The holidays are all about traditions. Setting up the tree. Last minute shopping. Wearing tacky, but festive christmas sweaters. There are hundreds upon hundreds of holiday traditions and everybody has one that’s their absolute favorite. Personally, my favorite would have to be Christmas Eve Dinner, and for as long as I can remember, that dinner has always been “Louie’s Linguini with White Clam Sauce”. This is an old recipe my Italian grandfather passed down to me, and although it’s more difficult to explain how a German-Irish American had an Italian grandfather, explaining why I eat this every year has a much more simple answer… It’s just absolutely delicious. The richness of the butter in the sauce. The sweet, oceanic taste of the shrimp and scallops. The savory aroma of garlic and herbs filling the room, occupying your olfactories. Plus, let us not forget all that Christmas cheer in the air this time of year. It’s unbeatable. So Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to one and all. My gift to you and yours this year is a delicious holiday meal that’s so fantastic, you can eat it all year round.
-Olive oil (Just enough to cover the bottom of a large cast iron frying pan)
-Pepper (To taste)
-Red Pepper (To taste. No need to go overboard- an 1/8 of teaspoon will do. Add more when done for more spice.)
-1/2 a teaspoon of oregano
-1/2 a teaspoon of basil
-6 Cloves of chopped garlic
-3 to 4 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsely
-1 stick of butter
-1/4 Cup of white wine
-4 Tablespoons of parmesan cheese
-4 Cans of chopped clams (save juice)
-2 Bottles of clam juice
-1 and a half to 2 pounds of cleaned shrimp or scallops (or half of each)
– 2 pounds of linguini
1. Cover pan with oil ( 2/3 of a cup). Bring linguini water to a boil.
2. Lightly brown garlic in pan.
3. Add butter and parsley. Melt butter.
4. Add all other ingredients except linguini, shrimp (and or scallops) and clams to frying pan and stir well. Bring to a simmer, stirring for 10-15 minutes.
5. Add shrimp (and or scallops) and clams to sauce. Bring up to a simmer again and add linguini to boiling water, stirring both well.
6. When linguini is done, so is the sauce.
7. Pour sauce over linguini and serve with garlic bread and white wine of your choice. Merry Christmas!