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How To Cook A Real Feast Of The Seven Fishes

Yes, there will be pasta.

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The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a traditional Italian-American meal, typically served on Christmas Eve.

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But you could make it *any time*.

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This FEAST involves SEVEN courses, all featuring some sort of FISH or seafood.

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Those are the only rules. Maybe your Nonna butchered live eels in the sink for her feast. But uh, we will not be doing that. This is a brand-new feast of the seven fishes that's both traditional and totally doable.

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Here, we will show you how to make seven (7!) courses. There is a dip, there is fried crunchy stuff and yes, there will be PASTA. But don't fear, you don't have to make them all at the same time.

Is it a project? Sure. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

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Just like any party, this one has to start with DIP.

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This creamy little number is made with smoked trout, herbs, sour cream and a few other wonderful ingredients.

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Recipe for super simple trout dip here.

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And as part of ~cocktail hour~, you need wonderful SNACKS.

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Snacks like these clams, which are covered in a buttery, garlicky breadcrumb mixture, baked until crispy and are best eaten with a million glasses of sparkly wine.

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Recipe for the greatest baked clams here.

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And no festive gathering would be complete with out something FRIED, like this Fritto Misto, king of crispy, salty, snacks.

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Fritto misto is Italian for a pile of delicious, crispy fried stuff.

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Yes, it does involve frying. But it is not scary! We will show you how.

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This is the kind of snack that is best eaten dipped in insane amounts of mayonnaise or aioli.

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Get the recipe and learn how to fry seafood here.

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Now comes the SALAD, because we need our greens and are all adults here.

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This one has lots and lots of herbs, lemon, and SCALLOPS, which are basically the greatest gift to ever come out of the sea IMO.

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Learn how to sear scallops here.

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No Feast of The Seven Fishes/dinner/life would be complete without PASTA.

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The fish here comes in the form of anchovies, which are like little salty friends that make everything taste better, but especially tomato sauce.

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Seriously, even if you think you don't like fish, you will lose your damn mind for this sauce. Recipe for life-changing pasta here.

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Next comes your SOUP. This elegant situation is called "Cioppino" (Chee-O-Pee-No), which is Italian for fish stew.

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It's got all the hits: tomatoes, shrimp, and mussels. What's not to love?

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Recipe for ridiculously easy fish stew here.

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And last, but not least, the quiet, unassuming star of the whole meal: THE STRAIGHT-UP FISH.

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It's by far the easiest and most foolproof way to make fish for a crowd. Plus, it only has 5 ingredients, most of which you probably already have (except for that giant piece of fish, duh).

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Recipe for your new favorite way to cook salmon here.

Are you cooking your own Feast of the Seven Fishes? Show us the goods and tag us #BuzzFeast

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