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Italian Christmas Eve Shopping List

December 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Christmas, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fish, Holiday, Lobster, Long Island Wine, North Fork, Scallops, Seafood, Winter Recipes

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and although some stores will be open, it’s best to finish up your food shopping by tonight. If you are going to prepare our Italian Christmas Eve dinner or a version of it, this list may be helpful if you are shopping on the North Fork or visiting a vineyard.


  • Wines: 1 red, 1 white, 1 bubbly – Feel free to use our selections.
  • Black olives
  • Sharp provolone
  • Dried fruit
  • Assorted nuts – pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts
  • Crostini, grissini (Italian breadsticks), or crackers

Salad Course – Shaved Fennel and Blood Orange Salad

  • Champagne vinegar
  • Fresh fennel bulb
  • Blood oranges, navel oranges, or Ruby red grapefruits
  • Shallots
  • Dijon mustard

Soup Course – Tortellini en Brodo

  • Fresh Chicken Stock or Garden Stock
  • Cheese Tortellini or your choice
  • ½ lb of baby spinach

Main Course – Seafood Involtini

For seafood, visit The Southold Fish Market on the Main Road.

  • 1 lb A white fish of your choice – flounder, sole, striped bass (butterflied) – feeds up to four
  • Shrimp
  • Bay scallops
  • Mussels
  • Clams
  • Lobster
  • Crab – Long Island blue-crab or high-quality lump crabmeat
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • 1 can of high-quality canned tomatoes
  • Your own roasted peppers or high-quality preserved peppers
  • Bread crumbs
  • Fresh parsley
  • Parmesan

Dessert Course

Exotic Fruit Salad:

Find fruit at your local supermarket.

  • 1 or 2 bananas depending upon number of guests
  • ½ of a papaya
  • 1 mango
  • 1 small pineapple
  • 2 teaspoons of dark rum and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (optional)
  • Torrone
  • Panatone
  • Toasted Chestnuts
  • Bottle of Laurel Lake Moscato
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