Christmas Eve, also known as Nochebuena, proves to be a bigger feast than Christmas Day itself. And if you know an Italian, are married to an Italian, or are an Italian, you know this point is especially true.
If you're clueless to an Italian's "Feast of the Seven Fishes", don't fret - we're defining every dish and sharing how similar they can be to a Latino's holiday meal.
This dry salted, flaky cod fish will likely make the Italian feast. Traditionally, it's prepared as a cold salad or hot with tomatoes and capers. Luckily, a Latino won't be too shocked by this one, considering we, too, eat similar dishes, such as Angelo Sosa's Bacalao.
An odd, but necessary component to the seven fish's feast: sardines. These small, salty fish are often a fried appetizer or found atop a pasta dish. Bring these Fried Sardines with Chile Lime Salt - you'll fit right in!
Prawns or shrimp can be fried up, sautéed or otherwise - the perfect addition to a "fish only" dinner. These Super Grilled Shrimp with Habanero Butter are a simple and spicy option for nochebuena.
Whole Roasted Fish
And when you see a whole fish on the table, don't be intimiated - the Italians are all about family-style. Chances are, you've had something similar, like this Fish in Charred Corn Husk.
Octopus / Squid
These fishes are definitely making the Christmas Eve dinner table, whether in form of a grilled polpo (octopus) or fried calamari. This Warm Squid Zucchini Salad would be the perfect addition to an Italian dinner.