Traditionally Italians break out the “seven fishes” tradition for Christmas Eve. Our family follows that somewhat. As the years go by people’s tastes change and we are not eating the same fish as our grandparents! My dad took over the tradition of cooking Christmas Eve a couple of years ago. It is now his event and his “thing.” While my mom, sisters, and I are busy prepping for the main event, Christmas Day, Bucky is dealing with the “fishes.”
What makes this time so much fun is not only the cooking he does, but the annual Arthur Ave trip. He takes all the “men” to Arthur Ave in the Bronx to some real deal places! There they get all the fish, bread, meat, and antipasto fresh! They go early in the morning and have a blast! I love that my husband, Brian, now gets to take part of the tradition. But of course I am insanely jealous all morning long as they instagram photos!
Brian actually loves octopus haha! I know some people are totally freaked out. Katie and Danielle think its 100% gross! I know it looks creepy but if you can get over it, it is good! So I added a Octopus and Potato salad to the rotation for Brian. Turns out my grandmother and Kevin are into it as well! This recipe I adapted from Lidia Bastianich, who is the queen of Italian cooking!