Saturday, December 24, 2011
"12 Days of Christmas" Day 12, "Buon Natale! Christmas Eve Italian Style"
Italian food is one of the most popular and satisfying of all foods. (maybe because I am Italian) Whether you are Italian or not, food is love, and simple dishes of the freshest ingredients make a warm and loving holiday gift to share with anyone. As the Italians say, Buon Natale!
On Christmas Eve, many Italian American families will be preparing and feasting on what Italians revere as “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” or “La Vigilia Di Natale.” This has been a tradition for many generations and dates back to ancient times in mostly southern Italy. As the Italian people immigrated to the United States in the early 1900’s, they carried on their traditions with them.
Day 12, of “The 12 Days of Christmas” is finally here. You have made it through all 12 days! I hope that you enjoyed your journey and learned some delicious new recipes. So, as my last recipe for "Christmas Eve Italian Style", I would love to share a very festive dish called “Italian Baked Stuffed Clams.” May your Christmas be Merry and your food be heavenly.
Italian Baked Stuffed Clams Recipe
24 cherrystone clams
Salt & pepper to taste
4 sprigs of parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of butter
Juice of 1 lemon
Scrub and open clams, leaving clam on one half of the shell. Chop garlic, parsley, and scallions together. Add bread crumbs mixed with grated cheese, butter, and salt & pepper, to taste. Blend until smooth. Spread equal amounts of mixture over each clam. Pour a little lemon juice over each. Bake in 475° F oven for 10 minutes, until golden brown. Yield: serves 4 (recipe from: All Fish Seafood Recipes.com)
Till Next Time……….
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