In France and Italy, and across much of Continental Europe, seafood is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve and it is a very good way of embarking on the meat feast that is to follow. But you don't have to stick to the custom, just keep this in mind for a very quick, warming and yet elegant supper.
A fennel salad before or after would be lovely, but you need no more with it than just some bread for dunking. Adding the Holiday Hot Cake as a pudding would finish the evening off with gusto.
For this and other ideas for alternative Christmas main courses try these simple recipes.
Recipe posted by Nigella