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Seafood Holiday Menu for the Christmas Season

As you have probably gathered, we like to entertain; we love having friends and family around our table. Any occasion is a great reason to try a new recipe or return to that one that never fails. December festivities are an excuse to pull out the china, the fancy wine glasses and great a special feast. We hope you enjoy this Seafood Holiday Menu (note: you can print the menu below for your guests to take home with them).

For this year’s holiday menu, I choose to start by enlivening the tastebuds with Peppered Fresh Chèvre with Toasts – the apéro should never be so much or so heavy that it spoils the appetite.

chevre peppercorns

For the meal itself, fish and seafood is the theme, beginning with Gary and Jane Langton’s Salmon, Avocado, and Crab Parcels – beautifully presented, these parcels are full of flavor, blending the bounty of the sea with creamy avocado.

Salmon Avocado Crab Parcels

For the main event, I feature my Cocoa & Lavender recipe for Sea Bass Poached in Tomato-Saffron Broth – a light and colorful dish that begs for thick slices of baguette for sopping the broth.

Poached Sea Bass saffron tomato broth

The perfect winter salad for this meal is Barbara Schuerenberg’s Poireaux en Vinaigrette – to me, leeks are the epitome of winter elegance.

Lavender Honey and Almond Pots

For dessert, Mirabeau Wine’s creamy Lavender Honey and Almond Pots de Crème seem just right – a holiday pudding scented with traditional Provençal flavors. Meilleurs voeux pour une belle saison des fêtes.

Seafood Holiday Menu Christmas Menu des Fetes 2017

Other Holiday Menus:

Flavours of Provence Holiday Menu for Bird Lovers

Provencal Seafood Dinner Menu for the Holidays

Vegetarian Holiday Menu Inspired by Provencal Flavours

Holiday Entertaining Menu with Provencal Lamb

Seafood Holiday Menu 2017

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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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