Why Seafood Is The New Holiday Dinner
Just because something is traditional doesn’t mean it has to be your tradition. Holiday meals have long been filled will honey baked hams, turkey, and the occasional steak. Take it from the chefs behind one of Pawleys Island seafood restaurants, it’s time for a change.
Seafood dishes for the holiday season can help your family create or change up your yearly routine. Whether you’re looking for something lighter or just want to try new dishes, there are a number of Pawleys Island seafood restaurant menu items that you can create at home.
Best Seafood Dishes For Holiday
Start your holiday meal with a fine dining favorite, shrimp cocktail. The simple, yet luxurious starter will get your guest ready for a grand seafood entrée. The key to creating the perfect shrimp cocktail display is starting with quality shrimp. Choose jumbo, raw shrimp that you clean and devein yourself.
Another easy starter – and staple for any seafood restaurant Pawleys Island – is She Crab soup. The simplest way to prepare this starter is to create a large batch and serve in small cups. Your guests can enjoy the soup while mingling or sitting away from the table.
Choosing a main course for your seafood-inspired holiday meal can be tough, given all the fine dining choices available. We have two favorites from the Chive Blossom menu that would make the perfect holiday dinner.
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes: Making crab cakes for your holiday dinner means guests get to select their portion size and (a plus for you) this dish is easy to make. Crab cakes are also a good Pawleys Island seafood option for the family member who doesn’t like seafood with a strong fish flavor. The crab meat has a delicate, light taste, so go easy on the seasoning as to not overpower the meat. Why choose crab cakes?
- Freeze any leftovers and reheat for future dinners.
- Can create a number of dishes – sandwiches, salads, or pair with steak.
- Pairs well with different sauces to meet all the guests’ preferences.
- Can be served with a multitude of side dishes.
Penne With Shrimp: Pair this entrée with the She Crab soup starter for varied flavors throughout the night. While the Chive Blossom recipe combines flavors from country ham, cremini mushrooms, spinach chiffonade, and asiago cream into the dish, you can add your own touch. Perhaps you like fine dining with some spice? Or, change things up with a marinara sauce for an unexpected flavor. There are a number of reasons penne with shrimp is a good holiday meal:
- Easy to make large quantities for big gatherings.
- Side dishes are simple: mixed green salad, hearty bread, and grilled vegetables.
- Easy for guests to serve themselves.
A seafood holiday dinner can be a unique way your family celebrates Christmas or the New Year, and, if you’re not ready to rule out the ham just yet, you can alway bring the family to Chive Blossom in Pawleys Island to indulge in our seafood menu.