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Baccala, cod fish, a Christmas eve traditional dish 
larry


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Here is a traditional Christmas Eve Italian dish:

Baccala (Cod fish)

3 lbs. baccala
1 cup olive oil
small jar capers
1/4 cup pignoli nuts
1 tsp. oregano
salt / pepper
4 garlic cloves
1 cup black olives
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp. basil
2 lbs. plum tomatoes, chopped

Traditional recipe for Christmas Eve

Soak dried baccala in the refrigerator for 3 days. Changing water 3 times a day. (Baccala can now be purchased presoaked.) Boil black olives for 2 minutes, drain; set aside. Run water over capers, drain; set aside. Place fish in baking pan in a single layer, sprinkle all ingredients over top. Bake 375 degrees for 1 hour.


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Don't forget... 
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'tis the holiday season, don't forget about this delicious Italian recipe that is popular for Christmas Eve.

Ciao!

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Hi Larry,

I generally love all Italian cooking. Only 2 things I do not like: 1) Firelli(the evil green vegetable that is often eaten with sausages in the south) and 2) .........................baccala!!! I had it on Xmas Eve in Napoli again this year. I ate it but would rather have had something different.

I have never tried your recipe. Is it Sicillian? I will give it a try and see if I can reduce my list down to the nasty green vegetable only. Very Happy

BTW, Happy New Year!


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I think it's Italian 
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Hi NigelAxis,

I guess everyone has their own tastes! that's what makes the world go round.
I personally don't like lenticchie.
Anyways, I think the recipe is Italian, not Sicilian per se.

Thanks
Larry


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larry wrote:

I personally don't like lenticchie.


Terrible!!! You have to eat Lenticche on New Years Eve as they symbolise money. Eating them improves your finances for the coming year......but I am still waiting for them to take effect!


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I knew there was a reason! 
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I knew there was a reason that money seems to move away from me!!!

I guess I'm destined to be poor. It's the lenticchie.

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Hey Guys!

I'm back! It's been a while. I moved to KC and am staying with my Sister and her family until I can get a place of my own, so computer time is limited for now.

I'm all for New Year's Eve traditions that promote riches for the coming year. Does anyone have a recipe for lenticchie? I've never tried it and I'm willing to try almost anything at least once.


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PS If any of you find your way to Kansas City, come by Harrah's Casino and look for me. That's where I'm working these days (well, nights really).


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More Italian Dishes for Christmas Eve? 
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Larry, you look like you know how to eat well! My favorite for Christmas Eve is Zuppa di Mussels (clams) o Vongole al Pomodoro, but your bacala dish is what my family got the most excited about for years! Do you have any good recipes for seafood salads such as octopus or squid? Please let me know what you think of my family's Christmas Eve mussels recipe:

Zuppa di Mussels (clams) o Vongole al Pomodoro

Mussel or Clam Zuppa (Special rich soup) with Tomatoes, Zuppa di Cozze o Vongole al Pomodoro: Classic, simple addictingly tasty dish. This shellfish recipe will work well as a first course, served with Bruschetta, a simple and delicious Italian garlic bread, or on a bed of fine pasta or linguine al dente.

Ingredients:

live hard-shelled clams or mussels or both (Up to 5 1/2 pounds if you have large pots and a VERY hot gas stove up to 1.5 lbs for most stoves.)

1/2 cup olive oil

3 large cloves garlic (more the merrier to taste)

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional

1/2 cup dry white wine (pale dry sherry works very well.)

Parsley sprig (fresh italian wide-leaf) (Optional for white sauce)

Optional (white sauce needs no tomatoes both are great! 1/4 pound very ripe tomatoes (6 small Campari on-the-vine fresh tomatoes would be amazing!)

no salt.

(Start preparing a day ahead.)

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Preparation:
Soak shellfish overnight in salted water (in sea water if available, or see instructions below.).

Drain in a colander. Mince abundant parsley, cut the tomatoes, and grind some pepper in your peppermill.

Sliced garlic as finely as possible. Not minced, just paper thin fine slices.

Heat the olive oil in a heavy 3 quart saucepan or Dutch oven over very low heat. Add the garlic; cook slowly until the garlic just begins to turn very light brown, this should take about 10 minutes. 2. Add the crushed red pepper, if using, and remove from the heat. Let cool 5 minutes.

Return the pan to high heat; add the wine and boil 3 minutes. Add the cleaned clams or mussels and cover tightly. Steam, shaking the pan occasionally, just until the shells open, about 2 minutes for the mussels, 6 minutes for the clams. 60 seconds before completion add tomatoes and parsley if desired, more red pepper or black pepper to taste. Spoon the shellfish and broth into shallow bowls and serve very hot.

Cook a minute or two more, and serve, with toasted bread or over pasta.

Note:
If one of the shellfish fails to open upon being cooked, do not eat it! It was already dead when it went into the pot, and eating it could make you quite sick.

And email me any seafood recipes you think I can try!


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Grazie! thank you 
larry


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Thank you Juanabe

That recipe sounds very delicious! I will have to try it myself.

I even made it another post on the forum.

I think I have a calamari salad recipe I can post. I'll have to look for it.

I'll send you a private message when I find it.

Thanks again!

Larry


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Dear I'm all for New Year's Eve traditions that promote riches for the coming year. Does anyone have a recipe for lenticchie? I've never tried it and I'm willing to try almost anything at least once.
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Recipe for lentil soup 
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Hi tentionfree,

Here is a recipe for lentil soup

http://www.addicted2italy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19:lentil-soup&catid=7:recipes&Itemid=3

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