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Michael Symon whips up a Christmas Eve Feast of Seven Fishes menu for the Early Show

Mussels at Trouville fish market
Mussels at Trouville fish market
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Wondering what to cook for guest this holiday season? Well seafood fans who enjoy a little Italian flair might consider serving The Feast of Seven Fishes.

Also know as The Vigil, Iron Chef Michael Symon re-created the Italian Christmas Eve tradition on CBS’s Early Show Wednesday morning. During the cooking segment, Symon comprised a mouth watering garlic clam pasta and fried jumbo shrimp which leaped right off the platter. Symon claims the easy-to-prepare dishes are a great way for families to enjoy the holiday season.

Celebrating his Sicilian and Greek heritage, the Cleveland born chef explained to co-host Russ Mitchell the feast typically caps off a week of fasting. Revelers would then sink their teeth into scrumptious clam, scallop, shrimp, mussel, oyster, snapper and swordfish dishes. Yet traditionalists have been known to incorporate 9, 11 up to 13 seafood and fish dishes.