December 2, 2010 11:36 AM Subscribe
I need a fish course for the middle of a 2+-hour holiday dinner. Please recommend delicious fish or seafood recipes that can be prepped a few hours ahead of time, and that don't require much fussing right before serving?
posted by gallusgallus to food & drink (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for 1-2 fish or seafood dishes to serve in a family Christmas Eve dinner that follows the traditional Eastern European structure of 12 serial courses (i.e., each course is finished before the next is served). The dinner will be meatless, but otherwise I'm pretty flexible in terms of flavors/ethnicities/styles, because none of us are huge fans of the more orthodox cabbage- and beet-centric Christmas eve fare.
Because of the logistics of serial serving, I'm trying to choose dishes that can be mostly prepared at least an hour or two in advance of being eaten, and that don't require a ton of close attention-- for example, careful watching to test doneness-- right before they're served. Basically, I'm looking for things that can be made earlier, then slapped in a slow cooker or oven to keep warm until their moment in the meal arrives. But 99% of fish recipes seem to involve very brief cook times with lots of watching, and prompt serving thereafter. There'll be a soup course earlier in the meal, so fish stew is out.
Can anyone recommend any relatively low-maintenance, temporally flexible fish recipes for me to consider? It's a big dinner with picky eaters present, so bonus points for dishes incorporating fish that's fairly inexpensive and mild-tasting, like salmon, flounder, shrimp, tilapia, etc. Thanks so much!