat Again,

Two Happy Cooks


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