Many moons age, there was a show on the Food Network called Ready, Set, Cook, hosted by Sissy Biggers. It was one of the first cooking shows I really got hooked on after Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals. Two contestants would receive various ingredients and in a timed competition, had to make dishes on the fly with the ingredients. Years later, the show moved to the wee hours of the morning and eventually was dropped. ‘Tis a shame. It was then replaced by another show and I can’t for the life of me remember the name. Male host this time, same general premise and after revealing the ingredients, he would say “Make my dinner.” Anyone remember that one? It’s not still on, is it?
So now in our own little version on Sweetnicks… the ingredients include any type of fish, shellfish or otherwise, and you’re making appetizers. What would you make?
Regular readers know that we do the Feast of Seven Fishes, an Italian tradition, on Christmas Eve. Usually I make a Cioppino (seafood stew), because it’s easy and can quickly bang out 4-5 of the fish in one fell swoop. The only problem with that is that there ends up being very little on the table and it doesn’t seem very feast-like or like Christmas Eve.
When my mom did Christmas Eve, she would have seven separate fish dishes. While I don’t think my energy level nor my mid-kitchen renovation can handle that, I’d like to find a happy medium. I am closerthanthis to making a Standing Rib Roast as a main course, and she suggested then doing the 7 fish as appetizers, which seems like a happy medium … very feast like and special for the holidays, and managing to get all the fish in.
So that’s where we are … I have already decided on Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon Dip and Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs, Scallop Casserole, Spuma di Tonno and I think Roasted Oysters. So that takes care of 5 fish, leaving 2 more to go. Whatcha got? Your best fish/seafood appetizer, spill it.