It’s a coming together, a moment in time celebrated annually with people you love, and that specific brand of joy is mirrored in the meal. Each course is vibrant, full of life, a spectacle.
Here are seven fish and seafood dishes worthy of a special occasion:
Serve bowls of mussels with a flavorful, fragrant broth, like one with tomato sauce and sausage or ginger and lemongrass.
Lobster has a place on the holiday table. Serve it with a crisp fennel salad as a starter. Or make something unexpected, like a spicy ketchup sauce.
Splurge on domestic wild shrimp and poach them in vermouth. Serve them with a ginger remoulade sauce as a riff on shrimp cocktail.
For a light, bright starter, pickle oysters with lemon juice and Champagne vinegar and serve in a salad. Or go the old-school route and bake them with a crisp bread crumb topping.
These luscious morsels are the perfect ingredients if you’re looking for something that cooks fast. Serve them with a luxurious butter sauce or a simple salted yogurt.
If you want to cram several types of fish and seafood into one dish, a stew is your best bet. You can use it with a tomato-y broth and tons of shellfish; or with white fish, mussels and the simplest lemon broth; or with tomatoes, olives and ham.
Pack one or two whole fish in a salt crust and bake. Bring to the table and crack the crust to reveal the fish inside.
This holiday season, feast. Feast with family and friends. Mark time, make note, take a moment with those around you to recognize and celebrate the year as it draws to a close.
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