Armando Palmieri, from Misen En Place, suggested a few Christmas menu items on his site that I am more than happy to pass along. In addition to the usual Neapolitan menu items, he has added a few alternatives.
One option is a salad with chickpeas, fried salmon, cut into small pieces, rucola and balsamic vinegar.
Another idea is making a salad using granchio a roundelle (or surimi), chopped celery, and shrimp tossed in a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper.
Or a simple dish made with anchovies, also includes those who are fresh on the market already marinated in oil and vinegar and cut inhalf. Put each strip on a lettuce leaf or, if you wish, layering them with diced tomatoes
Or shrimp with an avocado dip. A dip made with avocado, shrimp, mayonaise, lemon, olive oil, and parsley.
For the first course, rissoto with artichokes and shrimp.
For the second course, black sea bass cooked al cartoccio in the oven with vegetables.
For dessert, an amazing dessert layered with custard, cake, and fruit...Trifle.
For the recipes on all these dishes, take a look at Armando Palmieri's web site.