Here are a few recipes for an Italian Christmas Eve dinner. It’s usually 7 Fishes, but this is a good alternative:
Christmas Eve Dinner Italian Style
- (2) large eggplants, skinned and sliced ¼ inch thick
- (3) cups Italian flavored breadcrumbs
- (2) eggs beaten
- (1/4) cup milk
- (2) cups Parmesan cheese
- (4) tablespoons chopped parsley
- (2) teaspoons dry oregano
- (2) cups Ricotta Cheese
- (8 oz.) tomato sauce – Prego or other brand
- (2 cups) shredded mozzarella
- (1) cup olive oil
Mix eggs and milk in a bowl.
Mix breadcrumbs, and half the Parmesan cheese, parsley, and oregano in a different bowl.
Heat olive oil to medium.
Dip eggplant in egg batter and dredge through breadcrumb mixture.
Place eggplant in frying pan and brown on both sides.
Place on paper towels.
Mix/whip ricotta cheese and remaining ingredients (except mozzarella) together
Let the eggplant cool.
1 slice of eggplant, top with 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture—spread on eggplant; add another slice of eggplant; top with a spoon of tomato sauce and a tablespoon of mozzarella.
Repeat until you have 3-4 slices of eggplant per stack.
Once assembled, bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until cheese melts.
- 1-2 lbs. JUMBO shrimp/shelled and deveined (leave tail on or off)
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 4 tbs. butter
- 4-5 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ cup dry white wine or vegetable stock
- 2 tbs. lemon juice
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- Crushed red pepper if desired
Heat olive oil and ½ of the butter. Saute’ garlic 2 minutes.
Add shrimp and sauté on one side for 2 minutes.
Flip shrimp and pour wine/stock over shrimp, cook 3-4 minutes.
Shrimp should be pink.
Add remaining butter, lemon juice, and toss parsley into shrimp (red pepper).
Remove pan from heat.
Can be served over linguini or rice if desired.
Stuffed Flounder With or Without Crabmeat
- (1) Piece of founder per person (using 6 pieces for recipe)
- 1 cup chopped crab meat (optional)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- (4) lemons for garnish – cut into equal pieces
- Zest and juice of (1) lemon
- 2 cups breadcrumbs Italian flavored breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
- 4-5 cloves finely chopped garlic
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
Rinse flounder and pat dry.
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat butter and ½ olive oil in sauce pan, add garlic and saute’ for 1-2 minutes.
Add breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, oregano (crabmeat if desired) and sauté until blended and if adding crabmeat until cooked.
Place 2-3 tablespoons of mixture and spread in middle of flounder. Roll flounder and hold together with toothpick.
Mix lemon zest and lemon juice together and pour over flounder.
Bake 15-20 minutes until fish turns white.
Once removed from oven top fish with any remaining stuffing.
Squeeze lemons over fish.
Fresh Apple Cake, courtesy of Deb Yarmula.
You will need (3) large mixing bowls, Bundt pan, shallow baking pan
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 ½ cups chopped Granny Smith apples – cored and peeled
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
Preheat oven to 325. Coat 10 inch Bundt pan with non-stick spray and lightly floured.
Spread walnuts in a separate pan and toast for about 7 minutes until golden. Cool completely.
In large bowl whisk flour, baking soda, and salt.
In another large bowl combine walnuts, vanilla, cinnamon and 3 cups of the cut apples.
In third bowl beat sugar, oil, and eggs with electric mixer on medium until well blended.
Turn mixer to slow speed and gradually add the flour mixture from bowl 1. Scrape bowl occasionally with spatula. Beat one minute longer of until well combined.
Fold in apple mixture from bowl 2.
Once all ingredients are folded together spoon batter into bundt pan. Add remaining apples to top and gently press into mixture.
Bake 1 ½ hours or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cool on rack. Serve with a big helping of ice cream.