Do your Christmas party differently this year with a seafood-centric holiday meal. Choose from these delectable starters, salads, soups and main dishes.
A good selection of appetizers
The key to serving appetizers is to make sure that they vary in ingredients, colors and textures. Your family may love mussels but if you serve three different mussel appetizers, it will not only be redundant but boring too.
There’s no requirement that you serve four or more appetizers, of course. One is good; two, even better. If one dish is on the creamy side, make the second one crispy. You get the idea. For example, if you have oysters on the half shell (a la Rockefeller) or cheesy mussels, make the second starter course something crispy like:
Salmon in your salad
Make the seafood in your salad stand out! My recommendations:
Soup with seafood and vegetables
The vegetables in your meal don’t need to make an appearance only in the salad dish. Choose a seafood soup with plenty of vegetables for color, flavor and bulk. These three are especially good:
A main dish served family style
If you’re the designated cook, do yourself a favor and choose a main dish that does not require to much work and serve it family style.
If rice is a must, there’s seafood paella.
Rice not necessary? Try baked salmon with buttered vegetables a la Conti’s.
If you like a fruity main dish, there’s baked salmon with peaches.
With dishes like these, it’s unlikely that anyone’s going to miss the meat.
See the full list of seafood recipes for more ideas.