I’m sure many of us are guilty of over indulging in alcohol, turkey dinner, macaroni and cheese, pies, and plenty of leftovers each Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year we usually put on a few extra pounds, with every intention of making good on our New Year’s resolution to exercise more and eat healthier.
But with the abundant and fresh seafood available to all of us Floridians, visitors, and snowbirds, there really isn’t an excuse to wait until the New Year to begin eating healthier. December is the peak time of year for fishermen as the change in the weather brings us some delicious and healthy diet options. Plus, you’ll be able to exercise more by shopping at the small local businesses for your holiday needs.
With the trend toward healthier food choices; ham, the staple of many Christmas dinners is slowly being swapped with seafood delicacies. In fact, many families are making seafood a major part of their holiday menu.
As a kid, I grew up with oyster stew and jumbo shrimp cocktail on Christmas and Alaskan King Crabs for New Years. Who knew our traditional holiday family favorites would become preferred choices for many of the holiday gatherings?
Another tradition observed during Christmas Eve is the Feast of the Seven Fishes which is an Italian – American custom of either seven different seafood dishes or what I do; a tomato-based seafood stew recipe that includes your choice of seven different fish. This is my favorite holiday treat as I make it for myself, my house guests, and to serve at the Big Water Fish Market. My recipe includes chunks of cod and salmon, crab, mussels, clams, scallops, octopus and shrimp. I call it: Scott’s dish of seven fish. Here’s how to put it together.
Step 1: In a large stock pock heat oil then sauté the trinity (chopped onions, green pepper, celery), add bay leaves, garlic, deli dust. Sweat and slightly brown this mixture. Add fish stock, clam juice or even vegetable stock.
Step 2. Cut potatoes in 1-inch cubes, peel and cut carrots in 1-inch rounds, 1 large can of Italian crushed tomatoes, fresh herbs then add to the pot and simmer until potatoes and carrots pass the fork test.
Step 3: Add your seafood. First add your fish cut in 1 ½ inch cubes and baby octopus, then shrimp, scallops, crab meat, then lastly add clams then mussels. Simmer until shellfish opens.
Garnish with green onions. Serve and enjoy.
Don’t forget about smoked fish spreads, Ceviche, Poke, Shrimp cocktail and stone crab platters, lobster, crab cakes, crab legs, clams, mussels, oysters and FISH. All available at your BIG WATER FISH MARKET. Place your Christmas orders now. We will accept New Year’s orders after Christmas.
On a parting note: please be mindful that the hospitality, food and restaurant businesses are under pressure to perform as it is a busy time of the year for these industries. Planning ahead with a bit of patience on your part is greatly appreciated from all who strive to bring you a joyous holiday season.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR BIG WATER FISH MARKET FAMILY TO YOURS.
Live well….Eat fish.
Big Water Fish Market
6641 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key – 941-554-8101
BWFM holiday hours:
Christmas Eve – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Christmas Day – Closed
New Year’s Eve – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Year’s Day – Closed