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12/15/2011 11:12 am ET Updated Dec 20, 2012

Feast Of The Seven Fishes Recipes

Italians know how to celebrate Christmas Eve! Tradition holds that no meat should be consumed on Christmas Eve (vigilia di Natale), so Italians eat seafood. But they don't just eat one dish, they typically eat seven (the number is thought to represent the seven sacraments). And some families take it to the extreme and serve even more. So just in case, we've given you 21 dishes to choose from!

The following collection of recipes includes all the classics you'd expect as well as a few simplified versions. You'll find all your favorites, including shrimp scampi, linguine with clam sauce, fish in acqua pazza and the Italian-American favorite cioppino. So, what are you waiting for? Let the feasting begin!

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